UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. (KMOX) – University City has a well-deserved reputation as a unique, eclectic community, but there’s something it hasn’t had — until now.
Officials with Washington University Thursday morning announced that a grocery store will anchor the ‘Lofts at Washington University’ now under construction along Delmar just west of Skinker.
“People need groceries,” explained Cheryl Adelstein, director of community relations and local government affairs at Washington University. “They need toiletries, they need fresh fruit. So this will serve our students but it will also, and I think more importantly, serve the whole community.”
The anchor tenant of the $80 million retail development will be Global Foods Market, but that’s not all.
“Ultimately it will house 240 apartments, an underground residential garage, and 22,000 square feet of ground-floor retail,” Adelstein added.
And then there’s the ‘Peacock Loop Diner’, the Loop’s first 24-hour diner to be headed up by none other than Joe Edwards, Mr. University City himself.
However, Adelstein said it wasn’t clear from the start that Edwards would be involved.
“When we sat down with Joe to explain the project to him we talked about the types of retail that would be great here,” Adelstein said. “One of the ideas wa a diner and we said ‘Joe what do you think, would a diner do great in the Loop? He was like ‘Let me think about that’, and then he came back and he said ‘Not only do I think it would work, I want to do it!’.”
The 4.4 acre site straddles the line dividing University City from the city of St. Louis.
It will be home to five new buildings, four of which will be completed by August 2014.