I am not ashamed to admit that I got a little giddy when walking around this new PCC. Our old familiar location in Houghton closed on Tues 3/1 and on Weds 3/2 they opened their new doors at 430 Kirkland Way (just past the Kirkland Performance Center). And yes, there is parking! I had a feeling that might be your first question. There are a handful of quick-stop spots right out front and also a parking deck around the back. I love the entry area that flows from the street to welcome you in, and I can already envision future sunny days with locals and kids snacking at the tables and tiered seating outside.
This 19,000 square foot store is 30% larger than the old one, so it's no wonder I was wide-eyed as I savored each aisle and methodically filled up my cart. Check out my photos! Plenty of ready-made and grab/go foods, 6-8 fresh hot soups, salad bar, bulk items, beautiful bright produce, and a fabulous meat/seafood section too. You'll find plenty of pre-marinated items also so you can just head home and throw things in the air fryer (our new household routine). There are so many unique products throughout the store that piqued my curiosity. One big thing I always loved about PCC is that I feel like they have already done the work of vetting their products for me. I know PCC also strives to support local farmers and producers and they have goals to inspire and advance the health and well-being of people, communities, and the planet. This building was also built to the most rigorous green-building standard in the world. Their history and values and how this co-op works are worth the read.
When I checked out, there are some of the same familiar faces we know from the old location, and also a self-checkout area. Don't forget your free item if you're a co-op member, which was raspberries this week! Pro-tip, there are some $5 coupons sitting on a table near the registers. PCC also recently announced the results of the co-op’s 2021 community relations and giving efforts, which included donating nearly 2-million pounds of food and goods and contributing nearly $1 million through donations, in-kind assistance, and funds raised by its community to support local organizations.
I'm not sure if I'm just getting older and this is what makes grocery shopping more of an adventure, or perhaps the grocers just keep upping the experience. I even called one of my 18-year-olds in college to let her know how much she will enjoy this store the next time she's home. Oddly, she loves grocery shopping too, perhaps it's genetic? Get yourself there, it's worth the visit. Every day they're open from 6am-11pm. Let me know your fave things! ~j