West Seattleite Cate Hardy chosen as new PCC Natural Markets CEO

PCC Natural Markets (WSB sponsor) has just announced a new CEO – and she is a West Seattle resident. Cate Hardy joins PCC this week from Starbucks, where she has worked for 9 years, most recently as vice president of operations, according to the PCC announcement, which says she “brings more than 15 years of retail experience in general management, retail operations, supply chain, growth and store development, and strategy” to her new job. The Seattle-based food-store company had been led since last May by Randy Lee, its chief financial officer, serving as interim CEO. The full announcement, with more on Hardy’s background, is on PCC’s website, here. PCC has 10 markets around the metro area, including one at 2749 California SW here in West Seattle. (Photo courtesy PCC Natural Markets)

7 Replies to "West Seattleite Cate Hardy chosen as new PCC Natural Markets CEO"

  • Food buyer. January 20, 2015 (1:40 pm)

    Maybe she can help the staff to lighten up, because if if goes the opposite direction PCC a will become just a dream I once had.

  • West Sea Neighbor January 20, 2015 (2:40 pm)

    That’s odd, Food buyer, I go there several times a week and have never experienced anything other than warm, courteous and helpful staff.

  • cj January 20, 2015 (2:52 pm)

    Welcome :) We love our PCC and hope you can help to maintained and maybe even improve the availability and reliability of our beloved natural market. As a person with both allergy and sensitivity issues I don’t know what I would do with out our local PCC.

  • cvhl January 20, 2015 (4:06 pm)

    As both a west seattlite and a former college of Cate’s all I can say is this is fabulous news. Cate is a wonderful, sharp, excellent person to work for!

  • tiredkitty January 20, 2015 (4:42 pm)

    This is wonderful!!!

    Unlike the company I work for…not one woman is in a manager’s position because it’s the”good ol’ boys club” if you know what I mean!

  • mnnm January 20, 2015 (11:52 pm)

    @ Food buyer – Keep in mind staff attitude is usually a reflection of the management. Awful management = unhappy staff.

    side note – PCC is notorious for putting people in management that have absolutely no business being in management. Lets hope the new CEO can finally fix this.

  • LDH January 21, 2015 (9:47 am)

    Congratulations – what a great hire! I worked with Cate at Starbucks and she is an exceptionally talented, partnering and bright individual – PCC is lucky to have her!

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