SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza plans to open a location in the new mixed-use student housing and retail project on the University of Central Missouri (UCM) campus to serve students, faculty, staff, and the local Warrensburg, Missouri, community. Expected to open in August 2015, the 116 W. South St. location will have more than 100 seats, a bar, and a full patio overlooking the football stadium.

With a raft of national and local awards for its food and concept, SPIN! Pizza is known for its artisan food made from fresh ingredients without the gourmet price and its eclectic, affordable wines. SPIN!’s homemade soups, salad dressings, as well as its pizza toppings and ingredients are prepared daily.

SPIN! will be located in a new 185,000-square-foot mixed-use facility at the current site of the UCM General Services Building on the north side of Audrey J. Walton Stadium at Vernon Kennedy Field. The largest capital project in the university’s history, the project is part of UCM’s commitment to the Learning to a Greater Degree Contract, a tool to increase undergraduate completion.

Once completed, the facility will serve as a new front door to Warrensburg's downtown community, and include a living center consisting of 325 beds for upper-class students, two- and four-bedroom units, and retail offerings that include a new University Store, a convenience store, SPIN! Pizza, and Starbucks. Other special features include a number of spaces for social interaction, including small window seats, two-story lounges, large community rooms, and an events plaza.

“The University of Central Missouri looks forward to its new relationship with SPIN! Pizza,” says UCM president Charles Ambrose. “SPIN! Pizza is an exciting new partner in the creation of a living and learning center on our campus that will be part of taking learning to a greater degree. It’s the type of gathering place our students will enjoy, but it’s also the kind of enterprise that will make UCM a destination spot for members of the Warrensburg community.”

SPIN! opened its first location in Overland Park, Kansas, in 2005 and has six Greater Kansas City locations celebrated for their commitment to the communities they serve. Gail Lozoff, one of four partners who own SPIN!, says they are excited to be part of the pioneering new project. Their goal is for the Warrensburg SPIN! to be a great gathering place for both students and families.

“We look forward to being part of the Warrensburg community—from the students, faculty, and staff to Mules fans and local residents,” Lozoff says.

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