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King 5 Covers PCC Opening

Yesterday, King 5 ran the following story on the PCC opening. Click here for the video:

635733668528991427-ColumbiaCityPCCSEATTLE — A new grocery store opened in Seattle Friday and while that alone might not seem like an important headline, in Columbia City it’s getting a lot of attention.

The diverse neighborhood south of downtown has been changing for years, but lately there are some prominent signs of development and its impact on the community.

“We just thought it was an incredible opportunity to join this vibrant, thriving community, growing in every way,” said PCC CEO Cate Hardy during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday morning.

The natural market caters to discerning shoppers who are willing to pay a little extra for quality, and the chain’s latest up-and-coming customer base is in Columbia City.

A few floors above, new studio apartments rent for $1,700 a month.

Though this historic south-end neighborhood has added a lot of new storefronts in recent years, this new development is quite a change.

“Today, quite honestly, it felt very different. It’s just bustling,” said Genessa Krasnow, who lives nearby.

Just down the street, a developer wants to build a six-story apartment building with retail space. It’s among seven planned projects within a few blocks near Rainier Avenue South.

One of them is going in right across the street from Faye Lowe’s long-time home.

“42 years, raised my children here,” she said from her porch.

Her property value “has reached the sky, it’s amazing,” but she’s apprehensive about all this change.

“It’s kind of overwhelming because it’s just too much construction, you know I’ve lost my quiet neighborhood,” Lowe said.

Affordable housing groups say they’re watching Columbia City closely, knowing that although development brings jobs, it often drives low-income families out of their neighborhood.

Some of the first shoppers at PCC share that concern.

“I’m hoping that we will still see all of the diversity that I have come to know and love in Columbia City,” said Debra Bouchegnies, who was checking out the new store’s displays.

PCC Officially Open


Photo by Dennis. CC Facebook page.

New PCC to Open July 24th

cc-opening-soon-email-renderingHere’s the official press release:

PCC Natural Markets to open new store on July 24 in Seattle’s Columbia City neighborhood


(Seattle, Wash., July 17, 2015) – PCC Natural Markets (PCC), will open the doors of its new Columbia City store on Friday, July 24 at 9 a.m. The Columbia City PCCis located at 3610 S. Edmunds St. in The Angeline, a mixed-use development at the intersection of Rainier Ave. S. and S. Edmunds St.

The opening of the Columbia City PCC will be preceded by a ceremonial ribbon-cutting by Seattle Deputy Mayor Kate Joncas and PCC CEO Cate Hardy at 8:50 am. The public is invited to attend. Store hours going forward will be 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.

“We are delighted that we will soon be welcoming shoppers to our new, spacious and state-of-the art store,” said Cate Hardy. “We look forward to serving customers from throughout the Rainier Valley area and to becoming an integral part of the historic Columbia City neighborhood.”

PCC has been serving South Seattle neighborhoods at its smaller Seward Park location for 30 years. The Seward Park PCC will close the on the evening of July 23.

PCC announced plans to be the anchor tenant in The Angeline in January 2013. The 25,000 sq. ft. PCC will offer a full line of natural and organic grocery products, best-in-class produce, full-service meat and seafood departments, and a wide variety of prepared foods and grab ‘n go deli items made fresh daily and on-site. Deli offerings will include a taqueria, noodle bowl bar, pizza, smoothies, espresso drinks and salad, soup and hot food bar choices.

The new store embodies a number of environmentally-responsible features to minimize its carbon footprint in support of the environmental element of PCC’s triple bottom line. The Columbia City PCC will be the first of PCC’s Seattle locations to host a WISErg Harvester that repurposes food scraps from store operations into high quality liquid fertilizer.

The new location features a fully-equipped cooking classroom – just one of many upgrades from the Seward Park location. Classes offered though the PCC Cooks program will begin on August 4. The schedule and registration can be found at

PCC partners with local food banks in each of the neighborhoods its serves to provide nutritious bulk food – purchased with shopper donations – to local residents in need. The Columbia City PCC is partnering with the Rainier Valley Food Bank, Jewish Family Services Food Bank and Chicken Soup Brigade. PCC also is a proud sponsor of the Columbia City Farmers Market, the Rainier Valley Heritage Parade and the Columbia City Gateway Project.

Complimentary 90-minute parking for PCC shoppers is provided in The Angeline parking garage accessible from both Rainier Ave. S. and S. Edmunds St.

