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The long-awaited Johnny Cash Museum Store is slated to open within two weeks, according to museum founder Bill Miller.

The 850-square-foot retail space will anchor The Johnny Cash Museum, which is still several months from being unveiled, Miller said. Both the store and the museum are located in a vintage building on Third Avenue South about one-half block south of Broadway.

Miller (pictured) said the museum store will feature various memorabilia dedicated to Cash and his career. For example, the retail shop will offer autographed vinyl albums, photographs and books. T-shirts will also figure prominently.

“We are taking a curatorial approach,” Miller said of the retail shop, adding that he and his team have assessed retail spaces at high-end museums devoted to, for example, presidential libraries.

Miller, who is based in California and is known to have one of the world’s largest collections of Cash memorabilia (he operates johnnycashstore.com), said he wanted to open the retail space first, as it will serve as a “beachhead” of sorts. Currently, large-scale museum pieces are being built off-site.

The effort has not come without challenges, as both the SoBro-based retail store and museum will open later than Miller would have preferred.

“It’s a huge undertaking,” he said.

Oct 10, 2012 12:18 PM