Wal-Mart developers scale down plans for Atascadero store

The developers of the planned Wal-Mart in Atascadero are expected to once again revise the project – but this time making it smaller.

Wal-Mart representatives met with city officials this week to discuss revised plans that will scale down the size of the project by nearly 40,000 square feet.

The new plans will eliminate a tire-and-lube center, a drive-through pharmacy and some space for merchandise. It will still include groceries, said Aaron Rios, a Wal-Mart spokesman.

In January the Atascadero City Council agreed to seek proposals for an analysis of economic and environmental impacts of the proposed Wal-Mart and an adjacent shopping center.

However, that process can not begin until the developer submits final plans for the project – which the city expects to receive in the next two weeks.

The revised application will be for a store and two adjacent restaurant pads totaling about 120,000-square-feet – smaller than the existing application for a 157,000-square foot building.

-- AnnMarie Cornejo