Clovis News

Word on the Street: Indian motorcycles roll into Fresno

Indian, a 109-year-old motorcycle brand, will arrive in the Valley with the opening this month of a dealership in Fresno.

Matt Herwaldt, whose family has sold automobiles for more than 40 years, is kick-starting the new Indian Motorcycle Fresno store in the same location as Herwaldt Subaru and Herwaldt Saturn on North Blackstone Avenue.

"Motorcycles are a passion for my family," Herwaldt said. "It's always been a dream of ours to have a motorcycle dealership."

Indian Motorcycle dates to 1901, but production ceased in the early 1950s. A brief rebirth lasted from 1999 to 2003. The current owners bought the rights to the brand in 2004 and revived production of its Indian Chief line of cruising bikes in 2008.

When Herwaldt learned that the resurrected Indian Motorcycle company was re-entering the California market this year, the family quickly applied to become a dealership.

When it opens within a couple of weeks, the Fresno store ( will be one of only two Indian dealerships in California -- the other is in Los Angeles -- and among only 23 in North America. A grand opening is set for May 22 and 23.

Future Fresh

Clovis officials confirmed last week that the city will be home to another new Fresh & Easy store.

The building at 1725 Herndon Ave. is under construction west of Fowler Avenue.

Another Fresh & Easy store has been approved by the city on Shaw Avenue, west of Fowler Avenue. Both new sites are 13,900 square feet.

The only Fresh & Easy store operating in Clovis is at Shaw and Willow avenues.

In the Valley, stores also are open in Fresno, Reedley and Lemoore.

A new use

An empty warehouse soon will be home to an indoor flea market in east-central Fresno.

Fresno Indoor Flea Market will open on weekends beginning April 17. The business is seeking vendors.

Alejandra and Rene R. Charest are opening the 40,000-square-foot warehouse as an indoor flea market rather than let it sit empty during these tough economic times, Rene R. Charest said. His father, Rene M. Charest, owns the building.

The flea market joins other indoor markets, including the Fresno Discount Mall on Fulton Mall, and several outdoor markets.

Due to its connection to local churches -- Rene M. Charest builds churches -- the family is inviting churches and their members to sell at the market.

Interested vendors can contact the flea market at