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Centerville optimistic despite blow to key mall – WHIO TV 7 and WHIO Radio

CENTREVILLE — The Cross Pointe Mall in Centerville will lose another of its flagship businesses next year, but the city is optimistic about its future.

Marshalls will move into the former Fresh Thyme Market building at Sugarcreek Twp. and will be the last company to leave the mall, following Bed Bath & Beyond, Earth Fare and AC Moore.

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“We feel that Cross Pointe is a vibrant shopping center for us in the city of Centerville. We’ve seen a lot of development there with new residential apartment complexes and new businesses and so on. It’s obviously a very important part of our economic development here in the city,” said Mike Norton-Smith, Director of Development for the City of Centerville.

Centerville continues to work to try to bring new businesses to town.

Years ago there was a Showcase Cinemas in Cross Pointe, but now a luxury apartment complex sits where the theater used to be.

“Retail has really changed over the past two years. Partly by the pandemic. E-commerce in particular. All of these companies are making decisions about what’s best for their model,” Norton-Smith said.

The people News Center 7 spoke to understand that things change and stores come and go, but the latest is a surprise.

“I’m sad because I know for some people it’s very close to home and they need a place to shop close to home,” Centerville resident Judy Vanderwal said.

Soon, two of the three stores shown on the sign entering Cross Pointe will be empty. The city hopes to have new tenants soon.

“We’ve been blessed with a lot of interest from new businesses over the past two years,” Norton-Smith said. “There are only good things in the future for him.”

The city hasn’t said if there are still prospects for the soon-to-be-vacant Marshalls.