Daily Journal of Commerce on the Angeline/PCC

Clair Enlow has the a new piece entitled “Design Perspectives: Angeline Apartments will Feed Columbia City” in the Daily Journal of Commerce. Click here to read the whole piece.


Photo by Clair Enlow. DJC.

Columbia City has a long history, but it has waited a long time for Angeline. Now a big package of sorely needed urban goods is being delivered, on a very tough site.

Security Properties is developing the mixed-use building between South Angeline and Edmunds Streets, just off Rainier Avenue South. It’s anchored by a PCC Natural Markets grocery store with 193 apartments above.

Luckily, the project is not going to make this reviving neighborhood a different place. But it will be even more populated day and night — and more fun to walk around. When it opens in July, Angeline will give back to Columbia City with some new, semi-public streets…

…Security Properties purchased the site in 2011 from HAL Real Estate Investments, which had bought it in 2007. After lengthy reviews with community input, the landmarks board had rejected design proposals from HAL showing a 306-unit apartment complex wrapped around an interior court. The board was more receptive to Security Properties’ proposal, which made the building very approachable from three sides.

The Angeline project was designed by Bumgardner, which also designed PCC’s first supermarket-sized store in Fremont, part of a mixed-use project there called Epicenter.

At six stories, Epicenter and Angeline are each taller than their historic neighbors. But the five-floor residential part of Angeline is stepped back from the edge, and the tall walls are not parallel to the base. They shift direction, which makes for interesting views from all sides and from the many apartment balconies, and breaks up the bulk and scale.

Unfortunately, the character of the outer walls seems to shift abruptly with each corner, which makes the much-reviewed building look like it was designed by committee — which, in a way, it was.

Looking east along South Edmunds Street in Columbia City, this view shows that Angeline sits on a difficult site. Completion is scheduled for July.

Perhaps the biggest challenge to developing the site was an existing one-story corner bank with drive-through lanes and parking. The bank carves away about a third of the Angeline block, but it now faces 20-foot-high concrete party walls on two sides.

The good news is on top, where a long, broad deck above the 20-foot base of Angeline will support an urban farm similar to one that produces food for Bastille Cafe and Bar in Ballard, according to John Marasco of Security Properties, which owns the building in Ballard, too.

The piece goes on to discuss some of the specifics of the location, the planning, and the overall design of the building. Click here to read the whole thing.

Third Place Books Coming to Seward Park PCC Location

After a few months of rumors, speculation, and hints, here’s the official release from PCC about the sale:


PCC Natural Markets announces sale of Seward Park PCC property to Ron Sher of Third Place Books

(Seattle, Wash., December 11, 2014) – PCC Natural Markets (PCC), the nation’s largest natural foods retail cooperative, has announced the sale of the building and property currently occupied by its Seward Park store to Ron Sher of Third Place Books. The sale precedes PCC’s move from the property to a larger site in the nearby Columbia City neighborhood in summer 2015.

Sher is purchasing the Seward Park land and 7,200 sq. ft. building, located at 5041 Wilson Avenue South in Seattle, with the intention of operating a book store, restaurant, and possibly a pub, similar to the project the company developed at the former PCC location in Seattle’s Ravenna neighborhood.

“PCC is delighted to have reached an agreement with a trusted developer that assures the offering of a new gathering place for Seward Park neighbors and visitors,” said Randy Lee, PCC’s Acting CEO. “Having a community-oriented successor at our property was extremely important to us, and based on our prior experience in working with Third Place Books, we are hopeful that the property’s new purpose will be welcomed by the local community.”

“We appreciate that Seward Park residents are reluctant to lose the Seward Park PCC which has served them well since 1985,” said Ron Sher, owner of Third Place Books. “We are committed to creating a new neighborhood asset and are moving towards opening the Seward Park Third Place Books by year-end 2015.

For many years PCC had tried to remain in its current location but was unable to upgrade the existing building and parking in a way that would adequately meet growing demand. In January 2013, PCC announced it would move from the Seward Park neighborhood to a new 25,000 sq. ft. site in Columbia City, about one mile from the current store. The new store will enable PCC to offer shoppers more product choices as well as triple available parking.

About PCC Natural Markets: Headquartered in Seattle, Wash., PCC Natural Markets is a certified organic retail cooperative with annual sales of more than $200 million and an active membership of more than 52,000 households. PCC operates ten neighborhood locations; nine in King County including Fremont, Greenlake Aurora, Greenlake Village, Issaquah, Kirkland, Redmond, Seward Park, View Ridge and West Seattle, and its Edmonds store in South Snohomish County.

