Two stores locked their doors at the Shops at Worthington Place during the first month of the year, and another is expected to do the same.
All is not doom and gloom at the newly remodeled mall, though.
Tenants reported a good Christmas, mall owner Tom Carter said. A spa and restaurant will open in the spring, and one of the closed shops might reopen in a new space, he said.
Monkworks and Cheryl's Cookies closed in early January, and Everest Gear probably will be gone by the end of the month, Carter said.
Coming soon are Aladdin's Eatery, which will move into the former Victoria's Secret space, and Massage Envy, taking over the former Cheryl's site.
Monkworks Gifts and Gallery was one of the few locally owned shops at the mall. Owner Helen Rankin closed for personal and business reasons but might consider reopening eventually, Carter said.
"We'll work with her and try to get her a reinvented Monkworks," he said.
He said Cheryl's Cookies was asked to leave after its parent company refused to sign a long-term lease or move into another space at the mall. It was one of the few businesses operating on a month-to-month lease.
Massage Envy wanted the space. Carter said he tried to work with Cheryl's, but a deal could not be made. He said he would rather have a locally owned bakery or sweet shop at the mall.
"We're looking for some 'fresh-baked' people," he said.
Everest Gear was a little more difficult to lose because it was the first new store to move in after the mall was purchased. It has been open two years, he said. The store sells hiking and climbing gear and all kinds of outdoor clothing.
It started out as an Internet-only shop in Granville, and the Worthington location was something of an experiment. Plans call for working out of the Granville location again.
Everest Gear occupies one of the prime storefronts in the mall, across from the fountain near the main entrance. No other tenant has been lined up for the spot, and on Jan. 27, Carter was still working with Everest Gear on the possibility of staying.
Aladdin's is a Middle East- style restaurant with three locations in central Ohio. It will have outdoor seating and tables and chairs around its mall entrance.
Massage Envy is a national franchise. It offers a range of therapeutic massages. Locally, shops are at Grandview Yard, Bethel Road and Hamilton Road.
Its opening is planned for April.