On Wednesday, Aug. 12, PCC Community Markets — the largest community-owned food market in the U.S. — opened its 15th store. The new location, at the corner of Northeast 4th Street and 116th Avenue Northeast, is the fourth PCC on the Eastside.
The building was constructed from sustainably sourced, nontoxic, and reclaimed materials, according to a press release from PCC. Customers can access the market by foot, bike, bus, and the upcoming Link Light Rail. There is also a parking garage which includes charging stations for electric vehicles.
An art installation by artist Shogo Ota, called “Murmuration,” featuring a group of birds coming together to form a Southern Resident Killer Whale, is also a part of the new market.
“I saw such a parallel between the way the birds come together to make an impact with the way that PCC supports local communities: caring about people on an individual level and believing in the impact this can have on a grander scale,” Ota said in the press release.
The co-op will expand its community partnership with Hopelink to include Bellevue Hopelink as a commitment to its new neighborhood.
The 19,000-square-foot store includes a large studio that will host PCC cooking classes once large groups can gather, the press release stated.