Sears sign at Richland Mall

Avita announced the purchase of the Sears property at Richland Mall on Friday.

ONTARIO – Avita Health System has purchased the former Sears property at the Richland Mall in Ontario, the organization announced in a Friday afternoon press release.

The property consists of a vacant two-story building and a freestanding automotive center situated on approximately 17 acres of land. No price tag was disclosed by Avita.

“The increased growth from the community using Avita’s health care services has created a need for expansion,” explains Jerome Morasko, CEO/President of Avita Health System. “The purchase of the former Sears store will allow for convenient patient access and meet foreseeable future space needs. This purchase demonstrates our commitment to maintain and grow health services in the region.”

Sears parking lot

Avita announced the purchase of the Sears building at the Richland Mall on Friday.

Avita Health System purchased the former Lazarus building in 2013 and began a three-phase project to convert the property into a full service hospital system that opened in February 2017.

“We are currently in the process of renovating the second floor at Avita Ontario Hospital to add additional inpatient beds and operating rooms to meet the medical needs of the community,” explains Kim Winkle, Vice President of Corporate Relations and Operational Support at Avita. “The 102,149 square-foot addition of the old Sears building will allow us to continue our expansion of services, clinic space and administrative needs.

"We are also excited to be able to bring additional jobs to the area and continue providing safe, quality care to the community.”

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