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Rainier Square is going to have a PCC market once the new development opens in 2020. Wright Runstad & Co. and PCC Community Markets made the joint announcement last Friday (March 9). PCC will open a 20,000 square foot flagship location in the new 58-story tower at Fourth and Union. It will downtown’s first new grocery store since the Kress IGA Supermarket on Third and Union opened a decade ago.
The Rainier Square project occupies the block between Union and University streets and Fourth and Fifth Avenues. On the north end of the block will be the main 58-story tower. The tower will consist of 1.17 million square feet, with its entire 722,000 square feet of office space already leased to Amazon. Equinox fitness club is also set to open in the tower. Once complete, it will be the second tallest building in Seattle.
Above Amazon will be 188 luxury apartments. Including PCC, the tower will also have almost 80,000 square feet of retail space and seven levels of below grade parking to accommodate up to 1,000 vehicles. On the southeast corner of the block is Minoru Yamasaki’s 41-story Rainier Tower. Then on the southwest corner will be a new 12-story hotel with 163 rooms. The hotel project is expected to begin construction later this year.
Construction began in December with the demolition of the Rainier Square shopping center. Plans from 2015 indicate a main entrance on Fourth Avenue for an unnamed grocery store (now PCC). The new PCC location is also set to bring about 100 new union jobs.
Between Rainier Tower, the new Rainier Square tower and hotel, PCC will have a number of potential customers just from their block and surely many more from the surrounding downtown area.