University Village is a 100-acre mixed-use residential and commercial development adjacent to Florida Gulf Coast University, on Ben Hill Griffin Parkway, directly south of the campus. The development will offer both students, faculty,staff as well as local residents, opportunities to shop, dine and socialize. The Residences phase I of the apartment community is now fully leased and its first residents expect to move in before classes begin in August.
In the meantime, the University Village Shops, the retail part of the project, is expected to open by mid-2018, with smaller shops and businesses catering to a younger crowd.
Openings will be staggered as interior spaces are built out. Some of the retail coming into University Village Shops will include the following restaurants: The Mellow Mushroom pizza, Blue Bistro, Poke Fusio, Smoothie King, Shaved Ice, Skillets breakfast and luncheon restaurant,Tacos & Tequila Cantina, KC American Bistro, and Thai Udon. Other tenants include Yoga Loft, F-45 Fitness, and Vanti Nails and Spa.