Tom Carter is about to reel in his biggest catch thus far.

Tom Carter is about to reel in his biggest catch thus far.

Orvis, the high-end outdoor retailer that started 156 years ago as a tackle shop in Manchester, Vt., has leased 6,200 square feet at the east entrance to The Shops at Worthington Place.

Carter, co-owner of the mall, said he is excited to bring Orvis to the Central Ohio market.

"It's a huge destination tenant for us," he said.

Orvis has 51 stores nationwide, including one in Cleveland and one in Dayton

Known for its fishing, hunting and sporting goods, the store also sells clothing, gifts, merchandise for dogs, luggage and outdoor equipment.

The store will take over the former Caribou Coffee, more recently occupied by the Worthington Craft Guild shop, and the former Franklin Covey store.

The craft shop has moved to a space inside the mall.

If approved by the Worthington Architectural Review Board, which will look at the plans during its Thursday, April 26, meeting, the Caribou site will be torn down and a taller structure built in its place.

The taller height will allow for high ceilings but not a second story. It will extend farther to the north than the current shop site and will have an entrance and windows on the mall's exterior.

Some Orvis store exteriors feature stone and wood pillars and the appearance of a fishing lodge. That will be toned down to blend in with the rest of the mall, Carter said.

"There is some wood on the exterior that picks up the general architectural theme, but we tried to make it compatible with Worthington Place," Carter said.

City planning coordinator Lynda Bitar agreed with Carter.

"It definitely doesn't look like the other Orvis stores, but it still has an outdoorsy feel to it," she said.

Orvis is the latest new tenant to sign on with Worthington Place, formerly known as Worthington Square.

Carter, a Worthington resident, and Texas-based Morris-Floyd Capital Partners, purchased the mall in 2010.

Renovations have given the mall a new, fresh look. The final phase will be completed in June, Carter said.

Other new tenants include Learning Express and Baby and Me Boutique. Panera Bread will open in the summer at the south end of the mall, in the former Chili's site. Businesses that recently announced plans to move to the mall are FrontRunner Shoes, Kenneth's Hair Salons and Day Spas, Swan Cleaners and Worthington Dental.