Biz Buzz: Theater opening date delayed

Galaxy Theatres has settled on a later opening date in Atascadero as company officials pursue interior design and technology changes.

Previously slated to open by the holidays, the Sherman Oaks-based theater now under construction in Atascadero’s Colony Square is expected to open by March.

It’s possible that construction could still wrap up by the end of the year, said Maggie Cox, Galaxy’s local public relations spokeswoman. But company officials prefer not to rush it.

The grand opening plan also calls for the theater to nab a major blockbuster in the first quarter of 2011 if it misses the holiday films.

The 10-screen theater’s design changes include installing all-digital screens and stadium seating. Three screens are to have 3-D capability. The restrooms and concession area are expected to be roomier than previously designed. And the addition of a VIP lounge was confirmed this week.

Frank Rimkus, Galaxy Theatres’ chairman and chief executive officer, said earlier this year that the lounge might be possible.

— Tonya Strickland

Paso Walmart getting upgrades

Renovations are under way at the Walmart in Paso Robles to widen the aisles, lower the shelves and improve the interior signage so customers can find what they are looking for faster.

Every department in the store will get new shelving, signs and flooring. New painting will finish the look, the company said in a news release.

Work began last Sunday at the store at 180 Niblick Road and will continue into October. The remodeling is being done during overnight hours, when fewer customers are in the store. Walmart remains open during the construction, and maps of the store layout are available at the entrance to help guide shoppers.

“We listened to our customers and are redesigning the store to make shopping at Walmart even easier,” said store manager Janis Mayrell.

The company would not disclose how much it was spending for the renovation.

— Tad Weber

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The Arroyo Grande Chamber of Commerce, in cooperation with the Grover and Pismo Beach Chambers of Commerce, is hosting a tri-chamber luncheon featuring Ian Parkinson and Joe Cortez, candidates for San Luis Obispo County sheriff.

The luncheon will take place Wednesday at noon at the South County Regional Center, 800 West Branch Street in Arroyo Grande.

Attendees will hear why each candidate thinks he’s the best man for the job, and questions can be submitted from audience members.

The luncheon is $18 for members of any of the three chambers and $25 for nonmembers. Advanced reservations are required and can be made by calling 489-1488.

— Tribune staff report