Say “mall,” and of course, everyone thinks shopping. But in Seattle, where rain is a constant, say “Westfield Southcenter Mall” and parents think, “great, somewhere I can take the kids for some fun indoors.” This shopping center located in the Tukwila suburb offers its “WFamily Program” with a calendar full of promotions and events every day scheduling something different for kids to do. Also, when its time to really let loose, head to the WKids Play Space where kids can climb and explore the bright, colorful play area with animal characters and large puzzles. And when the troops get hungry, head for lunch or dinner at The Rainforest Café which is as much tropical rainforest as it is restaurant, with its waterfalls, hanging vines, and trumpeting elephant herd.
One of the largest shopping malls in Seattle, the Westfield Southcenter Shopping Mall is a one-stop shop for anything and everything. Find gifts for your toddler or that perfect first-date dress at one of the 240 stores inside.
Westfield Southcenter, formerly called Southcenter Mall, was the second in a series of centers developed by Allied Stores. It was modeled after Seattle’s successful Northgate Mall. The conceived location of the mall was planned for south of Seattle on 160 acres placed at the intersection of two major freeways, I-5 and 405. Construction on the $30 million shopping center began in 1967 based on plans by John Graham Jr., a Seattle architect and designer of Northgate Mall and the Space Needle.
The official grand opening was on July 31, 1968. The building encompasses 1,400,000 square feet with 92 stores that employ some 3,600 people, making it the largest shopping mall in the region. The Westfield Group purchased the mall in 2002, changing its name to Westfield Shoppingtown Southcenter. The “Shoppingtown” was dropped from the name in 2005 and The Westfield Group acquired the lease for full property ownership in 2006. A $240 million expansion began in 2006 to add 400,000 square feet and two parking garages to the shopping center. Construction was completed in 2008 and over 75 specialty stores, a new atrium and dining terrace with a view of Mount Rainier to replace the old food court, five new restaurants, and an AMC theater were opened in the new space.
Westfield Southcenter has four anchor department stores: Macy’s, Nordstrom, Sears and JCPenney. Retail stores range from children’s shops such as Gymboree and The Children’s Place, to fashion-conscious chains including H&M, XXI Forever, Talbots, New York and Company, Coach and Brookstone. There are quite a few unique restaurants such as Rainforest Café, Blue C Sushi, and Bahama Breeze. In the dining terrace, neat eateries such as the Pretzel Maker, the Chocolate Box, and POP! Concorn Bar serve up treats and snacks.
As well as retail stores, the Westfield Southcenter campus offers an AMC Southcenter 16 movie theater, KCLS Library Connection @ Southcenter, U.S. Post Office, and the Westfield Sky Terrace presented by American Express, which has a large meeting and event space with a private balcony providing fantastic views of Mount Rainier.
- Monday through Saturday: 10am to 9pm
- Sunday: 11am to 7pm
- Metro Stop:
- Bus Lines: 128, 140, 150, 155, 156, 280
- Location: 2800 Southcenter Mall, Seattle, WA
- Phone: 206-246-7400
- Website: westfield.com/southcenter