Ron Sher to turn PCC’s Seward Park store into bookstore, restaurant
PCC store site will be converted by longtime developer, just as he did in the Ravenna neighborhood.
Seattle Times business reporter
Developer Ron Sher plans to turn a PCC store in Seattle’s Seward Park into a bookstore, restaurant and possibly a pub, similar to what he did at a former PCC in the Ravenna neighborhood.
Seattle-based PCC Natural Markets, the nation’s largest natural foods retail cooperative, said it is selling Sher the land and 7,200-square-foot building at 5041 Wilson Ave. S. and plans to move its PCC store to the Columbia City neighborhood next summer. The Seward Park store opened in 1985.
Sher owns Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park and in Seattle’s Ravenna neighborhood. He said he wants to open the Seward Park store by the end of next year.
Terms of the deal aren’t being disclosed until the sale closes next summer.
Sher is well known for having turned around the struggling Crossroads Mall in Bellevue and Town Centerin Lake Forest Park, in part by creating commons space for use by local groups and for community events.
PCC said it was unable to meet growing demand in the existing building. The new store in Columbia City will be 25,000 square feet, with three times as much parking, PCC said.