Seattle-Tacoma International (SEA) Airport in Washington has begun seeking bids to operate 13 new dining and retail spaces as part of its C Concourse Expansion project, which is expected to be completed in 2026.
The request for proposal (RFP) process, authorized by the Port of Seattle Commission, will begin in April 2024. SEA will host multiple classes for interested bidders, including first-time bidders. The RFP includes: seven food and beverage locations within the C Concourse Expansion; one pre-security food and beverage location adjacent to the C Concourse Expansion; three retail locations within the C Concourse Expansion; and two retail locations surrounding the C Concourse Expansion.
The C Concourse Expansion project, which is part of the airport’s Upgrade SEA capital projects program, will transform the area where C and D Concourses meet by adding four floors to the building’s current three floors. In addition to the new dining and retail spaces, the project will add new premium lounge space, an interfaith prayer and meditation room, a nursing room and an outdoor viewing area. The atrium area, called the Tree at C, will feature grand seating and a performance area for live music.
According to SEA, its dining and retail team is committed to diversity in contracting goals, including Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) businesses as part of this RFP. Interested bidders will be eligible to attend multiple classes on demystifying the RFP process at SEA. The dining and retail team will host classes, including morning and evening classes, the month prior to the RFP release.
“These new dining and retail locations within the C Concourse Expansion are a key component to building a port of the future,” said Sam Cho, commission president at Port of Seattle. “They will advance the Port of Seattle’s goal of creating new business opportunities and jobs at SEA. We encourage local and small businesses to apply, as we know travelers love the Pacific Northwest favorites that define the dining and retail experience at the airport.”
“The new dining and retail opportunities in the C Concourse Expansion will help transform SEA into a five-star airport,” added Lance Lyttle, managing director at SEA. “As part of the RFP process, we encourage first-time, local, small and minority-owned businesses to bid on these opportunities. This expansion is going to be a gem of the airport, and I know we will have fantastic dining and retail options to give guests more of what they need and love about SEA.”