HAPPENING ON HIGH: Openings / Closings Roundup

Happening on High

High St is the heart of Columbus. The continuous commercial spine which slices through some of the best neighborhoods in the city. It’s dense, walkable, vibrant, and offers a great local experience you can’t get anywhere else. We don’t mean to slight other areas around town, but have to acknowledge that High St is king. These posts offer a roundup of closings, openings, and changes so you can stay up to date with what’s happening on High.



  • W.G. Grinders has closed their campus location at 1666 N High. Signs in the windows indicate Jersey Mike’s Subs will be coming soon to the space.
  • Next door, Puff N Stuff smoke shop has also closed at 1652 N High. The space is currently for lease.
  • Giant Eagle’s GetGo convenience store has closed both of their campus area locations including the location at 1551 N High at W 10th Ave. Both locations were only open a few years, did not feature gas pumps, and were located in former 7/11s. Campus Partners has been said to be interested in the properties.
  • Wendy’s has reopened their north campus location in the new View on High building at 2020 N High St. It may not be two-stories like McDs down the block, but it’s a vast improvement over the previous location here. At the same time, their south campus location at 1510 N High is now closed, preparing to make way for future development on the site.
  • World of Beer has finally begun construction on their new location in the South Campus Gateway’s alley, 1568 N High.
  • Rumors are also flying about big moves yet to be announced at Gateway. Steiner and Associates (developers of Easton) have been brought in to manage leasing for the troubled center. Potential new tenants have been said to include a new clothing store, restaurant, pizza place, and yoga studio. Look for more on this as we hear it.



  • Bareburger has announced a second Columbus location in Clintonville at 4560 N High. The site, currently a medical office building, will be demolished and rebuilt as a three-story mixed-use building by developer Crawford Hoying. Bareburger’s first local location opened last year in the former Yankee Trader space across from the Convention Center Downtown.
  • Chipotle-style sushi restaurant Fusian will be opening in the former auto repair garage located in Clintonville at 4214 N High. This is directly across from the retail center containing local favorites Northstar Cafe and Jeni’s Ice Cream. Fusian currently has a Columbus location at the South Campus Gateway, with additional shops under construction at Easton and on W 5th Ave in the Grandview area.
  • Virtue Salon (Columbus’ only Vegan beauty salon) is moving from its current space in Clintonville across the street into the storefront formerly occupied by SOBO Style at 3282 N High.
  • Retailer North High Furnishings is now open at 3293 N High in Clintonville. It’s a new retail partnership from long-standing local business Begley Upholstering.
  • Rumor has it that budding fast-casual chain Pizza Cucinova is eyeing the former Caribou / Peet’s coffee location at 3645 N High in Clintonville as a potential spot for their third local location.
  • Next door, neighborhood newcomer Philosophi Salon has already set up shop and is open for business in the former Groovy Spoon location at 3665 N High.


Short North

  • The Collection European Furniture store at 685 N High has closed. The location was formerly home to Zoom Room Dog Training and longtime Short North icon, An Open Book. Signs indicate the space is currently for lease.
  • Bungalow Home has closed their Short North location at 641 N High mere months after completing a store renovation project. No word yet on a replacement tenant, but it’s a prime location and likely won’t be empty for long. Bungalow’s New Albany location remains open for business.
  • Retailer Second Sole has opened its second Columbus-area location in the former Huntington Bank at 662 N High in the Short North.
  • The Hyde Park Restaurant Group is continuing their takeover of the I-670 cap, and will open a new burger concept called “Stack City” in the former Cup O’ Joe / MoJoe Lounge location at 600 N High St.
  • Milk Bar’s former location at 765-A N High in the Short North is under renovation for a new, as-of-yet unnamed jewelry store tenant.
  • Local developer Borror Properties has begun construction on a new storefront location at 864 N High (former home of Salon Hotel Lily) in the Short North, a neighborhood home to many of their current urban infill projects.


Excited about what’s new? Mourning for those we’ve lost? Know about something we missed?

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