Haddad Oriental Rugs soon could move into the former Moody's office-supplies store at 559 High St.
Owner Akbar Hadjarpour said he plans to renovate the vacant store and open his rug store in the spring.
Worthington's Architectural Review Board on Jan. 24 easily approved plans for the renovation of the long-vacant store, which has fallen into disrepair in recent months.
"It's going to be a very welcome addition to the downtown," ARB member Jo Rodgers said.
Hadjarpour and his wife, Minoo, plan to live in the house behind the store. The house is zoned residential, and any changes would go before the ARB in a separate application.
The couple will continue to operate their store at 4700 N. High St. in Clintonville, Hadjarpour said. Haddad sells many kinds of rugs and offers repair and cleaning, he said.
The vertical siding on the building will be replaced with tan lap siding. Trim will be painted brown, and a new sign face will be installed in front of the building.
No plans for roof replacement were presented.