New owner expects changes at Worthington mall

By Jim Weiker 
The Columbus Dispatch

The Shops at Worthington Place has changed hands, signaling potential changes for the 45-year-old mall at 7227 N. High St. in Worthington.

Dallas investment company Direct Retail Partners paid $19.8 million for the property, which includes 140,000 square feet of enclosed retail space on 15 acres.

President and CEO David Watson said the company is pleased with the mall, which is off U.S. Route 23 and south of Interstate 270, but expects to present plans this summer to change the property.

“Obviously, it’s really good real estate in a great community,” Watson said. “We’re making plans, slowly and methodically, as to what we think might be best. Some plans would include some repurposing of space, some different uses.”

Watson did not elaborate but added, “Nothing is really wrong with the mall, but the world has moved away from simple enclosed malls.”

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