A new hotel and spice store are opening in Naperville, and a gas station in town may be changing hands.
Genuine Hospitality’s first Tru by Hilton hotel in Illinois opened Wednesday at 1850 Diehl Road on the southwest corner of Interstate 88 and Route 59.
The 121-room hotel will be the fourth Hilton asset and the 15th hotel chain in the St. Louis-based Genuine Hospitality portfolio.
Carlos A. Madinya, director of sales for the Naperville Convention & Visitors Bureau, said Tru by Hilton is the 18th hotel in the city, bringing the total guest room count to more than 2,300.
The opening of Tru comes at a time when the hotel and motel industry is recovering from the COVID-19 shutdowns and travel slump.
At a budget meeting this week, City Manager Doug Krieger said the city’s tax on hotel and motel taxes had made a “very impressive comeback this year, especially in the second half of the year.”
“We expect it to fully recover to pre-pandemic levels in 2023,” he said.
The city is projecting $3.6 million in revenue from the tax, which Krieger said is 50% higher than the 2022 budget and 24% higher than what the city expects for this year.
Tru by Hilton features a build-your-own “Top It” breakfast bar; a fitness center; a heated indoor pool; and premium snacks, light meals, and single-serve wine and beer available at the 24-hour Eat & Sip retail market.
Kurt Furlong, chief revenue officer and partner at Genuine Hospitality, said in a written statement the hotel will be a “fantastic addition to the vibrant Naperville community.”
Spice House opens before the holidays
The Spice House in downtown Naperville will open Nov. 21, just in time for home cooks and professionals to stock up on fresh spices in small batches for the holiday season, company officials said.
The Naperville location is at 15 W. Jefferson Ave. and connects businesses in Evanston and Chicago’s Old Town neighborhoods, as well as in Wisconsin in Milwaukee’s Westown community and the Milwaukee Public Market.
“The Chicago metro area remains one of our most important markets,” said the company’s CEO, Allyson Lewis, in a press release.
“When it came time to open our first location in the western suburbs, it was a no-brainer that it would be in Naperville,” she said.
According to The Spice House, the design of the Naperville area “reflects an environment inspired by the great markets and pharmacies of the past, where flavors and colors fill the store” and “allows the senses to wander as you explore.”
The Naperville store features the brand’s latest in-store experiences, like the signature Scent Experience or the Spice Bar.
At the Scent Experience, the team guides each customer through the smells and variations of 20 different spices and blends to learn about the intricacies between strains.
The Spice Bar has a rotating lineup of four different spices to try each month, and customers can learn about the origins of each spice, as well as fun facts, recipe and pairing suggestions, and differences between flavors.
The shop opening times are Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Casey’s may demolish old gas station
Casey’s Retail Co. plans to expand into Naperville on a property on the southeast corner of 75th Street and Plainfield-Naperville Road.
The plan is to demolish the existing Mobil gas station building and car wash at 1304 Plainfield-Naperville Road and redevelop the .87-acre lot with a new grocery store and gas station. The car wash would not be replaced.
Because the property is designated as a general commercial area where auto repair shops are classified as conditional use, the demolition triggers a requirement for Casey’s to obtain a conditional use permit from the city before proceeding.
A Planning and Zoning Commission hearing on the application is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Naperville Municipal Building, 400 S. Eagle St.
City officials said they believe the proposed auto repair shop is compatible with the area and an improvement on existing site conditions.
Casey’s, an Ankeny, Iowa-based chain, operates more than 2,400 stores in 16 states and employs more than 43,000 people, according to its company website.