Updated: January 22, 2014 4:18PM
CARPENTERSVILLE — Panera Bread will soon join the list of local restaurant options.
Spring Hill Mall officials said Friday that they have entered into a lease agreement with the bakery-café chain to open a free-standing location this fall on the mall’s east side.
While it will have a Carpentersville address, West Dundee Village President Chris Nelson said he is thrilled at the news. He lauds Rouse Properties, which owns the center, for seeking out the eatery. Most of the mall is in West Dundee.
“I definitely think it’s part of Rouse’s effort to increase the attractions at the mall,” Nelson said. “And obviously restaurants are really the key to that. As we’ve seen in other areas, when malls like ours want to draw people they get some really nice eateries nearby. I think this will be a nice draw for people to Spring Hill Mall.”
The eatery joins another new offering coming this year to the shopping center.
Nestlé Toll House Café by Chip is slated to open in the mall’s center court Feb. 15, featuring gourmet coffee, fresh baked cookies and pastries, and a selection of sandwiches and paninis.
Recently, Spring Hill Mall has undertaken several initiatives to make it more than just a shopping hub, including adding free Wi-Fi access throughout the entire mall and installing four countertops in the center court, each equipped with 16 tablets for Internet access.
Spring Hill Mall general manager Amy Prew said officials are excited to welcome two nationally recognized brands like Panera and Nestlé.
“We believe these additions, shortly following the opening of Flaming Grill & Supreme Buffet this past fall, provide local consumers with an unmatched selection of restaurants that offer high-quality food coupled with an attractive atmosphere,” she said. “We look forward to officially welcoming Panera and Nestlé at their grand openings.”