This spring, Algonquin Commons will be sprouting with many new businesses opening along the Randall Road corridor. Some are chains you'll find just to the south along Randall Road in Geneva Commons, while others are independent businesses.
The first new business to open will be Yogen Fruz. It is expected to open within the next two weeks, said Beth Hicks, marketing director for the outdoor mall.
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Yogen Fruz already has a spot in Geneva Commons, where it serves up frozen yogurt and fresh fruit combinations. The sweet treats, which are filled with probiotics and/or antioxidants, will be made fresh for you as you watch.
Also opening this spring will be Tilly's. The store is going into the old Abercrombie and Fitch location, next to Justice, in the mall. It is expected to open in late spring. The store sells a large assortment of skate, surf and motocross fashions for men and women.
Maurices also will be joining the mall this year. The store is moving to Algonquin Commons from its other location to the north near Target. The clothing store is expected to be in its new spot by late spring or early summer, Hicks said.
In May, La Trattoria Marianos will open. It is moving to Algonquin Commons from its current spot near Lakewood and Ackman Roads in Lake in the Hills. The restaurant is family owned, and will feature original family recipes, the owners say.
Another restaurant coming to the mall this year, but probably not until summer, is Jiang's Mongolian Barbeque. At the restaurant, you can make your own stir fry by choosing the vegetables, meats and sauces to put into it.
Also this summer another restaurant, which is tentatively being called Mediterranean Grill, Hicks said, is going to open. The final name still is being determined, she said.
The folks at Algonquin Commons are excited to see all of this new activity, and said they've been working hard to get new businesses into the mall for their customers.
"Algonquin Commons has become a dynamic mix of local boutique shops such as Smooch Boutique and Shoelace, Inc., and large national retailers such as Ross Dress for Less, Maurices, and Chico's," said Allison Kuchny, part of the mall's in-house leasing team.
"From finding the latest trendy outfits for the entire family, grabbing lunch with friends, grocery shopping for the week, indulging in spa treatments, decorating your home, stocking up on office supplies, or purchasing sporting goods for your next big adventure, Algonquin Commons strives to create a complete and satisfying shopping experience for all ages.
"As the area continues to grow and flourish, Algonquin Commons is excited to bring new local and national retailers giving our consumers even more choices than ever before," Kuchny said. "The latest wave of new retailers and restaurants, including, Tilly's, Yogen Fruz, Maurices, La Trattoria Marianos, and Jiang's Mongolian Grill bring another reason for shoppers to stay awhile."
Giving back: As you do your spring cleaning this year, if you come across some coats that you no longer need, be sure to set them aside for a good cause. Pro Energy Consultants of Geneva is collecting new or gently used coats and jackets are part of its One Warm Coat community service project. It will distribute the coats free to local children and adults.
You can drop your coats off along the Randall Road corridor at Gibby's Wine Den, 1772 S. Randall Road, Geneva. You also can drop them at Fox Valley Physical Therapy and Wellness Clinic, 2011 Dean St, Suite B. St Charles., Confident Aire Green Energy Center, 416 E. Wilson St., Batavia, and Pro Energy Consultants, 39W354 W. Mallory Drive, Geneva.
Amy Williams' column covers all the news of business along the Randall Road corridor from South Elgin to Batavia. Contact her at randallbiz