Tru by Hilton Hotel and Spice House Open New Locations in Naperville

A new hotel and spice shop are opening in Naperville, and a gas station in town may change hands.

Genuine Hospitality’s first Tru by Hilton hotel in Illinois opened Wednesday at 1850 Diehl Road, at the southwest corner of Interstate 88 and Route 59.

The 121-room hotel will be Hilton’s fourth 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 operating hotel in the city, bringing the total number of rooms to more than 2,300.

Tru’s opening comes at a time when the hospitality and motel industry is recovering from COVID-19 closures and the travel crisis.

During a budget meeting this week, City Manager Doug Krieger said the city’s hotel and motel tax has made a “very impressive comeback this year, especially in the second half.”

“We expect it to fully recover to pre-pandemic levels in 2023,” he said.

The city is budgeting $3.6 million in revenue from the tax, which Krieger said is 50% more than it was budgeted for in 2022 and 24% more than the city expects to collect this year.

Tru by Hilton offers a build-your-own “Top It” breakfast bar; a fitness center; a heated indoor swimming pool; and premium snacks, light meal options, and single-serve wine and beer available for purchase at its 24/7 “Eat & Sip” retail market.

Kurt Furlong, chief revenue officer and partner of Genuine Hospitality, speaking in a written statement, said the hotel would be a “fantastic addition to the vibrant Naperville community.”

Spice House will open before the holidays

Naperville’s downtown Spice House will open Nov. 21, just in time for home cooks and professionals to shop for fresh spices in small batches for the holiday season, company officials said. .

Located at 15 W. Jefferson Ave., the Naperville location joins stores in Evanston and the Old Town district of Chicago and Wisconsin in the Westown community of Milwaukee and the Milwaukee Public Market.

“Greater Chicago continues to be one of our most important markets,” company CEO Allyson Lewis said in a press release.

When The Spice House opens at 15 W. Jefferson Ave.  in downtown Naperville, it will look like this store in Chicago's Old Town neighborhood.

“When it came time to launch our first location in the western suburbs, it was obvious it would be in Naperville,” she said.

According to The Spice House, the design of the Naperville space reflects “an environment inspired by the grand markets and apothecaries of the past, where aromas and colors fill the store” and “allow the senses to wander in exploration.”

The Naperville store will feature the brand’s latest in-store experiences, such as the signature Scent Experience or the Spice Bar.

In the scent experience, the team guides each customer through the scents and variations of 20 different spices and blends to learn about the intricacies between the varieties.

The Spice Bar offers a rotating assortment of four different spices to try each month, and customers can learn more about the origins of each as well as fun facts, recipe and pairing suggestions, and the differences between the varieties. .

Hours of operation will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Casey’s could demolish an old gas station

Casey’s Retail Co. is looking to expand into Naperville on a property on the southeast corner of 75th Street and Plainfield-Naperville Road.

Plans are to demolish the existing Mobil gas station building and car wash at 1304 Plainfield-Naperville Road and redevelop the 0.87-acre property with a new convenience store and gas station. The car wash would not be replaced.

Since the property is zoned as a general commercial district under which auto service stations are classified as a conditional use, the demolition triggers the requirement that Casey’s obtain conditional use approval 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 staff said they found the proposed auto service station to be compatible with the area and an improvement on existing site conditions.

Casey’s, a chain based in Ankeny, Iowa, operates more than 2,400 stores in 16 states and employs more than 43,000 people, according to its website.

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