It took some time for the former Ocean Buffet to meet the wrecking ball, but its replacement is rising quickly in its place at 944 Lexington-Springmill Road.

Work is underway on a strip mall that will house five or six retail outlets. At this time, the only known occupant will be a Panda Express, although Five Guys Burgers and Fries has expressed interest in the center. Other stores expressing interest at one time include Sleep Number and Sport Clips.

There is clearly a desire to move along quickly with the project, as work was underway on Sunday afternoon when the above photo was taken.

Here are links to recent coverage of the project from other local media:

Ontario’s future home of Panda Express, 5 other stores sold for $1.3 million – Richland Source

Ocean Buffet coming down for strip mall on Lexington-Springmill Road – Mansfield News Journal

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