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Ross Dress for Less to add its third store in the Dayton metro

Al Urbanski
Town & Country has been co-managed by Casto and Skilken Gold for nearly 70 years.

A more than half-century-old mall in the Dayton metro continues to grow and re-invest itself with valuable new tenants.

The latest is Ross Dress for Less, which has signed a lease for a portion of what was a Stein Mart store in the Town & Country Shopping Center in Kettering, Ohio. It will be its third location in the metro and its 23rd in the state.

Current tenants Bath & Body Works and Panera Bread will be expanding their footprints in the mall, which is co-managed by Columbus-based developers Casto and Skilken Gold. Panera won a coveted drive-through entitlement from Kettering for its existing store at Town & Country.

“We couldn’t be more excited to serve the Kettering community through this new channel,” said Sam Covelli, the CEO of Covelli, parent company of the Panera franchise. “At Panera we are always focused on delivering the best possible experience to our guests. This means allowing our guests to get their Panera favorites in a way that is most convenient to them.”

Bath & Body Works is in the process of relocating to a new location in the middle of the center that will give it an additional 1,400 square feet.

In 2016, Casto and Skilken Gold redeveloped Town & Country with a new façade, added tenants T.J. Maxx, Petco and Chick-fil-A, and expanded the space held by Trader Joe’s and Joseph A. Bank. The 218,000-sq.-ft. center has visibility and access from Interstates 75 and 675.

Kettering has long served as one of the most trafficked shopping destinations in the Dayton metro, serving the surrounding towns of Centerville, Oakwood, and Moraine. Its Charles F. Kettering Memorial Hospital, known for its research facilities, is a magnet medical facility in Dayton.

“We are thrilled to share these exciting updates for Town & Country,” said Kelly Casto, senior asset manager and broker for Casto. “This project has been a joint effort from Casto and Skilken Gold for almost 70 years and continues to be a strong asset in our portfolios. We will be making more big changes to the property soon.”

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