COhatch and Washington Prime Group partner to bring co-working/maker spaces to Polaris Fashion Place



The lifestyle, co-working social enterprise announces fifth location “The Pub”; Helps to transform Polaris Fashion Place into experiential marketplace

WORTHINGTON and COLUMBUS, OHIO, July 2 – COhatch, a social enterprise offering a new kind of shared work, social, and family space built on community, is joining forces with

Washington Prime Group, a retail real estate investment trust (REIT) and parent company of

Polaris Fashion Place, to bring shared work, maker, event, and lifestyle spaces to Central Ohio’s premier retail destination. This will be the fifth location for COhatch.


COhatch will co-create and co-develop space at Polaris Fashion Place, starting with the takeover and restoration of “The Pub”, located at the Polaris Lifestyle Center near Barnes & Noble and The Cheesecake Factory. By day, COhatch “The Pub” will serve as a co-working space and by night a craft beer bar and entertainment venue that includes an area dedicated to local microbrewers. COhatch “The Pub” will be open seven days a week for its members and available to the public to host private events.


As part of its agreement with Washington Prime Group, COhatch will subsequently expand and integrate its concept further within Polaris Fashion Place. With a variety of shared-space

services, including co-working and The Madery Makers and Market – like the location COhatch operates in Worthington – COhatch is expected to grow its presence over time at Polaris Fashion Place.


The Madery Makers and Market at Polaris Fashion Place will offer social enterprises

(organizations with a mission for good) a bricks-and-mortar presence in an experiential retail setting. Consumers will be able to see goods produced and buy artisan gifts such as candles and luxury handbags, while supporting people in need.


According to COhatch founder Matt Davis, “Polaris Fashion Place offers us an A+ lifestyle center to help our members grow their businesses, maximize their creativity in meetings and help them live their best life, while giving back to the community. Our vision is to provide the spaces, locations, tools, and activities to create an ideal lifestyle for our members enabling us to build our amenities for members in the perfect fifth location.”


“Our goal is to create experiences beyond shopping,” said Bruce Goldsberry, general manager of Polaris Fashion Place. “COhatch is adding an exciting new dimension to Polaris Fashion Place and helping us create and define the future of retail. Its members will be able to effortlessly work, meet and spend time together in the heart of Polaris Fashion Place while enjoying the center’s energy, foot traffic and many conveniences. Our work at Polaris Fashion Place is part of our long-term focus to reinvent the retail experience for our guests. As part of this reinvention, we continue to add community gathering spaces, including COhatch ‘The Pub’, as well as ‘The Yard’, featuring family-friendly outdoor games and activities, and our free summer concert series, ‘Live@Polaris’, featuring live music from talented local bands and music artists.”


COhatch “The Pub”, located at 1554 Polaris Parkway, will offer approximately 7,000 square feet of private offices, dedicated desks, game areas, co-working spaces, meeting rooms, large conference rooms, indoor and outdoor event spaces, and a full liquor license and bar. It will also include a standard set of business amenities such as Wi-Fi, desk and fax/mail services.


Members can access all COhatch resources and space at any of its locations.

COhatch currently has two locations in Worthington, Ohio, and two others under construction. The Delaware location “The Newsstand” will open this fall and the Upper Arlington location “The Overlook” will open this winter. COhatch plans to open more than a dozen total locations in Central Ohio within the next five years.


About COhatch


COhatch, a new kind of shared work, social, and family space built on community, offers

members the services, activities, and amenities to live a fully integrated life that balances work, family, well-being, community and giving back. Founded in 2016, COhatch was created through the collaboration of a group of friends who wanted to live out their ideal lives and improve their community. COhatch has two locations in Worthington, Ohio and two under development in Delaware and Upper Arlington, Ohio with additional sites planned in the Midwest. Visit www.cohatch.com for more information.


About Polaris Fashion Place


Polaris Fashion Place is Central Ohio’s premier shopping destination offering market-exclusive brands and locally-owned specialty shops to more than two million locals and tourists alike. Polaris Fashion Place also hosts more than 75 events a year including: Live@Polaris, KidX Club, Mommy Mile, Made Local Marketplace, the Easter Bunny and Santa Photo Set. The town center is home to more than 190 national and local retail, dining and entertainment options. At Polaris Fashion Place, guests can find Tangible Collective, which features the best up-and-coming online brands, hand-picked and ready to be discovered and shared. A dynamic offering of things to do along with things to buy keeps guests engaged and returning often. Polaris Fashion Place is open seven days a week; Monday to Thursday 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., Friday to Saturday 10 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. and Sunday noon – 6 p.m. For more information, please call (614) 846-1500 or visit www.polarisfashionplace.com. Like us on Facebook at facebook.com/polarisfashionplace and follow us on Twitter @PolarisFashion and Instagram @PolarisFashionPlace.


About Washington Prime Group


Washington Prime Group Inc. is a retail REIT and a recognized leader in the ownership,

management, acquisition and development of retail properties. The Company combines a

national real estate portfolio with an investment grade balance sheet, leveraging its expertise across the entire shopping center sector to increase cash flow through rigorous management of assets and provide new opportunities to retailers looking for growth throughout the U.S. Washington Prime Group® is a registered trademark of the Company. Learn more at www.washingtonprime.com.

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