Sports complex to anchor revamped Sears space at Polaris Fashion Place

Jim Weiker - The Columbus Dispatch (TNS)

FieldhouseUSA sports complex will take over some of the former Sears space at Polaris Fashion Place.

The complex will anchor a redevelopment of the Sears site, on the northwest side of the mall.

FieldhouseUSA operates three complexes outside Dallas, in Mansfield, Grapevine and Frisco, Texas. The facilities offer gym space for rent, sports camps, fitness centers and athletic competitions.

In addition to the new center at Polaris, Fieldhouse will open one in Town Center at Aurora in Colorado, according to Washington Prime Group, the Columbus company that owns both of the shopping centers.

FieldhouseUSA will be joined by other tenants in a “mixed-use” redevelopment of the former Sears space, which was vacated after Sears closed its Polaris and Mall at Tuttle Crossing stores in March.

“We are pleased to bring this incredible opportunity to both Polaris Fashion Place and Town Center at Aurora, as well as the neighboring communities,” Gary Oliver, chief executive officer of FieldhouseUSA, said in a news release.

“Residents will enjoy an exceptional multipurpose indoor sports adventure experience and all of the amenities and privileges of a state-of the-art facility.”

The Fieldhouse-Polaris announcement is the latest in a string of moves to fill Columbus-area retail centers with nontraditional uses including sports and entertainment tenants.

At the Mall at Tuttle Crossing, a former Macy’s store was repurposed into an entertainment complex called Scene75. At Chantry Square shopping center in the Blacklick area, empty Best Buy and Sports Authority stores have been filled with Trampoline Xtreme and the Otherworld art exhibit. And a former ApplianceSmart space on Sawmill Road is being turned into a Ninja Citi Adventure Park sports center.

Washington Prime said further details about other tenants in the redevelopment will be “announced in the future.”

Jim Weiker

The Columbus Dispatch (TNS)

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