SeaTac Mall/Commons at Federal Way

Moderator: Groceteria

Post Reply
Super S
Senior Member
Posts: 410
Joined: 07 Jan 2006 00:40

SeaTac Mall/Commons at Federal Way

Post by Super S » 10 Dec 2010 14:46

I visited this mall yesterday for the first time in several years. A lot has changed, most notably the addition of a new Target store and new Century Theatres. I believe the Target was originally a Mervyn's, which appeared to have been demolished and rebuilt. However, I have no idea waht tenant originally occupied the Theater space, which also appears to have been demolished and rebuilt. Sears and Macys (former Bon Marche) are still in the original locations.

I actually like the simple, one-story layout of this mall.

marshd1000
Senior Member
Posts: 179
Joined: 07 Nov 2005 13:49
Location: Seattle, WA
Contact:

Re: SeaTac Mall/Commons at Federal Way

Post by marshd1000 » 10 Dec 2010 16:29

The theatre space was originally Lamonts then Gottschalks. Gottschalks left as it was pulling out of the Seattle metro area. In other words, before the whole company went bankrupt.

tkaye
Senior Member
Posts: 179
Joined: 25 Jan 2006 17:12

Re: SeaTac Mall/Commons at Federal Way

Post by tkaye » 11 Dec 2010 15:18

The Target space was originally occupied by Peoples. When Mercantile Stores folded Peoples in early 1984, their mall locations (Federal Way, Lacey, and Yakima) were acquired by Mervyn's.

Here's a flashback from YouTube: a 1981 SeaTac Mall commercial, with shots of the interior entrances to all the anchor stores and the faux-Indian motif. That jingle was the most memorable (and I'd say the longest-lived) of all the Seattle-area malls.

Super S
Senior Member
Posts: 410
Joined: 07 Jan 2006 00:40

Re: SeaTac Mall/Commons at Federal Way

Post by Super S » 12 Dec 2010 23:59

When did Lamonts become Gottschalks? I do not remember seeing a Lamonts sign with that style of L before.

Those overhead "faux-Indian" lights are now gone. But there are many places in the ceilings shaped like that still.

VibeGuy
Full Member
Posts: 40
Joined: 02 Feb 2007 03:30

Re: SeaTac Mall/Commons at Federal Way

Post by VibeGuy » 14 Dec 2010 08:51

Lamonts rebranded to Gottschalks rapidly after the buyout, which would put the conversions mid-2000.

The curlicue L was still in use at a few locations at that point; I'm not sure when they switched the the simplified cursive L, but I know none of the former F&N/Lipman's/Crescent locations (Valley River Mall in Eugene, Lloyd Center, Jantzen Beach and Corvallis) ever had it, so that would put the change sometime between that 1981 ad and 1988.

As for jingles, the one that WILL NOT DIE in my head is from when Northgate, Southcenter and Tacoma Mall were still under common ownership, ca. 1983...."Shoppin' around, go for a while! Shoppin' around, goin' in style! (lost to sands of time) .... good things happen shoppin' around! Shoppin' around! North-gate, South-center, Ta-co-ma Maaaaall, there's no better place for shoppin' around! Shoppin' AROUND!"

Make it stop. It's almost as bad as the holiday jingle from Payless Drug....

E

User avatar
Brian Lutz
Senior Member
Posts: 227
Joined: 08 Jul 2008 00:19
Location: Bellevue, WA
Contact:

Re: SeaTac Mall/Commons at Federal Way

Post by Brian Lutz » 24 Dec 2010 03:01

Super S wrote:When did Lamonts become Gottschalks? I do not remember seeing a Lamonts sign with that style of L before.

Those overhead "faux-Indian" lights are now gone. But there are many places in the ceilings shaped like that still.
I believe that at least some (possibly all) of the Lamonts stores were liquidated and closed before Gottschalks acquired the assets and reopened them. I recall the one at Crossroads in Bellevue being vacant for several months before Gottschalks moved in.

I recall that Sea-Tac Mall jingle (in a different, slightly downtempo version) being used in radio commercials in the late Nineties, just a couple of years before the remodel/name change took place.
The Sledgehammer - Version 2.0 - Seattle Area Malls, Retail History, and other random things.

tkaye
Senior Member
Posts: 179
Joined: 25 Jan 2006 17:12

Re: SeaTac Mall/Commons at Federal Way

Post by tkaye » 24 Dec 2010 15:10

VibeGuy wrote:The curlicue L was still in use at a few locations at that point; I'm not sure when they switched the the simplified cursive L, but I know none of the former F&N/Lipman's/Crescent locations (Valley River Mall in Eugene, Lloyd Center, Jantzen Beach and Corvallis) ever had it, so that would put the change sometime between that 1981 ad and 1988.
The trademark registration for the more recent Lamonts logo says that it was first used in July 1984.

If I remember right, the Lamonts at the Kitsap Mall in Silverdale (built 1985) had the new logo signage but had the ornate "L" engraved into the wooden door handles. I don't recall if Gottschalks had those handles removed or just left them.

User avatar
submariner
Senior Member
Posts: 257
Joined: 01 Jul 2007 02:13
Location: Orange County, CA

Re: SeaTac Mall/Commons at Federal Way

Post by submariner » 03 Jan 2011 23:21

tkaye wrote:
VibeGuy wrote:The curlicue L was still in use at a few locations at that point; I'm not sure when they switched the the simplified cursive L, but I know none of the former F&N/Lipman's/Crescent locations (Valley River Mall in Eugene, Lloyd Center, Jantzen Beach and Corvallis) ever had it, so that would put the change sometime between that 1981 ad and 1988.
The trademark registration for the more recent Lamonts logo says that it was first used in July 1984.

If I remember right, the Lamonts at the Kitsap Mall in Silverdale (built 1985) had the new logo signage but had the ornate "L" engraved into the wooden door handles. I don't recall if Gottschalks had those handles removed or just left them.
Gottschalks removed those handles. When I lived there 2004-2008 they were ordinary handles (until the Gottschalks closed and converted to a Barnes & Noble and Cost Plus).
==========
Aaron
"his foxtail-wielding skills are unparalleled, dust bunnies fear his name"

Post Reply