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Going back in time with the Flying A

Greyson Howard
Sierra Sun
Emma Garrard/Sierra SunA painter puts the final touches on the historic Flying A Service Station in Downtown Truckee Monday. The retail clothing and sports store hopes to open soon.

Much of Truckee’s downtown historic district harkens back to the railroad era of the late 1800s, but the Flying A gas station recalls more recent history.

The historic renovation project emulates a mid-1900s gas station but will provide retail space on the south side of downtown. Builders expect to be done by Oct. 1, and the tenant, Sports Tahoe, could be open early in November.

“We’re 99 percent done,” said owner Tom Watson. “I’m truly excited about it.”

The building emulates the 1950s-style gas station with faux gas pumps and neon signs, Watson said.

But the project has proved challenging, he said.

“The gas station was probably remodeled 20 times, it was like restoring an old car,” Watson said.

The business moving in, Sports Tahoe, an outdoor clothing company, has two locations in Tahoe City and Squaw Valley, he said.

The roughly 3,400 square foot building will also include new sidewalk connections down to the Jackass Ridge store and 12 off-street parking spaces.