Spring Hill Mall, which straddles West Dundee and a small portion of Carpentersville, will soon be home to one of the first Nestlé Toll House Cafés in the country, West Dundee Village President Chris Nelson said Tuesday.
The café is under construction in the mall's center court and expected to open in January, General Manager Amy Prew said in a statement. It will serve up high-quality gourmet coffee, fresh baked cookies, pastries and premium sandwiches and paninis, according to a news release.
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The hope is people come for the coffee, and stay for the free tablets that are hooked up to the mall's free Wi-Fi connection.
"It's a new concept -- the intent is kind of to give it that Starbucks feel," Nelson said.
Prew announced improvements to center court Monday night during a board meeting West Dundee held at the 33-year old mall.
"We've added new seating amenities in center court and throughout the shopping center," Prew said. "In addition, we've installed four tables in center court, each equipped with eight Samsung tablets which provide fast, convenient Internet access and create a place for shoppers to unwind. The new tablets and seating are part of our ongoing efforts to modernize and enhance the shopping experience by adding amenities we believe will encourage shoppers to spend more time at the center and visit more frequently."
This work began in September and will be completed with the opening of Nestle Café in center court.
Rouse Properties, Inc., which owns Spring Hill Mall, has partnered with Nestlé to open cafés in 17 other Rouse malls across the country, the news release said. Those center courts will also offer customized soft seating areas and free Wi-Fi throughout the mall.