New businesses coming to Fresno's Blackstone Avenue

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The walls are up at one of Fresno's newest buildings along Blackstone Avenue and more are on the way. (KFSN)

The walls are up at one of Fresno's newest buildings along Blackstone Avenue. This fall, it will be home to Dickeys Barbecue Pit, Jersey Mikes, and a couple of other businesses.

City leaders said it's positive news for the Blackstone corridor

"The mayor refers to it as the spine of the city, because it connects the downtown to the north part, the healthy parts of Fresno. We need to make sure our spine is healthy," said Claudia Ruiz, Fresno Economic Development Specialist.

Ruiz said the city is focusing on improving Blackstone and has changed regulations to make it easier for businesses to set up shop.

Making a return to Fresno is Krispy Kreme. The spot at Blackstone and Bullard is just dirt now, but construction will start at the end of the month.

"It will be similar to the old location. It's slightly smaller, about 3,000 square foot with a full donut production line that can produce over 200 dozen donuts per hours," said Paul Tanner, VP Hot Glazed Enchantment.

Officials expect to open in October and the store will hire 50 people to work at the location.

Just about half a mile down Blackstone, crews are busy at work on Fresno's first Hobby Lobby. The 53,000 square foot is located off Blackstone near Sierra.

"It's a big boost for this area as well. It worked well in Visalia, so hopefully it will do well, and I know a lot of people are excited about the number of jobs it's bringing," said Claudia Ruiz, Fresno Economic Development Specialist.

Hobby Lobby officials said they plan to hire up to 50 people. The store will host a job hiring fair in late summer or early fall. Hobby lobby is expected to open August 8th, making it the 700th store nationwide.

Leaders said these new businesses will bring positive revenue and jobs to the area.
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