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Ribbon Cutting to Welcome Businesses to The Crossing-South at Holden

Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (Aug. 11, 2015) – Jointly celebrating a milestone for the University of Central Missouri and the local community, the Greater Warrensburg Area Chamber of Commerce  is working with UCM to conduct a ribbon cutting ceremony for businesses at the newest facility on campus, The Crossing – South at Holden. The public is invited to attend the festivities at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12 on the north side of the complex, near business entrances.

The largest capital project in the university’s history, The Crossing is the university’s first-ever mixed-use student housing and retail facility. The 325-bed complex spans 185,000 square feet, featuring two- and four-bedroom apartments, along with study and social spaces, and an outdoor events plaza overlooking Audrey J. Walton Stadium. It also dedicates 22,000 square feet to retail/dining space for Starbucks, SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza, University Store and adjacent convenience store.

 “We welcome Starbucks and SPIN! Pizza to campus, and look forward to expanded retail opportunities through the University Store,” said University President Charles Ambrose. “These businesses represent an investment into a quality campus environment for our students, faculty and staff, but they also are important to our partnership with the community. We encourage everyone to take advantage of these retail and dining opportunities, and expect The Crossing to become a popular destination in Warrensburg.”

The ribbon-cutting focusing only on the businesses at The Crossing comes several days prior to the official grand opening of the facility at noon, Aug. 20. The Crossing’s retail/dining establishments are working with Sodexo, UCM’s dining services provider, and will be open for business on Aug. 12 for the ribbon cutting, and thereafter.

The mix of retail and dining establishments includes an internationally known enterprise, and a growing Kansas City area restauranteur, which is garnering recognition within pizza dining circles.

Founded in Overland Park, Kan., SPIN! is ranked number one by Zagat among Kansas City area pizza restaurants. It has received national, regional and local awards, including being named “best pizza” by numerous metropolitan area publications, and honored for the city’s best gluten-free menu. SPIN! is known for its artisanal food made from fresh high-quality ingredients and inviting atmosphere that appeals to all ages. In addition to a diverse selection of traditional thin-and-bubbly crust, rustic whole wheat, and gluten-free pizzas, SPIN! serves a large selection of fresh salads topped with made-from-scratch dressings, homemade soups, signature Panini and Italian deli sandwiches, appetizers, small plates, and all-natural gelato ice creams.

Starbucks began in 1971 in Seattle as a roaster and retailer of whole bean and ground coffee, tea and spices. Since that time, it has grown to more than 22,500 stores in 66 countries, with a goal to use the highest standards of quality and ethical sourcing practicing with coffee buyers personally traveling to coffee farms in Latin America, Africa and Asia to select high-quality beans. Stores serve as neighborhood gathering places, and the company prides itself on “quality of service, an inviting atmosphere, and exceptional beverages.”

Built on two levels with atrium views of Audrey J. Walton Stadium, the University Store offers 15,000 square feet of floor space where emblematic merchandise will be sold. It also features an adjacent 1,300-square-foot convenience store to help make it a “lifestyle center” within the mixed-use environment, and a kiosk for student-led sales.  Additionally, its proximity to downtown Warrensburg, along with interior touches symbolic of UCM, and colorful window displays will contribute to a welcoming community-university gateway.

 The University Bookstore, currently located in the Elliott Student Union, will continue to operate, serving as the main hub on campus for textbook distribution, along with other items for purchase.