Nestle chips in with Spring Hill Mall store
By Erin Sauder For Sun-Times Media February 15, 2014 8:04PM
Updated: February 16, 2014 2:46AM
The much anticipated Nestle Toll House Cafe by Chip has opened in Spring Hill Mall.
Local franchisee Hitesh Amin is welcoming his first customers with 99-cent cookies (limit four) and 99-cent small cups of premium coffee.
“As cold as it’s been this winter, it’s hard to beat a Nestle Toll House cookie fresh out of the oven, along with a delicious Milano coffee,” said Amin. “Needless to say, we expect to be a very popular addition to the Spring Hill Mall. We want the shoppers here to see us as a place to escape from the hustle and bustle, and relax with (an) indulgent treat and a cup of fresh, premium coffee.”
Spring Hill Mall’s Nestle Toll House Cafe, the third in Illinois and the 119th systemwide, includes comfortable seating, digital menus displayed on eight LED screens and an upgraded design that showcases the brand’s distinctive product offerings in a more efficient and attractive manner, according to a press release. Bar seating is available around the sides of the kiosk in addition to tables and soft seating in the adjacent area.
Nestle Toll House Cafe officials are excited to partner with Rouse Properties, which owns the mall, in bringing the bakery to the area.
“Our brand is growing rapidly, but strategically, here in the United States as well as in Canada and overseas,” said Shawnon Bellah, senior vice president of global operations for Nestle Toll House Cafe. “Having a partner like Rouse that gives us entrée to the center courts of nearly 20 leading malls is a tremendous asset to our company.”
Panera Bread will soon be another new offering at the shopping center. The bakery-café chain will open a free-standing location this fall on the mall’s east side in the building previously occupied by Jameson’s Charhouse.
West Dundee Village President Chris Nelson calls the Nestle Toll House Cafe “a nice addition to the mall.”
“Rouse is making an effort not only with this but in other improvements that will be announced later to make it more of a destination for shopping, grabbing a cup of coffee and other uses,” he said.
Nelson would like to use the Nestle Toll House Cafe as a location for a future meet and greet with residents. Last month he held one at the West Dundee Starbucks.
“And it worked really well,” he said. “So I’d like to see if we could replicate it at the new cafe.”