Just over a year ago, local grocer PCC announced it would be opening a location at the Five Corners Shopping Center in Burien, which is also home to a Trader Joe’s. Last week, the new location had its grand opening, making it the first of the chain’s stores south of Seattle.
The 25,000-square-foot space has most of the standard PCC trappings; in addition to groceries, it has a deli, a pizza counter, espresso service, and other to-go options, plus cooking classes. The location also features a Little Free Cookbook Library, a culinary twist on the Little Free Library, where neighbors can either leave or pick up cookbooks for free.
The new location, like all of PCC’s recent and upcoming locations, was designed by local firm Graham Baba Architects. (MG2, another local firm, is listed as the architect of record.) The facility is going for LEED v4—a green building certification—with systems to reduce lighting and water consumption. The grocer plans to operate completely on renewable energy through energy credit purchases.
PCC is in the middle of a fast expansion right now; in addition to the new Burien store, the chain has stores underway in Ballard (like with the Burien store, right by a Trader Joe’s), downtown, and in Madison Valley, in addition to a brand-new building to replace its West Seattle location.