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Georgia Southern University’s Centennial Place will feature food court and retail shops

eagle headGeorgia Southern University has begun construction on its newest and largest residence hall to date, Centennial Place. The new building will have space for more than 1,000 students distributed in varied living arrangements, from shared rooms to super-suites with shared living space and kitchens.

Centennial Place will also offer two amenities that none of the University’s other residence halls have: retail stores and a food court. ‘Georgia Southern University has obtained franchises to operate a Coldstone Creamery in the Centennial Place food court,” said Tom Palfy, director of Auxiliary Services at Georgia Southern University, who will oversee these new facilities.

On the retail side, an optometry store is planned and the University’s existing convenience store, The Pickle Barrel, will relocate to Centennial Place. Georgia Southern University’s Eagle Print Shop will relocate to Centennial Place and will be adjacent to the food court, with an entrance on Forest Drive.

‘We’re excited about being able to provide a variety of conveniences for our students,” said Palfy, ‘The shops and food court will face Georgia Avenue, giving the area a “main street’ look. These new offerings will provide a convenience not only for students, but for everyone who comes to campus regularly, including faculty, staff, and visitors,” said Palfy.

With the addition of the new food and retail stores, Georgia Southern has created a retail corridor in the heart of its campus. Combined with the University Store and the Russell Student Union, students who are on a break between classes or returning to their residence halls will now have more conveniences nearby than ever before.

Georgia Southern University, a Carnegie Doctoral/Research University, offers more than 120 degree programs serving nearly 17,000 students. Through eight colleges, the University offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs built on more than a century of academic achievement. The University, one of Georgia’s largest, is a top choice of Georgia’s HOPE scholars and is recognized for its student-centered approach to education. Visit:

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