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Junius rest stop along Thruway reopens: Starbucks and Shake Shack headline new facility

One of the New York State Thruway’s new service areas in the Finger Lakes is open for business.

The Junius Ponds Service Area located between exits 41 and 42 near the Waterloo Premium Outlet Mall is the latest to open, as part of the $450 million project.


It’s located on the westbound side of the Thruway.

Here’s what you can eat at the newly renovated rest stop:

  • Shake Shack (The first full-time Shake Shack location in Upstate NY)
  • Starbucks (Drive-Thru)
  • Applegreen Market Store
  • Taste NY Food and Drink Products

Here are some of the other amenities there:

  • Outdoor seating
  • Farm market space
  • Food truck space
  • Dog walking area
  • Digital tourism kiosk *
  • Private nursing area *
  • Two level 3 fast EV chargers*

All 27 service areas are being redeveloped in a $450 million project with Empire State Thruway Partners. The project is funded through a public-private partnership, and no toll dollars or state tax dollars are being used. Customers can learn more about the service area redevelopment project on the Thruway Authority’s website dedicated to the project and its developments. Customers can view a project map, photo gallery and renderings and more information about the planned amenities and services.

The Thruway Authority’s 27 Service Areas are utilized by the 250 million vehicles that travel on the Thruway system every year. Thruway service areas are open 24 hours a day and offer motorists unique food and retail options, restroom facilities and fueling for passenger and commercial vehicles. Taste NY Farm Markets and Tourism Information Centers are also available at select locations.



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