I’m happier than a clam at high tide to tell you that the Port of Seattle heard your voices and will allow us to stay open in our current location well into next year. They’ll be extending us a one-year lease to operate carts or kiosks to keep Ivar’s at Sea-Tac during construction. This solution will allow us to keep our staff working at the Airport.
The other big news is that the Port has agreed to some important refinements to the bidding process that we feel will make the process much better. We plan to participate in the next round of bids which is scheduled to begin this summer so we can find a new long-term home at Sea-Tac Airport.
Ivar’s Supports Port’s Changes to Sea-Tac Airport Leasing Process
Ivar’s today welcomed changes approved by the Seattle Port Commission to the competitive leasing process for food and retail spaces at Sea-Tac Airport. “The Port Commissioners and staff recognized the Port needed to make its process better and they have done so,” President Bob Donegan said.
The Commission yesterday approved changes that will govern the next round of bids, planned to begin this summer. The changes include:
– Addition of points for customer preference and customer service
– Refining the way points are earned for creating a Northwest Sense of Place
– Refining the way points are awarded for capital investment
With the Port committing to changes in its process, Donegan said, Ivar’s is planning to bid in the next round for a new location at SeaTac Airport.
Donegan thanked the more than 11,000 Ivar’s customers and supporters who emailed or called the Port in the last few weeks. “We’re humbled by the massive outpouring of community support to keep Ivar’s at SeaTac, from Renton to Reykjavik and Kenmore to Kazakhstan. This support made us happier than clams at high tide.”
Ivar’s thanked the Commissioners for their efforts to improve the Port’s bidding process. In particular, Donegan said, “Commissioner Bowman worked relentlessly to improve the bidding process and respond to customers who want to keep Ivar’s at SeaTac.”
Ivar’s has also accepted the Port’s request to help serve airport travelers as much as possible during the major renovation of the Central Terminal set to begin in January. “We appreciate the Port considering creative solutions such as food carts,” Donegan said. “Ivar’s will stay open as long as they let us, and we’ll also look at what kind of cart or kiosk could keep customers in chowder during construction.”