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PCC Community Markets Plans Its First Fast Casual Restaurant Inside New Ballard Store

The massive PCC outpost will open November 13

A computer rendering of Ballard’s upcoming PCC Community Markets store, exterior with sign and digital people and cars milling around.
A rendering of the PCC Community Markets location that will open in Ballard November 13.
Courtesy of PCC Community Markets

One upscale grocer hopes customers may want to sit and stay awhile. PCC Community Markets — which has 13 stores in the Puget Sound area — is about to open a new location in Ballard November 13 at 1451 NW 46th Street that features its first fast casual restaurant. The fancy co-op’s 25-seat, counter service venue will focus on local, seasonal seafood made to order, including dishes such as creamy clam chowder with bacon, red curry and lemongrass mussels, and a jumbo shrimp boil. It will also serve local wine, beer, and cider.

In addition to the restaurant, PCC’s new 24,000 square-foot store will have a rooftop deck with views of the Ballard bridge and an art installation that showcases a giant octopus mural from Seattle illustrator Kyler Martz, an homage to the neighborhood’s maritime roots. On the deck, customers can eat food purchased from PCC’s taqueria, pizza counter, and self-serve hot and cold bars.

With Trader Joe’s a few blocks away in Ballard, PCC probably picked a good neighborhood to pull out all the stops. The competition for grocery dollars in Seattle is fierce, with Whole Foods continuing its own expansion in the city and H Mart selling Asian goods in more and more locations. PCC just debuted a location in West Seattle and — after the Ballard outpost’s unveiling — it plans to open new stores in Bellevue, Madison Valley, and downtown Seattle as well.