The Commons at Federal Way

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The Commons at Federal Way
The Commons At Federal Way.jpg
Location Federal Way, Washington, US
Coordinates 47°18′48″N 122°18′31″W / 47.313397°N 122.308576°W / 47.313397; -122.308576Coordinates: 47°18′48″N 122°18′31″W / 47.313397°N 122.308576°W / 47.313397; -122.308576
Address 1928 S Commons, Federal Way, WA 98003
Opening date August 14, 1975
Management Charles Sullivan
Owner Merlone Geier Partners
No. of stores and services 100+
No. of anchor tenants 6
Total retail floor area 781,791 sq ft (72,630.8 m2)
No. of floors 1 (2 in Macy's and Sears)
Parking 3,664

The Commons at Federal Way (formerly SeaTac Mall) is a regional[1] shopping mall located in Federal Way, Washington, and is the only indoor shopping center in the city.[2] The previous owners, Steadfast Commercial Properties, changed the name to The Commons at Federal Way. Improvements to the shopping center in 2008 were expected to improve sales upon an expected $25 to $30 per square foot ($250-300/m²) by year’s end.[3] Steadfast Companies later sold the mall to San Francisco-based Merlone Geier Partners for $46.5 million in March 2017.[4]

The original developer was Harry Newman of Newman Properties. SeaTac Mall opened in 1975 on a forested, swampy pasture that was the homestead of Mabel Webb Alexander, who arrived in Washington in 1879 and died at age 96. For many years the original SeaTac Mall used a thunderbird in the logo and had a mascot, Thudius T. Thunderbird.

The original Cinnabon opened at SeaTac Mall in December 1985.[5][6]

Today, The Commons at Federal Way has over 90 stores, and features Macy's, Sears, Target, Kohl's, as well as a food court, a Century Theaters complex, and Dick's Sporting Goods which opened in October 2014.[7]

On January 4, 2018, it was announced that Sears would be closing in April 2018 as part of a plan to close 103 stores nationwide.[8]


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  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-07. Retrieved 2007-10-21. 
  3. ^ Shearin, Randall (September 2007). "Timing Is Everything". Shopping Center Business. Archived from the original on 2008-12-04. Retrieved 2017-07-20. 
  4. ^ "Merlone Geier Buys The Commons at Federal Way Mall for $46.5MM". The Registry. 2017-03-22. 
  5. ^ "Cinnabon® History". Cinnabon. 
  6. ^ "Cinnabon closes store at Westfield Vancouver mall". The Columbian. 16 January 2010. Retrieved 31 May 2010. 
  7. ^ "DICK'S Sporting Goods Announces Grand Opening Celebration in Federal Way, WA". PR Newswire. 2014-09-22. Archived from the original on 2017-07-21. Retrieved 2017-07-20. 
  8. ^ "Sears' latest round of closures is bad news for Federal Way store, other sites in state". Retrieved January 22, 2018. 

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