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Church buys former Sears building at Dayton Mall

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The project will bring new life into the parcel and likely create new jobs and work for local contractors and suppliers.

The former Sears building at the Dayton Mall has been purchased by a growing church. The project will bring new life into the parcel and likely create new jobs and work for local contractors and suppliers.

Crossroads Church, based in Cincinnati, is an interdenominational church with multiple regional locations. 

“After setting up and tearing down church in a rented facility for nearly five years, we are thrilled to have a permanent home in Dayton for our friends who have given up on church but not on God,” said Matt Castleman, community pastor for Crossroads Church Dayton.

The church closed on the sale July 29. The purchase price of the 167,000-square-foot-building has not been disclosed.

Collier agents Todd Cochran, Justin Rex and Norm Khoury represented the seller, said Catherine Williams, director of marketing for Colliers Cincinnati and Dayton.

Erin Caproni, public relations director for the church, said there’s little information about how much work will be required to get the building ready. The important thing is “we’ve got the keys; we’ve got the space.”

Crossroads Church has 10 locations, including what is currently considered the Dayton location in Bellbrook. The church currently rents Bellbrook Middle School on Sundays. Caproni said about 600 people attend at that location. That church community will occupy the former Sears building once it’s renovated.

Sears closed its doors for good in November of 2018. It was among the retailer’s 46 stores that were deemed unprofitable.