EDITOR’S NOTE: South King Media Founder/Publisher Scott Schaefer serves on the Board of Directors for the Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce.
The Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce hosted a socially-distanced Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting for the new SeaTac International Mall on Tuesday, May 4, 2021, at their location at 20804 International Boulevard (map below).
The event was attended by community leaders and organizers such as Executive Director of Somali Community Services of Seattle Sahra Farah and Sheikh Eid Mohamed Ibrahim as well as King County Council candidate Shukri Olow and candidate for the Port of Seattle Commission and policy Advisor for King County Executive Dow Constantine Hamdi Mohamed; elected officials such as King County Councilmembers Dave Upthegrove and Girmay Zahilay; SeaTac City Councilmembers Clyde Hill and Peter Kwon; as well as City of SeaTac Economic Development Staffers Aleksandr Yeremeyev and Tanja Carter.
“The SeaTac International Mall is a project that is truly supported by the community and is a phenomenal new addition to our community,” said Andrea H. Reay, President/CEO of Seattle Southside Chamber. “The vision of the project is to help bring more economic equity to the region by providing affordable commercial space to small business owners. We are pleased to support their work for the long run as well as to welcome and celebrate with them.”
The Mall is a center for a diverse community of small businesses located in downtown SeaTac. Owners Faisal Mohamed and Abdirashid Hersi are proud to create opportunities for their community to thrive.
“We are excited about the impact SeaTac International Mall will have on the community at large,” said Faisal. “Small business owners have an opportunity to pursue upward economic mobility and make their dreams of owning a business come true. We want to thank everyone that has supported us through this journey including the City of SeaTac, King County, Craft3, Southside Chamber of Commerce, NDC, all the contractors involved in building this beautiful space, all our tenants for their patience and the community at large.”
A recording of this event is below:
If you find yourself in SeaTac, stop by the International Mall for some amazing and unique gifts, food, and sampling of East African culture.
About the Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce
The Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit business organization that has served the communities of Burien, Des Moines, Normandy Park, SeaTac, and Tukwila since 1988. The Chamber focuses on business advancement in the region by helping to build and maintain a strong economic environment. More info at https://www.seattlesouthsidechamber.com.
Major congratulations to the small business owners in SeaTac who established the new SeaTac International Mall! Economic development, small business support, and community ownership of commercial facilities don’t get the attention they deserve as anti-displacement solutions. pic.twitter.com/YcDN27iMpk
— Girmay (@GirmayZahilay) May 5, 2021