About Third Place Books: Founded in 1998 in Lake Forest Park Wash. and in the Ravenna neighborhood of Seattle in 2002, Third Place Books is a general interest bookstore. It is a fun and comfortable place to browse, linger, lounge, relax, read, eat, laugh, play, talk, listen, and just watch the world go by.

Media contacts

Diana Chapman
PCC Natural Markets
206-547-1222, ext. 106
206-390-6657 (cell)

Rumor: 3rd Place Books or Restaurant/Pub Coming to Seward Park PCC Site

A member of the CC Facebook group recently posted the news that the Seward Park PCC site might have a few potential businesses eyeing the property. Currently, there are initial permits looking at using the Wilson Ave site as the location for a potential restaurant and pub. Diving into the Seattle public records for the address, this language pops up from a project description from the end of May:Specific PCCTo be clear: at this point in the process, nothing is at all final (Case in point: remember all of the permits suggesting a  Scott Staples burger place that was possibly coming to the Esmay building?…none of that played out and the building is now for rent).

In fact, another CC Facebook member responded to the original excitement about the prospect of a neighborhood restaurant and pub with a more recent (7/1) email directly from PCC:

You are receiving this message because of interest you expressed in developments concerning the future use of the PCC Seward Park location that will be closed sometime next summer. Nothing final has been decided but we are happy to report that we have been pursuing inquiries from business entities that share our concern that the next occupant of our store site will be welcomed as a neighborhood asset.

One inquiry, from Ron Sher, owner of Third Place Books, is looking most promising but is still in the exploratory stage. Third Place is the enterprise we have been working with as a potential candidate the longest, based largely on our excellent experience with them in the Ravenna neighborhood some years ago.

We will keep you informed as things develop further. Thank you.

Scott McCormick – Store Director Seward Park PCC – 206.723.2720

So, that’s where it currently stands. While, yes, there are initial permits/inquiries into using the site for a restaurant and pub, PCC itself is reporting that Third Place Books has a strong interest in coming to the neighborhood. Also (and I am just speculating here), Third Place has done things like this which would be interesting. Thoughts?


Third Place Books + Raconteur Officially Open

This weekend marks the official opening of the long-awaited Third Place Books in the former PCC Seward Park location. The bookstore has events planned all weekend with a number of very well-known, local,  and respected authors reading (on Saturday, Seattle’s best-known restauranteur, Tom Douglas, reads at 11…2006 Pulitzer Prize winner, Tim Egan, reads at 1). Here’s the official release:

Located in the former Seward Park PCC, Third Place Seward Park is a general interest bookstore featuring new & used books with a used book buy back counter open seven days a week.  Third Place Seward Park continues the Third Place mission of providing a gathering space for its new community.

Third Place is also proud to present our partner at the new location – Raconteur.  A new restaurant concept brought to you by the owners of Flying Squirrel Pizza.  Raconteur will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days a week.  Featuring a full coffee bar with locally roasted espresso, a dining room and a full bar, Raconteur aims to be the neighborhood destination, not only for the Seward Park area, but for all of Seattle.  Raconteur’s menu focuses on food from our corner of the world and dishes from around the globe – a truly upscale, international dining experience.

To celebrate our grand opening we have planned a weekend of book signings with a dynamic group of local authors.  Join us to meet your favorite authors and introduce yourself to the beautiful new addition to the Third Place Books family.

The new location, which also shares a space with a new restaurant and bar, Raconteur (which is being run by the folks behind Flying Squirrel) has been getting a lot of hype in the press. Here’s a Seattle Times write-up, another from Seattle Met, and this one from Eater.



Seattle Times on Seward Park’s New 3rd Place Books

Robert Sindelar, managing partner of Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park, is overseeing construction of Third Place's new bookstore in Seward Park, Mon., Feb. 8, 2016, in Seattle.

Robert Sindelar, managing partner of Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park, is overseeing construction of Third Place’s new bookstore in Seward Park, Mon., Feb. 8, 2016, in Seattle. Photo: Ken Lambert, Seattle Times

The Seattle Times has a new piece by Mary Ann Gwinn on the new Third Place Books coming to Seward Park. The piece outlines the details for the store , provides new info about the food offerings (restaurant, coffee, and a downstairs bar), and even has a number of photos of the construction and the extensive work being done to remodel the former PCC. According to the article, Third Place is hoping to open in April.

