Panera Bread, Johnson's Real Ice Cream and Swan Cleaners will be the first new tenants of The Shops at Worthington Place, formerly known as Worthington Square.

Panera Bread, Johnson's Real Ice Cream and Swan Cleaners will be the first new tenants of The Shops at Worthington Place, formerly known as Worthington Square.

The announcement of the new tenants was made during a groundbreaking ceremony at Worthington Place this morning (July 28).

Worthington resident and mall owner Tom Carter and his partners plan to invest about $10 million into what they refer to as a "reinvention" of the struggling mall.

"A year from now, you are going to see a big difference here, and you are going to be pleased with what you see," he told a crowd of about 80 people gathered to celebrate the beginning of construction.

The stores in the mall will remain open during construction. Approximately 30 percent of the space is occupied.

Carter did not indicate where Panera would be, though he previously had stressed that he was looking for a restaurant to flank the main east entryway, which will be redesigned to include an outdoor fireplace and seating. First Watch restaurant is on the other side of that entry.

Johnson's is a popular ice cream shop that has been in the Bexley area for many years.

Swan formerly was on the west side of the mall. Ironically, it was the first tenant to sign a lease in the 1970s, when the mall was built.

Insight Bank will move into the former Dalt's restaurant, which is not inside the mall but is part of the mall property. The restaurant and the attached office building on the south side of the mall will become the headquarters and branch office of Insight, currently in the Polaris area.