The Mall at Fairfield Commons stated there would be more information released about the new tenant next week, but declined to comment further.
The church is still working out zoning of the space with the city of Beavercreek. It is currently zoned for retail. Mosaic Church has applied for a conditional use permit, according to Beavercreek records.
As retail stores close, malls have been filling the vacancies with different types of businesses, like churches, escape rooms, office spaces and fitness centers. The already bleak outlook for retail was made worse by the coronavirus pandemic.
With virtually all of the nation’s malls closed from mid-March through May or June, mall-based retailers classified as non-essential have taken a huge hit. Retail forecasting company Retail Metrics reported that mall-based retailers experienced a 256% earnings decline through the first half of 2020. Retailers not in a mall that were deemed “essential” suffered a 0.6% earnings slide, according to Retail Metrics.
The Mall at Fairfield Commons opened Round1 on the bottom floor of a vacant Sears at the end of 2019, which offers bowling, karaoke and other activities. Both the Dayton Mall and the Mall at Fairfield Commons, which are owned by Washington Prime, also recently added a family game center called The Yard and are focusing attention on events and expos that draw shoppers.
In recent years the Mall at Fairfield Commons has lost retailers like Charlotte Russe, Crazy 8, Jeggings Park, Locker Room by Lids, Treasure Trove, Jos, Go Calendar and Trendzy.
Mosaic Church will open in the former Elder Beerman space at The Mall at Fairfield Commons. STAFF/BONNIE MEIBERS