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Discount Fashion Warehouse replacing shuttered Delaware OfficeMax

Glenwood Shopping Center

The shuttered OfficeMax in Delaware is being replaced with an Ohio-based discount retailer.

Discount Fashion Warehouse will open a new 14,100-square-foot location at 1000 Sunbury Road in the Glennwood Commons Shopping Center. Its soft opening is Jan. 15, the company confirmed.

The store specializes in men's and women's clothing, sportswear and intimate apparel, usually sold at sharp discounts.

“We are very excited to open our tenth store located in the Delaware area, a location we’ve been scouting for a long time," Mark Laufersweiler, a vice president at the retailer, said in a statement. “It’s such a dynamic area with substantial growth yet to come."

It'll be the sixth local store for Discount Fashion Warehouse, which also has stores in Dayton, Cleveland and Cincinnati. The pandemic has brought challenges for many retail brands, but large-floorplate retailers have managed social distancing guidelines more easily and discount names are also seeing steady business from budget-conscious shoppers, President Jeff Bradshaw said.

“Covid clearly impacted and continues to impact all retail stores in all categories," Bradshaw said in the statement. "With these trying times, Covid has forced us to get better and be sharper in every aspect of our business."

The shop will be open Monday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Lewis Center resident Mohan Reddy Gosula purchased the 100,000-square-foot Glennwood Commons shopping center for $4.8 million in a deal that closed Aug. 26. OfficeMax closed in November.

Gilli ZofanAndrew White and Jon Leffler of Colliers International manage leasing for the property. According to data from Colliers, 32,000 vehicles per day pass by this part of Sunbury Road and there's a population of 49,300 within 5 miles with an average household income of more than $94,000.


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Andrew has held various leasing positions over the past 15 years. He originally spent over 6 years as Real Estate Representative for Clear Channel outdoor in Chicago IL, curating the real estate opportunities for their out of home advertising assets, before taking a role as Manager of a local luxury residential brokerage. After 4 years in that position, and a time with Groupon as Area Sales Manager for the Getaways division, In 2013 Andrew and his family moved back to Columbus where he joined The Gilbert Group as Senior Associate. Andrew has spent his time focused on Landlord and Tenant representation, that included both regional and national operators alike. Andrew joined Colliers International in November 2020 as Vice President of Brokerage.

Andrew obtained his Bachelor of Arts at The Ohio State University. Most recently Andrew was a broker at the Gilbert Group before joining Colliers. His main focus was landlord representation of local and institutional owners, tenant representation of retailers and restaurants, site identification for tenant expansion and site identification for development/redevelopment opportunities.

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Gilli Zofan

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Gilli has held various leasing positions over the past 14 years. He held the position of Regional Lease Manager at Ramco Gershenson Property Trust, with his primary role of leasing multi-state territory consisting of over 2.8 million SF of retail property. His vast knowledge has excelled him in his ability to work on strategic planning of short and long term redevelopments. To date, Gilli has completed over 600 transactions totaling over $200M. 

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Jon Leffler

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Jon specializes in selling and leasing retail locations throughout Central Ohio, representing landlords and tenants around the country. In addition, Jon has experience with the sale and acquisition of land for development opportunities. He developed a broad range of knowledge as to the various aspects of retailing from store location to merchandising and marketing through 15 years of work with a retail consulting/marketing research firm. Since joining Colliers International in 2001, Jon has successfully leased more than 500,000 sf of retail space and been involved in commercial transactions valued at more than $40 million.

Jon's primary focus has been the leasing of retail centers and free-standing buildings, as well as tenant representation. Jon began his commercial real estate profession in 1994 with a Columbus based retail specialty brokerage where his responsibilities involved generating leasing activity on the firm's 11 neighborhood/community centers totaling 1.2 million square feet.

Prior to his real estate profession, Jon spent 15 years with an internationally known retail consulting/marketing research firm. He has a broad range of knowledge as to the various aspects of retailing from store location to merchandising and marketing. Jon has authored reports and articles on the off-price retailing industry, as well as assisted with the research efforts of the 5th and 6th edition of the widely used text and reference book, Retailing Management.

Jon is currently responsible for the leasing of several shopping centers and freestanding buildings, as well as the tenant representation of several local retailers and franchise operators. In addition, he is marketing the sale of several vacant commercial properties for redevelopment. Recently, he has been involved in the site selection and lease negotiations for a variety of food related establishments.

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