A wide variety of companies are drawn to Seattle Southside for its unique combination of assets, resources and opportunities.
Kevin and Sean’s A Place for Pets, owned by Kevin Foxen and Sean Spingelt, is located in the heart of Burien’s downtown and opened in 2005. The regional Small Business Development Center (SBDC) worked closely with the company on the development of its business plan, financial forecasts, bank application packages, referrals to local bankers, proposals for prospective partner-investors, and marketing implementation.
Kevin and Sean are very happy with their decision to open their store in Burien. In fact, Burien was chosen because of the key demographics of the area, including average household income, number of homes and homes with children in the area, a supportive business environment, as well as access to important highways. Their store is an attractive addition to the retail core of Burien and is strategically located across the street from the future Burien Town Square project.
Many businesses have relocated to Seattle Southside from other parts of the Puget Sound region, unable to ignore the many benefits of the Seattle Southside location. One such business is Seattle Chocolates, a company that produces a variety of fine chocolate products including truffles and dessert shells. Formerly located in Seattle, Seattle Chocolates moved its headquarters and manufacturing facilities to Tukwila in order to accommodate its rapid growth.
According to Jean Thompson, CEO and owner, Tukwila’s close proximity to major highways and other transportation corridors is a great benefit. So too is the ability of the company to draw on the area’s local labor pool as well as take advantage of the many businesses and retail shops nearby to supply her business needs.
“We chose Tukwila because the building was ideal for our needs. We had grown so rapidly over the prior few years that we had outgrown our 20,000 square foot facility and were desperate to move into much larger quarters. This building was available and vacant, well built, and had all the features we were looking for. Tukwila has provided us with a nice blend of all the things we needed to set up our business.”
Northwest Kidney Centers, a not-for-profit, out-patient dialysis organization, is another organization choosing Seattle Southside. The organization is moving a medley of its services to SeaTac, including clinical operations, the Dialysis Academy, as well as its medical records, accounting, and regulatory affairs departments.
According to Palmer Pollock, Vice President for Planning, “the motivation for our relocation is the need for a much larger facility, with improved parking and access, in a more central location, with good rates on our office lease.” Moreover, being close to the airport is a particular asset since the organization’s new facility will be generator-supported for use as a destination in any type of local or regional emergency that might put other dialysis facilities temporarily out of business. For Northwest Kidney Centers, access to the future Link light rail, convenient Metro bus services, as well as the many hotels and motels in the area were all attractive drawing cards.