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Start getting used to The Commons at Federal Way

By PAT JENKINS

Editor

Starting early next year, there will be no more SeaTac Mall. Its new name will be The Commons at Federal Way.

Mall officials announced the renaming at an event Thursday marking the first phase of the indoor shopping center’s renovation.

The new identity should help correct misconceptions about the geographical location of the mall, officials said, plus it reflects a new image they hope will be associated with the renovations.The latter include redesigned main entrances, Italian tile on the mall walkways and new interior lighting.

Mall tenants are changing, too. Century Theatres last week announced plans to build a 16-screen movie theater next year in the former location of the Gottschalks store, which closed last summer. Other new tenants are expected but haven’t been announced yet.

Mall officials said The Commons at Federal Way was chosen as the new name after proposals and voting by a focus group. The group included mall management, design consultants, representatives of the city of Federal Way and business owners.

An exact timeline for when the new name will formally take effect hasn’t been set, but it’s scheduled for the first quarter of 2004.

Steadfast Properties, a California-based commercial developer, bought the mall this year from Newman Propeties, the owner since 1975.

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