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TUCSON, Ariz. - The Highland Market, the first grocery store located on the University of Arizona campus, opened late last week in the Highland Commons housing district, according to published reports.
Available at the market are fresh fruits and vegetables, deli items,and health and beauty products, in addition to an assortment of meats and frozen foods. The store also features an espresso bar, a sandwich deli, a salad bar, and indoor and outdoor dining areas. The Highland Market offers convenience to students living on campus who would otherwise have to walk a further distance to the student union for meals and food items.
Construction cost about $1 million, said Brian Dolan, the university's facilities project manager and supervisor of the Highland Market construction project, and the project was funded by both the Arizona Student Unions and Residence Life, said Dan Adams, director of Arizona Student Unions, according to the Arizona Daily Wildcat campus newspaper, which is distributed throughout Tucson.
The market was dedicated to Mike Wetzel, a 17-year University of Arizona employee who two years ago had to resign as supervisor of all convenience stores on campus after he contracted Lou Gehrig's disease. Wetzel's father, Alan, a 38-year grocery industry veteran who previously owned a chain of markets in Illinois, was asked to succeed him at the University. A message from Mike Wetzel was read at the opening ceremony.
The market is open every day from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.