But that was just the beginning of the changes.
Additionally, existing vendors including Journeys, Bath & Body Works, The Limited, New York & Company and Spencer's have renovated or expanded their stores.
"There are so many positive changes taking place at the mall," said Renee Lanzara, the mall's marketing director. "Our aesthetic renovation was just part of the improvements that you're just beginning to see.
"We're thrilled to be working with these new retailers and even more excited to make additional announcements in 2013."
Furthermore, both the Great Lakes Mall and the city of Mentor want to know what stores you want to see at the mall.
So make your suggestions: Nordstrom? Joseph A. Bank Clothiers? Papyrus?
Where do you want to shop?
Ron Traub, Mentor's director of economic development, said the city will check to see if the recommendations make demographic sense for the city and retailer. And, if they do, they will approach the retailers you suggest.
In other words, from your mouth to the city's ears. How's that for service?