Italian delicacies, nutrition supplements, farm-raised beef burgers, blazing hot pizza and very scrumptious, filling bento boxes are all different topics and food choices which do not regularly fit into one conversation.

In the next eight to 12 weeks, it is something that many people driving down Alafaya Trail will be talking about. Plaza on University’s shopping plaza will have businesses Spoleto, GNC, Burger FI, Blaze Pizza and Bento Café opening.


Gina Cowart, Vice President of Marketing and Communications for American Campus Communities, said there are currently seven tenants including Bar Louie, Floyd’s 99 Barbershop and the other five, which are in various stages of construction.

“We are also in negotiations with several other tenants (a great mix of apparel retailers and service providers), and we hope to have several exciting announcements regarding these tenants in the coming weeks,” Cowart said.

Plaza on University can have 25 operating businesses at full occupancy.

Shops in Plaza on University are chosen by American Campus Community working with a local brokerage team “to identify local, regional and national businesses” that they believe compliment the project and local area.

“Once a business has expressed interest in The Plaza, we evaluate the past performance of the business (actual store operating performance as well as company credit history) to make sure we fully understand the probable success of each particular business,” Cowart said.

Customers looking for parking can park in the surface parking provided around the shops and restaurants. The first two floors in the parking garage are also designated for customers to park in.