Below’s an excerpt, the full piece can be read here:

For months now the Seward Park/Columbia City neighborhood has buzzed with the question — when will the new Third Place Books-Seward Park bookstore open? In search of answers, I went to the new location at 5401 Wilson Ave. S. to take a look.

Robert Sindelar, managing partner at Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park, met me there and gave me a quick tour. We had a hard time making ourselves heard above the buzz of saws and the pounding of hammers, but never mind — it’s looking good, and could open its doors in April.

This store, taking shape inside the shell of the former Puget Consumers Co-op building in Seward Park, will be the third in the Third Place Books chain.

Owned by business visionary Ron Sher, the existing two stores, Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park and Third Place Books in Ravenna, showcase Sher’s concept that the best bookstores combine good business and good community building. Not just a bookstore, but a place to get coffee, work, socialize, gather, eat and last but not least, discuss and browse books — a sort of community commons, a meeting and gathering place for multiple age levels.

This concept has ensured success for the first two stores. The Seward Park store will be all that and then some, because the store’s managers and owners are creating an all-new store inside the old PCC.

The store’s 7,000 square feet will feature an espresso bar, a full restaurant called Raconteur (breakfast, lunch and dinner), a full bar downstairs, an event/reading space capable of accommodating up to 100 people, and books. Sindelar estimates it will stock 15,000 to 20,000 titles and 50,000 units (individual books). There will be a separate children’s department.

As with the other stores, the stock will consist of both used and new books — approximately 50 percent new, 50 percent used.

The renovation budget is about $1.4 million, Sindelar said.

The store’s most distinctive architectural feature is its arched roof, uncovered when the renovators knocked down the dropped ceiling and found both the ceiling and the original wood trusses. Now the interior ceiling is clad in beautiful overlapping wood, like a warm wood floor. Skylights let the light in.

Sindelar and Sher had scouted locations in the South End and in West Seattle (disappointed groan from this West Seattleite). Then they learned that the PCC was planning to move from its Wilson Avenue location to Columbia City.

 The co-op wanted a good price for the building (it was purchased from the co-op for $1.25 million, according to county property records), “but they were equally concerned with being a good neighbor,” Sindelar says, passing the property on to someone who would enhance the neighborhood.

Ka-ching. The Ravenna store is in a former PCC location, and that building was purchased from the co-op. Feelings were cordial between both parties.

From a traffic standpoint, the neighborhood already knew the location, and how to find the parking lot (yes! Parking!!!).

The restaurant will be run by Bill Coury and Brian Vescovi, owners of Flying Squirrel Pizza in Seward Park, Maple Leaf and Georgetown. In an email, Couri wrote that the restaurant will feature “upscale pub food with a global flair. … The bar downstairs will have 20 beers on tap with 6 dedicated German beers, private dining rooms, and plenty of flat screens to catch your favorite game.”…

SDOT Looking for Neighborhood Feedback Regarding Parking

If you’ve ever struggled to find a parking spot, been amazed at the speeds and recklessness of some drivers as they navigate Columbia City’s streets, or have some great ideas on how to improve the driving and parking conditions of the neighborhood, SDOT wants to hear from you.

In addition to this survey which I encourage you all to fill out, SDOT is hosting a drop-in session on Columbia City Community Access and Parking later this month. Here are all of the details:

ccmap2Do you work, live, or play in Columbia City? If so, please take our short online survey about neighborhood parking and access by March 19, 2016.


Through the Community Access and Parking Program, SDOT works in neighborhood business districts throughout the city to improve parking and access.  SDOT is beginning work with businesses and residents in the Columbia City neighborhood to better understand current parking and access issues in the neighborhood. The goal of this work is to improve parking and access in the neighborhood for customers, visitors, and loading needs, while maintaining access for local residents. The effort is focused around the Rainier Avenue business district (see existing conditions map).

Upcoming Outreach and Events

  • SDOT will be hosting a parking and access drop-in session at the multipurpose room at PCC (3610 S Edmunds St) on Saturday February 20th from 9:30 to 11:30 AM.  Come join us to share comments and questions in person.  Click here for more information on our outreach.
  • In spring 2016 we will be partnering with a survey firm to conduct intercept surveys of customers and visitors in the neighborhood.  Questions will include how people get to the neighborhood, how long they stay, and what are the main reasons they visit Columbia City.  Results from a similar survey in 2011 are available here.