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With goal of hiring at least half of workers from the neighborhood, incoming Central District PCC to hold community meetings, job fairs

To help respond to community hopes, requests, and suggestions, the incoming PCC grocery store at 23rd and Union is planning to hold two public meetings later this month. Meanwhile, after company officials pledged to try to hire about half of the new store’s staff from the surrounding area, PCC has also announced an upcoming job fair.

CHS broke the news last week that the Seattle cooperative grocery chain was set to replace financially troubled New Seasons in a supermarket space waiting for its new tenant on the northwest corner of 23rd and Union.

Company officials and CEO Cate Hardy met with a small group of neighbors and community groups last week as the project was first announced. Hardy told CHS that questions centered around jobs — about half of the new hires will come from the surrounding neighborhood, Hardy said — and the types of produce and products the store will carry. “As soon as we learned New Seasons was not going to be opened there, we moved to make sure the community would have access to our fresh produce and groceries,” Hardy said.

The upcoming community meetings on Tuesday, January 14th and a daytime session on Saturday, February 1st will take place at the Garfield Community Center at 23rd and Cherry. UPDATE: The 1/14 session has been postponed due to weather.

Meanwhile, PCC says the new store will bring around 100 “union jobs” to the neighborhood. Hardy told CHS her goal is for about half of the new hires to come from the surrounding neighborhood. If you’re interested, bring your resume to one of the upcoming PCC job fairs planned through March at the Douglass-Truth Library, 2300 E Yesler Way.

  • Wednesday, January 29th : 3:30-6:30
  • Monday February 10th : 3:30-6:30
  • Thursday, February 27th: 10:30-1:30
  • Saturday, March 14th: 10:30-1:30
  • Thursday, March 26th: 10:30-1:30
  • Saturday, April 4th: 10:30-1:30
  • Monday, April 6th: 3:30-6:30

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21 thoughts on “With goal of hiring at least half of workers from the neighborhood, incoming Central District PCC to hold community meetings, job fairs

  1. “Show of hands!

    How many of you think we shouldn’t stock ibuprofen or acetaminophen?

    OK. That’s troubling.

    And how many of you think kombucha does anything other than taste horrid?

    Hmmm. OK.

    Well, we’re all staffed-up at the moment …”

    • Kombucha is disgusting, rotten tea.

      I have no idea why people drink it.

      It reminds me of the mate fad of a decade or more ago…when people would drink that tea-that-tastes-like-urine out of that special cup-with-a-metal-straw you are supposed to drink it from.

      So. Damn. Gross.

  2. Don’t ya’ll know this is AFRICATOWN GROUNDS and this is just another show of gentrification? Everyone that lives in this neighborhood is too poor to shop at PCC. Should have opened another Grocery Outlet.

  3. Praying this fails hard. Would want nothing more than a bunch of empty post modern buildings in the CD to make the developers who kicked out black People just lose money. Let’s make that corner a ghost town again

      • Businesses don’t “provide jobs” the laborers provide them services. Cause and effect backwards with you again Bob

      • “Businesses don’t “provide jobs” the laborers provide them services. Cause and effect backwards with you again Bob.”

        You’re joking, right? You think people are just wandering around, “providing services” ex nihilo? Unless you, y’know, START A BUSINESS, or get hired by someone who has, how do you get paid for the services you provide?

        I really want to know what you mean.

  4. I made a mistake recently in the Ballard PCC – bag of oranges $5.99. Wow ! Turns out that was per lb, so my small bag was $15. Almost $1 per orange. Who are the customers for this store ?

  5. Dang, things got troll-y here last night.

    My fav comment is from the guy that claims that despite the corner once “being a ghost town”, developers still managed to “kick” people out of it.

    Prolly just being ironic to point out the absurd.

  6. Just to say, I live and work in the neighborhood, and i fully support this PCC. Also I appreciate the efforts put forth to engage the local community. Despite all the repeated naysaying, I think there is a great many neighbors that will use and support this grocery store.

    I also want to say that places where oranges are grown have had their own climate-driven problems which have triggered higher prices this year. Even still, i think slightly higher prices may helps us all do something we should consider as American consumers – Eat less. It’s better for you and better for the planet.

  7. So happy about this news! I won’t have to drive to the Columbia City location anymore and just walk two blocks. PCC is local, employs people from the neighborhood, and yes, sells high-quality mostly local and organic products – some from farms and vineyards in the area. The commercial space is there – do people want it to stay vacant? And gentrification? I much prefer a PCC to the businesses we had there before – sites of a double murder, an arson attack, and working ladies in the small hours of the night.

    • Businesses didn’t cause double murders ya dip. The murders happen anyways…you just upped police and added density and moved poor and gangs to other parts of town.

      • i.e. the added police, increased density, and reduced gang activity made the neighborhood that we all live in safer, something that we’re all celebrating!

  8. If PCC lives true to its claims and really does hire locally, source as much as possible locally and attract people to spend money in the neighborhood – that’s a net gain. Good for them and the people who can afford to shop there.

  9. Good morning
    Inquiring aboutyour hiring process for the 23rd and Union
    Ilive on 18th and Pike and looking for a part time job 24-28 hrs week
    I do massage part time and teach yoga part time
    Please let me know your hiring process
    I haven’t worked retail for awhile but am very good with people
    Thank you
    Peace ✌🏾

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