Florida Board of Governors approves the project which will be the first on-campus location in the state of Florida and first-of-its-kind nationally for the Southeastern-based grocer
TAMPA, Fla. (Jan. 21, 2016) – The University of South Florida will soon offer a unique amenity to students, faculty and staff that will change the face of campus in a reflection of the university’s continual focus on student success.
Today the Florida Board of Governors (BOG), which oversees the State University System of Florida, approved plans for Publix Super Markets to build an approximately 29,000-square-foot store on the USF campus in Tampa. The project represents the first on-campus location in Florida for the Southeastern-based grocer – supporting a mutually beneficial public-private partnership that enhances the transformative living-learning community to be built on the north side of campus. It’s also a first-of-its-kind across the country, as this will be the first Publix location fully integrated into a student housing village on a college campus.
USF’s agreement with Publix includes a 21-year ground lease with six five-year term extensions for a store to be built at the southeast corner of Fletcher Avenue and North Palm Drive, which is currently unused land. The site will be an integral part of USF’s new Student Housing Village, which was supported by the BOG in November as the largest public-private partnership project ever approved by the board. Construction of the village is expected to begin later this year.
“The entire campus community is thrilled and excited to welcome Publix – one of Florida’s most respected companies – to our campus,” said USF System President Judy Genshaft. “Our students’ top request was to bring a grocery store to campus so that we could create a healthy living and learning environment that fully supports them in their goals and ambitions. This Publix location will bring a great dimension to our new student village and create a vibrant and welcoming environment on the Tampa campus.”
The project will continue to support USF’s relentless efforts to enhance student success, cultivating a culture of on-campus engagement. Studies have shown that active on-campus life has a direct impact on improving students’ academic performance, as well as helping them build stronger connections with their peers.
Upon completion of the village, more than 10,000 student beds will be located within walking distance of the grocery store or easily reached via campus shuttle.
The on-campus grocery store will also provide part-time employment opportunities for students. Publix has agreed to conduct at least two job fairs per year on the USF campus and will consider qualified students who apply for available employment and/or internships.
“We are excited to be joining the USF family in their new student village,” said Maria Brous, Publix Director of Media and Community Relations. “As strong supporters of the University and student life, we are looking forward to extending our partnership and bringing our in-store experience on campus.”
It’s anticipated construction on the grocery store could be complete by late next year.
The University of South Florida is a high-impact, global research university dedicated to student success. USF is a Top 25 research university among public institutions nationwide in total research expenditures, according to the National Science Foundation. Serving over 48,000 students, the USF System has an annual budget of $1.6 billion and an annual economic impact of $4.4 billion. USF is a member of the American Athletic Conference.