PCC Community Markets

PCC Community Markets is a food cooperative based in Seattle, Washington. With over 58,000 members, it is the largest consumer-owned food cooperative in the United States.[3] Both members and non-members may shop at the retail locations, but members receive certain discounts. The organization currently operates fifteen retail locations. Eight of the fifteen stores are located in Seattle (in the Fremont, Green Lake, Columbia City, View Ridge, West Seattle, Ballard and Central District neighborhoods). The West Seattle location reopened on October 2, 2019.[4] The other seven are located in Issaquah, Kirkland, Burien, Bothell, Redmond, Edmonds and Bellevue.

PCC Community Markets
TypeConsumers' cooperative
IndustryGrocery store
Founded1953 (1953)
Headquarters,
Key people
Suzanne Monford, CEO[1]
ProductsOrganic food
RevenueUSD 277.6 million (2016)[2]
MembersOver 58,000
Websitewww.pccmarkets.com

The organization was founded in 1953 as Puget Consumers Co-op and was renamed to PCC Natural Markets in 1998. It was then renamed PCC Community Markets in 2017.[5]

OrganizationEdit

PCC is a member-owned and operated cooperative. The members govern through established bylaws and yearly elect a Board of Trustees who represent the interests of the members. Like other grocery cooperatives, the profits from the retail store operations go directly back into the stores or to the community (through classes, education or charitable efforts).

Current PCC programs include:

Candidates on the board of trustees are required to collect 1,000 member signatures to appear on ballots. As of 2021, it has 90,000 members.[6] Two candidates in the 2021 election, both employees endorsed by the United Food and Commercial Workers union, alleged that store managers had called the police on them while gathering signatures in an attempt to dissuade support.[6] The employees were ultimately included in the ballot and won election to the board of trustees, becoming the first store employees to sit on the board since the early 2000s.[7]

Relationship with Central Co-opEdit

In 1978, Capitol Hill Co-op dissolved for financial reasons and, in keeping with the principle that co-operatives cooperate with other cooperatives, PCC agreed to provide technical and financial assistance to the Central Co-op to replace it.[8]

PricingEdit

According to Consumers' Checkbook magazine, PCC's prices for the limited number of comparable items available were higher than the big-chain average.[9][10] However, the quality of PCC's fresh produce and meat received very high scores. The prices of organic food at PCC were about the same as the average prices at other stores in the Puget Sound area.[11]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "PCC Community Markets Names New President & CEO: Grocery Executive Suzanne Monford". pccmarkets.com. Retrieved 28 December 2020.
  2. ^ Annual Report, PCC Natural Markets, 2016.
  3. ^ "About PCC - PCC Community Markets". pccmarkets.com. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  4. ^ "West Seattle - PCC Community Markets". pccmarkets.com. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  5. ^ "PCC rebrands to emphasize its local roots". seattletimes.com. 13 September 2017. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  6. ^ a b Roberts, Paul (April 9, 2021). "PCC workers' bid to join grocery co-op's board draws controversy". The Seattle Times. Retrieved May 4, 2021.
  7. ^ Groover, Heidi (May 4, 2021). "PCC employees win seats on co-op board after controversial election". The Seattle Times. Retrieved May 4, 2021.
  8. ^ "About PCC - PCC Community Markets". pccmarkets.com. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  9. ^ http://seattletimes.com/html/foodwine/2003102934_supermarkets05.html
  10. ^ http://www.komonews.com/news/consumer/40395622.html
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-04-24. Retrieved 2014-04-24.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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