"The mall is almost fully rented so i kinda hate to see them come in and tear things down", says store owner, Leann McIntosh.
McIntosh is feeling uneasy about the proposed changes to the Washington Square Mall as her blue prints show.
"We've been told that a company from Cincinnati, Ohio is going to come in and has considered buying the mall to remodel", she added.
Washington square has become a hub for small businesses to thrive, but that soon may change.
There's talk of keeping the sears and bringing in another anchor store.
The food court is expected to be no more and.along with new tenants the mall may also bring in a Schnucks supermarket.
McIntosh added; "they have come to me and offered me space at the mall, but the rent has gone up as a far as what they are offering me".
That offer she says wont help any of the small businesses that can't afford to pay more rent.
Businesses nearby find the new plans beneficial for them.
Places like planet fitness; that in the near future, may be seeing a lot more elderly walkers who use the mall to exercise.
Charles Hamilton says, "we got a lot of customers from there that are faithful shoppers at the Washington Mall and their just excited about the new changes.
"It helps our our business", he added.
Representatives from Hahn Realty, the owners of the mall declined to speak to Eyewitness News,
They did share their desire to enhance and improve the south green river area.