PCC Natural Markets to open new store

Eighth store coming to Redmond, Wash.

New Redmond PCC store schematic.

Seattle, Wash. (August 18, 2005) — PCC Natural Markets (PCC) is opening a new store in Redmond, Washington next spring.

The new store is expected to open in March or April and will be the eighth location for PCC, the largest consumer-owned natural foods retailer in the United States. It will be 23,000 square feet, a little larger than PCC's Fremont store and virtually the same as PCC's Issaquah store.

Construction is under way at the new store site at Avondale Road NE and NE 116th St. in Redmond, Wash. The new location is well positioned to serve shoppers from Redmond to Woodinville, and even from Duvall to Carnation to the east.

PCC Chief Executive Officer Tracy Wolpert says he's delighted about expanding PCC's natural food offering to this growing community and is very pleased about its promising location. He says, "It makes sense for PCC to be part of the significant growth projected for East King County, where we already enjoy strong sales of our natural product lines through our Kirkland and Issaquah stores."

Chief Financial Officer Randy Lee says he's confident this store will strengthen PCC economically and produce good, new job opportunities. Lee also believes that "Our move into the Redmond, Wash., market will put us back in proximity to a large number of former PCC shoppers who migrated to the area from Seattle over the years."

The site for the new store is being developed by Issaquah-based Langly Properties and will include two buildings: a seven-tenant structure to the north and the PCC building, shared with a smaller tenant, to the south.

PCC is engaging much of the same professional team that planned its highly successful Fremont store, which opened in June 2003, to oversee store design and interior improvements. This team includes Velocipede Architects, Freehold Group as project manager, and Woodman Construction as the general contractor. The new store will incorporate many eco-friendly features, making the shopping experience both pleasant and green.

About PCC Natural Markets
Headquartered in Seattle, WA, PCC Natural Markets is a certified organic retailer, with annual sales of $89 million and an active membership of nearly 40,000. Founded in 1953 as a food-buying club and incorporated as Puget Consumer's Co-op in 1961, the company has been doing business as PCC Natural Markets since 1998.

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