PCC Community Markets’ roots are spreading with the company’s latest announcement today that it will open a 25,000-square-foot store in the Bellevue South project, located on the Southeast corner of Northeast 4th Street and 116th Avenue Northeast.

Bellevue will be the co-op’s fifth Eastside location. The Bellevue PCC is slated to open in 2020, and will provide about 100 union jobs. Other PCC Community Markets on the Eastside are located in Kirkland, Issaquah, Bothell, and Redmond, which recently was remodeled.

The Bellevue PCC will be located just down the hill from the Eastside Rail Corridor Trail, and in addition to groceries and other items, the store will feature a PCC Taqueria, handcrafted spirits, made-from-scratch pizzas, fresh pastries, grab-and-go sandwiches, and more.

“Bellevue holds a special place in our region’s food history dating back to the 1800s when the town, rich with orchards, vegetable patches, and berry farms, provided fresh produce to the rapidly growing city of Seattle,” said Cate Hardy, CEO of PCC Community Markets. “That same love of fresh food cultivated by local producers is what feeds our co-op, literally and figuratively.”

PCC Community Markets takes its fresh factor seriously — more than 95 percent of its produce and all of its meats are organic, non-GMO, or grass-fed. The seafood is sustainably sourced, and many of the co-op’s products are locally sourced, as well. And in the PCC kitchens, the chefs make food from scratch and salads and sandwiches with the same quality ingredients as are available in the rest of the store.

In addition, you won’t find artificial preservatives, colors, flavors, sweeteners, or other ingredients in any of the products PCC sells — including health and body care products.

PCC is a co-op, meaning it is a community-owned organization. Each store gives back to the neighborhoods it serves, and in the past five years PCCs have returned more than 50 percent of after-tax, net-earnings back to members. Founded in 1953 in Seattle, PCC is the nation’s largest community-owned food market, with an active membership of more than 60,000 households. PCC operates 11 stores in the Puget Sound — with the newest store opening in Burien.

Burien PCC. Photo courtesy of PCC Community Markets.

In addition to Bellevue, PCC plans to open a store in Ballard in 2019, and two more in Madison Valley and Downtown Seattle in 2020, which will bring the total number of stores to 16.

Seattle-based MG2 is the architect for the Bellevue PCC; the developer is KG Investment Properties; and Woodman Construction Inc. is the builder.