Elder-Beerman had operated stores on both ends of the Mall at Fairfield Commons for several years but consolidated into its store on the north side of the mall. The consolidation left vacant the portion of the mall that once housed a Parisian department store.
The demolition began on the same day that shareholders of Glimcher Realty Trust — the Columbus-based parent company of the Mall at Fairfield Commons and the Dayton Mall — voted in favor of the acquisition of Glimcher by mall and shopping center owners Washington Prime Group Inc., to create a company called WP Glimcher.
Glimcher officials said they expect the transaction to close on Thursday. As part of the deal, Simon Property Group Inc. will acquire two Glimcher properties in Elizabeth, N.J., and Fort Worth, Texas.