PCC Natural Markets opens ninth store in Edmonds, Wash.

Local, natural food products and eco-friendly features throughout PCC's newest location.

(Seattle, Wash, August 26, 2008) — PCC Natural Markets (PCC) will open the doors of its newest store in Edmonds, Wash. on Wednesday, September 3, immediately following a ceremonial ribbon cutting by Edmonds mayor Gary Haakenson at 9 a.m. The public is invited to attend.

The 25,252 sq. ft. grocery store, located in the Westgate neighborhood at 9803 Edmonds Way (intersection of 100th Avenue West and Edmonds Way), offers shoppers in the greater South Snohomish county and North King county markets a wide selection of natural and organic products. Extensive improvements to the existing building, that maximize energy efficiency and minimize waste, are expected to qualify the store for LEED® Platinum certification.

"PCC is proud to offer residents of this area a beautiful and conveniently located store to shop for delicious fresh, natural food and organic products," said Tracy Wolpert, CEO. "We have worked closely with the City of Edmonds and many local vendors and community groups to bring PCC's unique shopping experience to this thriving community."

PCC announced its plans to enter the Edmonds market in November 2007 and reassembled the store development team that built its Redmond, Wash. store, including Seattle-based VELOCIPEDE Architects and Bruce Hale Design Studios, and Woodman Construction (Bellevue, Wash.). The Redmond PCC opened in May 2006 and was the first-ever grocery store to earn LEED® Gold certification.

The new Edmonds PCC will showcase a full-service deli; fresh seafood case; made fresh on-site sushi, pizza and gelato bars; bulk food department, state-of-the-art classroom and teaching kitchen and environmentally-sensitive features throughout the store.

The sales area is lit by natural light from 35 skylights specially glazed to block solar heat. Energy efficient fixtures provide lighting well below Washington State's Energy Code, and timers and sensors minimize usage of all store energy-consuming systems. Space heating, hot water heating, and refrigeration systems are interconnected making it possible for refrigeration system heat to be used to heat the store, including all hot water needed for dishwashing.

The flat roof on the 34,400 sq. ft. building is designed to collect rainwater, which is then stored in a 4,500 gallon tank adjacent to the store. Pressurized water from the tank is used to flush store toilets and irrigate landscaping around the building, saving 160,000 gallons of water annually. Two rain gardens, one in the middle of the store parking lot and another in the southwest corner, capture and clean parking lot water run-off. Vehicle oils and sediments are filtered through the rain garden's plants, amended soil and beach pebble layers.

The new store will be open for business 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily following the opening, and will be staffed by 120 full and part-time employees. Food sampling and cooking demonstrations celebrating the store's opening are scheduled throughout September. Classes offered through the PCC Cooks program will begin at the Edmonds PCC on September 4.

About PCC Natural Markets: Headquartered in Seattle, Wash., PCC Natural Markets is a certified organic retailer with annual sales of $115 million and an active membership of nearly 40,000 households. PCC operates nine neighborhood locations; eight in King County including Fremont, Greenlake, Issaquah, Kirkland, Redmond, Seward Park, View Ridge and West Seattle, and its Edmonds store in South Snohomish County. www.pccnaturalmarkets.com

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