Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores vacated its store at Crossroads Mall earlier this year to move to Towers Shopping Center.
The store’s old space won’t be empty for long.
Advance Auto, which has its headquarters at the old mall, has plans to expand into the space, according to Advance Auto spokeswoman Shelly Whitaker.
The company currently leases more than 246,000 square feet at Crossroads. It has spent at least $8.5 million renovating spaces inside the mall for office space.
Advance Auto’s latest plans include turning part of the mall’s interior – just outside Jo-Ann Fabrics, into a large area for conferences. The completed look will reflect a warehouse district, with street lamps, planters and a loading dock for a stage, Whitaker said.
The plans for the former Jo-Ann Fabrics space have yet to finalized, but it might include more office space or a conference and training space, Whitaker said.
Advance Auto is by far the largest company to have office space at Crossroads Mall. There are also several state offices inside the mall.
Repurposing the mall’s interior for office space is part of the mall’s long-term plan, according to Jake Copty, the leasing agent for Crossroads. He told me that malls as old as Crossroads, which turned 50 last month, are typically torn down. Crossroads has taken on a new life with office spaces, and office workers are fueling retail and restaurants in the Crossroads area, he said.