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Bed Bath & Beyond open in Paso Robles' Golden Hills Plaza

National retailer Bed Bath & Beyond opened in Paso Robles’ new Golden Hills Plaza on Tuesday — the second big retail store to open in the new shopping center off Highway 46 East.

The 26,000-square-foot store features domestic merchandise, such as bed linens and kitchenware, as well as home furnishings.

Lowe’s Home Improvement store opened at the site in October. Smaller storefronts now open are Subway and a UPS Store.

The 300,000-square-foot Golden Hills Plaza, which is owned by Florida-based Regency Centers Corp., had several potential tenants drop out before opening.

Many reconsidered their nationwide expansion plans, officials have said, while others reportedly struggled with opening new stores during the recession.

Among the dropouts are Circuit City — which went bankrupt and closed nationwide — PetSmart, Starbucks, Chipotle Mexican Grill and SuperCuts, Regency officials have said.

Wal-Mart eyed the shopping center twice, Regency officials have also said, but concluded there wasn’t room for it.

Bed Bath & Beyond re-evaluated all of its real estate deals for new locations in 2009 and delayed opening the Paso Robles store, spokeswoman Catherine Gentile said, but it believes the North County will be a good market.

The Paso Robles store is Bed Bath & Beyond’s 109th in California, according to the company. It also has a San Luis Obispo store off Madonna Road.

Company officials would not disclose how many employees were hired in Paso Robles.

Store hours are Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

— Tonya Strickland

County program subsidizes workers

The county Department of Social Services has obtained federal stimulus money through September for a new subsidized employment program that is available to San Luis Obispo County businesses.

The program will provide reimbursement of 100 percent of wages for up to six months to subsidize employees.

Any business or nonprofit organization can participate, but candidates for employment must meet certain program rules, including being responsible for a child.

Additional tax credits are available to employers if employees are retained after six months.

For details, contact Casandra Blangsted at 781-1904 or cblangsted@co.slo.ca.us.

— Julia Hickey

New fitness studio opens in SLO

Rev, a new fitness studio, is open at 755 Alphonso St. in San Luis Obispo.

Sabrina Hansen and Darik Stollmeyer, a couple who graduated from Cal Poly, offer group and personal training including indoor cycling, mat Pilates and weights instruction.

Stollmeyer is a kinesiology graduate and played for the Mustangs football team on a full scholarship.

Hansen, a business administration graduate, has taught classes at Cal Poly’s Recreation Center, is a certified Pilates instructor and coordinated San Luis Obispo County’s first SLO Health and Fitness Expo.

— Julia Hickey

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