For one hundred and ten years, King Street Station has stood in the heart of downtown Seattle where it has served as a central transportation hub and historic landmark.

Today, the recently renovated second floor of the train station stands vacant and ready to become a cultural epicenter celebrating the richness and diversity of our community. After nearly one year of development, MarketShare is pleased to announce the official launch of the Campaign for King Street, the grassroots movement to transform the second floor of King Street Station into a permanent international street food market that incubates micro restaurant startups run by low-income immigrant and refugee entrepreneurs.

King Street Station is owned by the City of Seattle and a process is underway at City Hall to determine how best to utilize the empty space so that it 1) preserves the historic nature of the building, 2) provides a permanent space for the promotion of arts and culture, and, 3) looking through the lens of race and social justice, creates new economic opportunities for people who need them.

MarketShare’s vision to build an international street food market meets all of these objectives and we have the plans to prove it. For months we have been working on the economic models, blueprints, and building a vast community coalition of like-minded nonprofits and immigrant community groups to make sure this market is built from the grassroots. It’s not, “If you build it, they will come.” It’s, “If we build it, we’re already here.”

Learn about our market concept and how it benefits low-income immigrant and refugee entrepreneurs, and also all of you hungry Seattle diners. Connect with our organization to find out how you can help to build the market. MarketShare is breaking bread and breaking boundaries. Join us and tell our leaders, “Let’s eat!”


MarketShare envisions a market with 8 to 10 food stalls. Each stall represents an opportunity for a low-income immigrant or refugee entrepreneur to start a small restaurant for less than $10,000, which is half of what MarketShare spent to launch our mobile food stand in our pilot phase. Studies have shown that roughly 384,000 people move through the area around King Street Station each day, making it the ideal location for such a spectacular multicultural dining and entertainment destination. King Street Market is about making a career in the food industry accessible to under-resourced immigrant entrepreneurs, and making their incredible culinary talents accessible to Seattle diners. 


King County is home to more than 400,000 immigrants and refugees, they come from more than 100 countries and speak more than 170 languages. That means there is a whole lot of delicious authentic international cuisine being expertly prepared and eaten and most of it is beyond our reach! If you want a world of flavor just a train stop away, let our community leaders know that you want King Street Station to become the home of Seattle’s permanent international street food market that incubates food stall startups run by low-income immigrant and refugee food entrepreneurs!

Sign the petition and say, “Let’s eat!”

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Thanks for your support. Every bit helps MarketShare get closer to creating jobs for low-income entrepreneurs looking to establish themselves in the Seattle culinary industry.

We are an accredited 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our Federal EIN number is 46-4946012. If you are interested in making a contribution, please use the PayPal button below.

Contributions may also be mailed to:
815 1st Ave PMB #58
Seattle, WA 98104

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We are also now on Amazon Smile as a registered nonprofit! You can donate a certain amount of your purchases on Amazon to MarketShare as an easy way to contribute. To find out more about how to set MarketShare as your non-profit choice, read more here.

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Episode 1: The Campaign for King Street Station

Episode 2: Immigrant Cooks: Burmese Food

Episode 3: Seattle's Community Experts Weigh In

Episode 4: King Street Station