Mount Vernon Plaza

Mount Vernon Plaza, located at 907-935 Coshocton Avenue, currently houses Buffalo Wild Wings, Marshalls, Maurices, Shoe Carnival, Long John Silver’s and Kay Jewelers.

MOUNT VERNON – One of Mount Vernon’s busiest shopping centers will soon reach 100-percent occupancy.

Mount Vernon Plaza, located at 907-935 Coshocton Ave., recently announced two new tenants. Five Below, a national retail chain, and Cross Creek Dental Care will be coming to the shopping center soon, according to its website. The businesses will join Buffalo Wild Wings, Marshalls, Maurices, Shoe Carnival, Long John Silver’s and Kay Jewelers.

It’s unclear when the businesses plan to open; attempts to contact U.S. Properties Group, which owns the shopping center, were unsuccessful. On the shopping center’s website, both Five Below and Cross Creek Dental Care are advertised as “coming soon.”

U.S. Properties Group Senior Leasing Associate Tim Todaro said in January that two new tenants – one retail, one medical – would soon occupy vacant spaces in Mount Vernon Plaza. He predicted their leases would be finalized by March, and that both businesses would open this fall.

“They’ll bring product and retail services that will be direly needed in the marketplace and will be hopefully very well-patronized by the community and received,” Todaro said of the new tenants. “I think everybody will be very happy with the tenants and I think it should be very positive for the community and the shopping center.”

Five Below will fill the former rue21 space at 909 Coshocton Ave. – a 6,342-square-foot storefront located between Buffalo Wild Wings and Marshalls. Todaro, who recently acquired the Mount Vernon Plaza portfolio after the retirement of Donn Davids on Jan. 15, said he was unsure how long the space has been vacant. National retail chain rue21 moved in November 2016, but has since left.

Five Below sells a wide variety of products – including household items, fitness equipment, toys and games, home decor and technology – at discount prices. The store’s name comes from the idea that most of its products cost $5 or less (a small assortment of products range from $6-$10).

There are 934 Five Below stores across the U.S., including 43 in Ohio. The closest stores to Knox County are in Mansfield (at Ontario Towne Center) and Columbus (at Polaris Towne Center).

Cross Creek Dental Care will occupy the two vacant spaces behind Kay Jewelers. The two 1,200-square-foot properties will be combined, Todaro said, so the business can use both. Todaro was unsure if those spaces had ever been occupied.

“The visibility of those two spaces was challenging. Kay has all the visibility, those don’t, unless you’re into the shopping center,” Todaro explained in January. “It’s a typical use that you’d find in all first-class shopping centers across the country, so we’re very happy and very pleased to put a medical use there that will service the community.”

Cross Creek Dental Care already has a Mount Vernon location – at 809 Coshocton Ave., Suite E, in the professional office center next to Kroger. It’s unclear whether the company will be expanding to Mount Vernon Plaza, located less than half a mile away, or whether it will simply be moving offices. Attempts to contact Cross Creek Dental Care this week were unsuccessful.

Cross Creek Dental Care currently has two offices – one in Mount Vernon and one in Marion. The business offers a full range of dental services, including everything from checkups to emergency dentistry.

With the addition of Five Below and Cross Creek Dental Care, Mount Vernon Plaza will be fully occupied. Hilliard-based U.S. Properties Group has owned the shopping center since 2002, when it was purchased for $1.7 million, according to records from the Knox County auditor’s office. The shopping center was built in 1962 and was remodeled in 2016.

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Grant is a 2018 graduate of Ohio Northern University, where he studied journalism and played basketball. He likes coffee, books and minor league baseball. He loves telling stories and has a passion for local news.