PCC Issues Activity Update, Offers 1st-Ever Dividend

Report outlines business, sustainability moves over past year
Bridget Goldschmidt
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PCC Issues Activity Update, Offers 1st-Ever Dividend
PCC invested more than $4 million during 2020 in unforeseen COVID-related costs and safety measures at its 15 locations.

PCC Community Markets has released its “2020 Co-op Purposes Report,” which details its service not only to its own members, but also to the larger cooperative community. Following are highlights from the report:

  • PCC distributed 1.7 million pounds of product to neighborhood partners and held more than 600 cooking classes in 2020.
  • The grocer’s Ballard location was named the first Living Building Challenge Petal Certified grocery store in the world, and the co-op rolled out new standards for the eggs and Chinook salmon it carries.
  • PCC’s board and leadership team collaborated with a consultant to seek input from staff, members and partners to identify the co-op’s vision, mission and values. 
  • The food retailer introduced new microgrants to diverse entrepreneurs in partnership with Seattle-based nonprofit Ventures.
  • Since 2017, PCC has added a net of 1,353 new organic products to its shelves, achieving the co-op’s five-year goal in this area ahead of schedule.

The co-op operates on a triple bottom line, balancing economic, social and environmental impacts. Its five-year sustainability goals include achieving carbon-positive store operations, decreasing water use and increasing landfill diversions.

The full report is available online.

In other PCC news, the grocer revealed that it gave back more than 60% of its profit to its community, including its first-ever member dividend of $3.9 million. PCC’s 2020 grocery sales came to $383.2 million a 26.1% increase from the prior year, aided by the opening of two new stores and higher pandemic-related spending by its members with net income, including one-time impacts from historical tax refunds, of $2.7 million, a 26.4% rise from the prior year. As well as providing its community with more than $700,000 in financial and in-kind support, the co-op invested more than $4 million during 2020 in unforeseen COVID-related costs and safety measures at its 15 locations, and in staff appreciation pay.

In January 2020, PCC debuted a new member benefit program enabling members, including staff, to receive an annual dividend. Based on the co-op’s financial results and the needs of the business in a given fiscal year, the dividend is paid to active co-op members out of the profit the co-op makes specifically from member sales. The average 2020 member dividend paid was $46.93.

Seattle-based cooperative PCC operates 15 stores in the Puget Sound area, including the cities of Bellevue, Bothell, Burien, Edmonds, Issaquah, Kirkland, Redmond and Seattle. The co-op plans to open new stores in Downtown Seattle and Madison Valley, and relocate its Kirkland location.

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