The new tenant of the Country Club Plaza will be a cafe, bank combo

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Capital One Cafe in the Mall of America in Minnesota.

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Capital One said its coffees are designed to “support your financial and everyday well-being.”

Now we’re coming to Country Club Plaza this fall. It will take over the former Sur La Table spot at 430 Nichols Road.

Capital One cafes offer a full-service coffee and tea bar, locally baked treats, sweet and savory snacks and prepared meals.

They also have free Wi-Fi, access to charging stations, and semi-private nooks. They are open to the public, but bank customers get 50% off craft drinks.

Other services include ATMs, bank clerks on hand to answer questions about opening a checking or savings account, and workshops on building savings, checking credit reports or budgeting. They also have a community room that can be reserved by nonprofits, alumni groups, and student clubs.

Capital One opened its first cafe in 2021 and currently has more than 50 cafes nationwide, including one in Minnesota’s Mall of America.

Industry experts said some banks are closing branches as millennials embrace online and mobile banking. But then banks lose that “relationship-based banking experience.” Capital One cafes appeal to millennials with two of their favorite combinations: technology and coffee.

Sur La Table closed on the Plaza in mid-2020 as part of a national downsizing.

This story was originally published March 29, 2022 12:50 p.m.

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Joyce Smith has been covering restaurant and retail news for The Star since 1989 under the Cityscape brand. She appreciates topical advice.

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