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In Stardew Valley, you can support the local big box store Jojamart instead of doing fetch quests for the village to rebuild the community center.

Is there any downside to selling your soul back to the Joja Corporation?

Do I lose access to any particular items or does it impact my relationships with the townsfolk if I spend my money building a warehouse rather than rebuilding the community center?

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There is essentially no downside to choosing one side over the other.

The only minor differences are the rewards (usually a single item) received from completing each Community Center bundle, and existence of the Bulletin Board bundles in the Community Center, which will increase friendship with all villagers, except possible romantic interests, by two hearts once they're all completed. There is no Joja equivalent for these bundles.

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There are a few key differences between each route. One way or another you're going to miss out on some stuff.

  • For both routes, you will receive an item as a prize. For the Joja route, you'll receive a soda machine, which gives you one free Joja Cola each day. For the Community Center (CC) you get the Stardew Hero Trophy, an exclusive furniture item.

  • If you finish the CC, Pierre's shop stays open every day of the week (doesn't close on Wednesdays). There's no equivalent prize for Joja.

  • As Wrigglenite explained, each CC bundle will reward you with items once complete. Most of the time these items are pretty "meh" but some like the Crystalarium can be very helpful if you manage to get them early.

In general, the Joja route is typically much easier and faster to complete, but the CC gives "better" rewards. In my playthroughs, I've been able to complete the Joja route by Fall of year 1, but the CC can't be completed until Summer year 2 at the earliest (unless you get really lucky with the Traveling Cart).

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    Note also that while Pierre's will stay open on Wednesdays once you've completed the community center, the blacksmith shop will close every Friday, due to Clint hanging out in the Furnace room. I've lost count of how many Fridays I've gone there to upgrade my tools or crack geodes without realizing it. – Adam V Dec 6 '19 at 21:39

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