The shelter on Ninth Street, which can accommodate 90 people a night, had been slated to close April 15.
He was a fixture on the avenue and was well-known for his metal sculptures and calming presence.
No-one knows yet if the store will sell books or convenience items, and it may bring more foot traffic to this Berkeley shopping destination, but local merchants are still wary.
Patrons can watch the night sky in a portable planetarium show, learn about urban farming, or take virtual-reality tours through the International Space Station or the human body.
PG&E officials say gas service should be repaired "later this evening," but could not provide a specific time.
In a nod to neighborhood concerns about traffic and parking, cars coming to get serviced at the new site will pull completely inside the building and not sit on the street.
A federal judge will hear arguments Monday over the legality of Berkeley's attempt to prevent the sale of its main post office by creating a zoning overlay in the civic center area
First elected in 1992, Maio has served more than 25 years, making her the longest-serving council member in Berkeley.
West Berkeley Investments recrafted its proposal to make 50% of the units affordable and to meet Berkeley's zoning laws. The project could be approved in 180 days.
Right-wing activists and white nationalists have protested outside the store, as well as inside, 10 times since September.
With 12 people now running to replace Assemblyman Tony Thurmond, developments in the race are fast and furious.
After weeks of blue skies and warm temperature, a cold front moved into the Bay Area, bringing rain and hail.