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University Square Food Court to close
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After opening two and a half years ago, the University Square Food Court on the second floor of the new University Square is closing. "It was a tough decision," says property manager Todd Greenwald. "In a nutshell, it was not performing as forecast. It never took on the life we intended."

The court featured a handful of fast food outlets featuring subs, stir-fries and bubble tea, and plenty of spaces for students to study and eat. "We still feel it was and is a good idea to have a place like that in the campus area," says Greenwald.

The second floor location was perhaps an out-of-sight, out-of-mind logistical problem, while the kinds of food sold stood in contrast to the mostly locally owned, singular kitchens that had found a home in the original University Square over the years.

The court opened in late August, 2008, right before the financial meltdown of that September, which made the whole project all the more challenging, says Greenwald. It will remain vacant for the time being, although there has already been "substantial interest" in the space.

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