Port of Seattle announces winning bids featuring featuring local food, designers and manufacturers
The Port of Seattle is announcing new dining and retail concepts that were selected in a competitive bidding process for locations at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The new concessions will reflect global tastes while featuring several popular favorites including: bahn mi, burgers, a cocktail bar, ice cream, fresh juice, sushi and salads. The locations will be open to serve the traveling public in the coming years.
The Port is in the middle of a long-term dining and retail redevelopment program in which leases for the majority of the units are expiring over several years. Some of these units have already been re-leased. More opportunities for interested firms will still be available in the future, including approximately 20 units in the next lease group to be proposed for competitive bid starting this summer.
Currently, passengers have 86 dining and retail choices at the airport. That number is expected to grow to more than 135 dining and retail choices upon completion of the redevelopment effort.
“There was more competition and there were more local concepts submitted for these leases than we’ve ever received before,” said Port of Seattle Commission President Tom Albro. “We’re particularly pleased that so many local minority and small businesses see the benefit of opportunities at Sea-Tac Airport, will create new jobs, and help us share a Pacific Northwest sense of place with our passengers. Remember to check in early and bring your appetite.”
Winning bidders were selected through a rigorous, thorough, fair evaluation process with seven rating criteria including background/experience, concept, unit design, financial/rent proposal, management/staffing and operations, job quality/workforce development, and small business participation. The process included observation from external stakeholders and benefitted from lessons learned from previous leasing efforts.
The list of winning bids includes exciting current local businesses as well as new local concepts developed specifically for the airport. The list below highlights specific stores, their concepts and the operating organization.
- Marche Food Hall – to be located in the large area at the elbow of Concourse A between gates A6 and A5, featuring popular and local concepts, operated by SSP America.
- Jujubeet – ‘Artisan juices for the heart and mind’ with locations in Bellevue and Seattle
- Macrina Bakery – ‘Hand formed, freshly baked’ bakery goods with locations in Kent and Seattle
- Salt & Straw – An iconic fresh-made ice creamery based in Portland, opening its first Seattle location in 2017
- True Burger Co. – Using locally and regionally sourced ingredients
- Slate Coffee Roasters – A three-year old specialty coffee roasting and retail company with four locations in Seattle (with a second location in the South Satellite Food Court)
- Tap & Pour – Serving cool amber ales and drafts
In addition to the traveling public, Sea-Tac Airport’s dining and retail program benefits businesses, individual workers and local cities. The annual revenue from Sea-Tac concessionaires is about $275 million. Full-time employment in airport dining and retail is up 21 percent since the beginning of redevelopment in 2014. In addition to parking and other taxes, the City of SeaTac collects retail gross sales tax from Sea-Tac’s dining and retail program, benefitting local residents.
The Port of Seattle has set ambitious goals for engagement with small, local and minority businesses, significantly increasing outreach, networking and training programs for potential applicants and providing feedback to businesses that were unsuccessful in their prior bids.
In the past few years, community input has helped the Sea-Tac airport create more lease opportunities for small business participation. The Port now offers shorter leases on introductory kiosks to small businesses that are not ready for the capital investment of building out their own space, as well as intermediate kiosks for small businesses that want a customized space without the investment of an entire store. These successful programs create more access points to the airport.
Sea-Tac’s award-winning Airport Dining & Retail program focuses on providing the traveling public with shops, restaurants and services that exceed their expectations for customer service, quality, variety and affordability, and which reflect a Pacific Northwest sense of place. The program includes popular national brands as well as local favorites to meet a variety of needs and tastes.