Sneak peek inside new Burien PCC before Wednesday grand opening

(WSB photos)

At 8:45 tomorrow morning, you’re invited to be at the new Burien PCC Community Markets (WSB sponsor) store as it opens for business. We went to tonight’s media preview so we could show you a sneak peek – and find out what the new West Seattle store might have in common with this one. Short answer to that: Pretty much everything, as this is the prototype for all new PCC stores, we’re told. With, of course, perennially popular features like the bulk items:

And newer features like a taqueria and pizzeria:

Back to the classics – a space for classes:

And if your time is too short to prep and cook from scratch, you’ll have meal-kit options:

Beverage options:

And for yogurt lovers:

The centerpiece in the produce area holds a special significance:

An official “pineapple cutting” will start the opening ceremony at 8:45 tomorrow morning, and the first 112 people there will get free fresh organic pineapple. The store opens at 9 am. It’s in what used to be a Albertsons at the Five Corners Shopping Center, 15840 1st Avenue S. It’s 25,000 square feet, the same size planned for the new West Seattle store, expected to open by “late summer” next year.

22 Replies to "Sneak peek inside new Burien PCC before Wednesday grand opening"

  • jissy May 22, 2018 (9:52 pm)


  • Brenda May 22, 2018 (10:04 pm)

    Slightly closer than Columbia City. I can’t wait for our new PCC, I totally miss it. What is the significance of 112 pineapples?

    • WSB May 22, 2018 (10:34 pm)

      12th PCC store. The original news release also explained the pineapple as “the universal symbol of welcome and hospitality.”

  • SWinWS May 22, 2018 (10:06 pm)


  • Katie May 22, 2018 (10:08 pm)

    Yay!  Looking forward to this!

  • newnative May 23, 2018 (7:18 am)

    I will check it out but for now, i think the Columbia City store is closer on the 50. 

  • airwolf May 23, 2018 (7:29 am)

    cant wait to try their pizza

  • DumplingGirl May 23, 2018 (8:00 am)

    So happy to have a PCC back on the westside!

  • JeffK May 23, 2018 (8:09 am)

    Maybe they’ll stop building soon and their prices will stabilize.

  • Astro May 23, 2018 (8:29 am)

    I’m happy to check this location out. It’s a pain traveling to the Columbia store and the parking is tight if you hit a rush. I will count down the days and days for their W. Sea return. :)

    • Pcc shopper May 24, 2018 (7:14 am)

      Burien PCC has a big parking lot.

  • MikeK May 23, 2018 (8:38 am)

    This is great for those of us living in Arbor Heights.  Easier to get to than Columbia City or even the old WS site.

  • Tina May 23, 2018 (12:19 pm)

    Yaaaa!  This looks amazing!!!  I’ve never shopped at the PCC before but if this is how the new one in Admiral is, I will be there every week!

    It looks like it might be able to replace all the wonderful fresh items we used to get at the Met (pastas, sandwiches, salads) that disappeared with their remodel (yes, I have told them how sad I am about it).  Maybe might even get the Met to improve their offerings.  *crossing fingers*

  • Gina May 23, 2018 (12:25 pm)

    Be prepared for lines at checkout–two checkouts for non-express (over 15 items.). If you see a cart in the parking lot, grab it on the way in! Lots of wonderful stuff in the store. 

  • Chris May 23, 2018 (6:21 pm)

    Interesting that it was built almost right next to Trader Joes.  

    • Patti O. May 24, 2018 (8:05 am)

      Interesting how Trader Joe’s built right next to an Albertson’s that is now closed… karma’s a bitch!

  • aa May 23, 2018 (6:32 pm)

    It doesn’t look like it but there are actually eight checkouts.  And I’m happy to see no self checkout stations. thank you PCC for investing in your employees and not eliminating jobs for humans.

    • Luke May 24, 2018 (4:37 am)

      I agree. I will wait 10-15 minutes for a checker before using self checkout.

  • Mrs B May 24, 2018 (8:15 am)

    PCC is locally owned and unionized. Trader Joe’s… the opposite. For those who are torn between the two being next door to each other, well, the choice should be clear. Shop local and support workers’ rights. PLUS PCC selection of healthful and organic foods should sell themselves, really. I am thrilled to have a PCC closer to me!

  • Wes C. Addle May 24, 2018 (9:13 am)

    No self-check? boo.  It still takes a human to repair the self-check stations and also attendants are still there to help people that have trouble.  Not like it’s a job killer.  It’s to help people that don’t want to wait for the ancient person trying to use their checkbook.

  • newnative May 24, 2018 (12:32 pm)

    For some reason I have had trouble at the self-checkouts at the PCC, its system is different. The Fremont location always has an employee there to assist customers. I don’t believe they take away jobs, as the employees spend an enormous amount of time stocking. As far as Trader Joe’s goes, they pay and reward their employees very well. We had excellent healthcare and I was able to be a stay at home mom. I don’t care for their food (because I know too much about it) but I won’t denigrate their compensation. 

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