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ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) - Two new tenants of the new mixed retail and student apartment project in University City have been named.  If you have driven up and down Delmar lately, chances are you've seen the construction going on there.  It's called the Lofts of Washington University.  It's a mixed use retail and student apartment development and it's going to offer an opportunity to do something you haven't been able to do in University City before, your grocery shopping.

If you're a fan of Global food Market in Kirkwood but live in University City, there's some good news for you. The grocery store is going to expand to the Loop.

"We've been looking to expand for a couple years but the right opportunity didn't present itself until the university approached us.  Partnering with such a great institution, we thought we couldn't miss out on this opportunity." said VP of Development Shayn Prapaisilp.

Global Food Market along with Joe Edward's new Peacock Loop Diner will be the two major tenants in an $80 million dollar Delmar development.

"So this is a five building complex.  It will house 250 apartments and 22-thousand square feet of ground floor retail." said Director of Community Relations for Washington University Cheryl Adelstein.

The university unveiled the complex's name Thursday morning for the Lofts of Washington University. The project links the western and eastern parts of the Loop to to expand a pedestrian experience.

"The Delmar Loop is a great vibrant entertainment district.  But I don't think a lot of people think about it as a main street and that's what it really is.  There are 10-thousand plus people within walking distance of this street and they need a grocery store." said Cheryl Adelstein.

So, if you need your Brumi, Toddy or Hup Seng cream crackers...you can soon say merci as your options expand in University City with the 15,000 square foot urban concept grocery store.

Construction for the Lofts of Washington University will continue for the remainder of the year and should open next year in August of 2014.