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New Starbucks and a retro-themed store coming to northeast Fresno

A Starbucks on the northeast corner of Herndon and Cedar avenues is scheduled to open at the end of June. A convenience store with a retro feel will open next door.
A Starbucks on the northeast corner of Herndon and Cedar avenues is scheduled to open at the end of June. A convenience store with a retro feel will open next door. bclough@fresnobee.com

Something old and something new are coming to the northeast corner of Herndon and Cedar avenues.

The new is a Starbucks and the old is Retro Junction, an old-timey convenience store (which, of course, isn’t really old, but a nod to the past).

Both businesses are under construction. A lube shop on the corner was torn down to make way for them. The 76 gas station on the same property will remain.

Starbucks and Retro Junction will be in the same building – an unusual move for Starbucks, said property owner John Shehadey, who is part of the family who owns and operates Fresno-based Producers Dairy.

The Starbucks is scheduled to open at the end of June, complete with a drive-thru. Retro Junction is expected to open a month later.

You know it’s going to be something different when Shehadey compares the decor to the fictional retro restaurant Jack Rabbit Slim’s, which was the setting for the dance scene in the film “Pulp Fiction.”

“It was like a ’50s place. I don’t care about John Travolta, I’m just looking at the decor,” Shehadey said, but then adds, “I wish I could dance like him. Those days are gone.”

The store and deli will sell retro items, such as candy and sodas, along with modern convenience store items, too.

Shehadey and others toured lots of stores, such as Cracker Barrel, to get inspiration for the one in Fresno.

“The front of the deli is going to be half of a ’57 Chevy,” he adds.

Bethany Clough: 559-441-6431, @BethanyClough

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