Cubework has purchased the former Sears propertry at Orland Square Mall. (Photo by Bob Bong)

Cubework has purchased the former Sears propertry at Orland Square Mall. (Photo by Bob Bong)

Cubework to turn Orland Park Sears site into Coworking Mall

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By Bob Bong

That vast empty space at Orland Square Mall that was once the home of retail giant Sears may be getting new life.

California-based Cubework has purchased the former Sears property at Orland Square Mall and is marketing the former mall anchor store as a Coworking Mall.

The 16-acre purchase includes about 100,000 square feet in the former Sears store as well as the massive parking lot adjacent to the storefront.

The majority of the mall is owned by Simon, but the former Sears site was separate and the property was being marketed by CBRE’s National Retail Partners without an asking price. No sales price was announced.

Calls to Cubework were not returned, but according to its website, the company specializes in renting kiosks and other spaces to pop-up shops and a host of small businesses. Cubework offers short-term and month-to-month leases, free utilities, free Wi-Fi and other amenities without requiring huge capital investments.

“Our Cubework Shops is an open air enclosed creative space specifically designed to get your business out of your garage, self-storage facility, or home office. We focus on helping our customers rent the space they need without having to pay for unnecessary unused space,” the company says on its website.

Its website says spaces from 300 square feet to 50,000 square feet are available for lease.

Orland Park Mayor Keith Pekau said he was “kind of surprised by the sale.”

He added he has no idea what will become of the property.

“I have no idea what they have planned,” he said. “They have not come to us with any plan.”

Pekau said the interior of the store, which has been empty since 2018, has been gutted.

There was a plan in place years ago to convert the space into a movie theater, but Pekau said that plan fell through because of COVID-related issues.

Cubework also purchased the former Carsons store at Southlake Mall in northwest Indiana and is advertising it along with the Sears site as a Coworking Mall.

Cubework is based in City of Industry in California. It has more than 40 locations and 5 million square feet of modern industrial co-working space in 25 cities.

17 Comments

  1. Jon on February 2, 2023 at 8:02 am

    So they want to add a flea market to Orland Mall? Wasn’t the crime already getting bad enough there?



    • Kathleen Harty on February 4, 2023 at 1:04 pm

      I was thinking the same thing. Lol



  2. Mario cornejo on February 3, 2023 at 12:59 pm

    My name is Mario cornejo I would like to put a Mexican taco place at the mall my number is 815-545-4542



    • Bob Bong on February 3, 2023 at 8:38 pm


    • Jackie Hosch on February 7, 2023 at 11:33 am

      Hi Mario. I’m the local sales representative for the Southlake Mall/Merrillville IN space we are currently developing. You can reach me for more information at 626-893-1895 or jackie.hosch@cubework.com.



  3. Chris on February 3, 2023 at 6:07 pm

    If by covid they mean that the theater was scrapped due to shootings. Then sure.



    • M Garcia on February 3, 2023 at 8:57 pm

      ???????????????? That’s the stuff they don’t want to talk about..



  4. Uncle Sam on February 3, 2023 at 6:53 pm

    I’d like to put a Trump store in here. #saveAmerica2024



    • Hammer on February 3, 2023 at 8:28 pm

      Why so more whack jobs with guns can come ??



    • Bob Bong on February 3, 2023 at 8:38 pm


    • Kathleen Harty on February 4, 2023 at 1:05 pm

      I will be a regular customer.



  5. Kim on February 3, 2023 at 7:19 pm

    Super Excited!! How to we find more information



    • Bob Bong on February 3, 2023 at 8:38 pm


      • Sheila Lockhart on February 4, 2023 at 5:53 am

        Hi my name is Sheila Lockhart I am co owner of BEBE’s Creative Corner. Would love to order a space to get my crafts done at a reasonable price. I am currently working on in a limited space in my home

        Please get back to me,
        I am ver interested
        Sheila Lockhart



        • Bob Bong on February 4, 2023 at 1:04 pm


        • Jackie Hosch on February 7, 2023 at 11:25 am

          Hi Sheila. I’m the local sales representative for the Southlake Mall/Merrillville IN space we are currently developing. You can reach me for more information at 626-893-1895 or jackie.hosch@cubework.com.



  6. Manny on February 3, 2023 at 8:43 pm

    I’d like to set up a paraphernalia shop, should work out well with the new friends in town.



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