PCC Community Markets will open its downtown Seattle grocery on Jan. 19, the co-op announced earlier this week.

The opening comes years after PCC announced plans for the store, to be located at Rainier Square. When it opens, it will be the only full-service grocery in the downtown core, an area grappling with office closures and a loss of retail establishments.

“This is an exciting opening for thousands of people who live and work in downtown and it comes at a critical time as we look to welcome more office workers back and more residents call downtown home than ever before,” Downtown Seattle Association President and CEO Jon Scholes said in a statement.

PCC’s expansion into downtown Seattle follows on that of H Mart, the Korean grocery chain that in 2019 opened a supermarket specializing in Asian foods near Pike Place Market. Kress IGA’s 3rd Avenue location closed in 2020.

The store will be the 16th in the PCC chain, which was founded in Seattle in 1953 and describes itself as the nation’s largest community-owned food market. The co-op also plans to open a new store in Madison Valley and relocate its Kirkland location.

The downtown Seattle store will include a deli, pizzeria and bakery counter, and offer produce, meat, seafood and fresh dairy products. House posts carved by Andrea M. Wilbur-Sigo, a member of the Squaxin Island Tribe, will be displayed there.

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“As the anchor grocery source for a vibrant Downtown, we are excited to be a part of the revitalization of the neighborhood and are committed to becoming a trusted member of the community where people come to enjoy a cup of coffee, catch up with a friend on a lunch break and pick up dinner,” Store Director Jai San Miguel said in a statement.

The approximately 20,000-square-foot store is located in Rainier Square at 1320 Fourth Ave.

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This story has been updated to reflect HMart’s opening in 2019.