PCC Natural Markets to open ninth store

The nation's largest consumer owned natural foods cooperative coming to Edmonds, Wash.

Seattle, Wash., November 19, 2007 — PCC Natural Markets (PCC) will open its ninth store in Edmonds, Washington in mid-2008.

PCC finalized a long-term lease this week to take over the 34,400 sq. ft. building vacated by Albertsons in late 2005, in which PCC will occupy about 24,000 sq. ft. for its food store. Three smaller tenants are expected to share the remaining space.

"PCC is extremely pleased to have this opportunity to bring natural food choices to the Edmonds community," said Tracy Wolpert, CEO.

The new PCC is in the Westgate area of Edmonds at the busy intersection of 100th Ave. W. and Edmonds Way (SR 104). PCC's unique offering of all natural foods is expected to draw shoppers from the cities of Shoreline, Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace and Mukilteo, as well as the immediate vicinity.

The same team of professionals behind PCC's most recent stores in Redmond, WA (2006) and in Seattle's Fremont neighborhood (2003) is involved in the new project, and includes Seattle-based Velocipede Architects and Woodman Construction.

The existing structure will be renovated to incorporate a wide range of eco-friendly features to position the store for LEED® Platinum Certification, a distinction awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council for excellence in building design and operation. PCC's Redmond store was the first grocery store ever to qualify for LEED® Gold for exceeding industry standards for energy efficiency and systems performance.

PCC is expected to employ about 100 full and part-time employees at the new store.

About PCC Natural Markets: Headquartered in Seattle, Wash., PCC Natural Markets is a certified organic retail cooperative with annual sales of $112 million and an active membership of nearly 40,000 households. PCC operates eight stores in the Seward Park, View Ridge, Greenlake, West Seattle, Fremont, Kirkland, Redmond, and Issaquah neighborhoods. www.pccnaturalmarkets.com

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