Biz Beat: Atwater Domino's gets a bit theatrical

pguerra@modbee.comAugust 10, 2013 

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— Several years ago, I went with a photographer colleague to cover a high school basketball game in San Jose — why I was covering any kind of sports is a completely different story.

For whatever reason, we missed dinner and found ourselves at a local Domino's Pizza, which was closing up shop but offered us a pizza that someone had ordered and didn't pick up.

That free dinner was the closest I have come to eating at a Domino's, which is known more for delivery services than dine-in experiences.

Greg DeGrandis is looking to change that.

DeGrandis, who started with Domino's in Valencia as a pizza maker in 1999, now owns outlets in Turlock and Atwater. And, according to a news release the company sent last week, he is opening what he calls the area's first Domino's "Pizza Theater" when he relocates the Atwater location this week.

The new location will include a dine-in area with big-screen TVs, open kitchen and a screen to track orders electronically.

And, of course, if you want to go old-school, Domino's will deliver. For more information, or a pizza, call (209) 357-9866.

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Elsewhere around the Business Beat:

It's early August, kids are heading back to school, so you know what that means … yup, time to think about Halloween costumes. I noticed one of those Spirit Halloween temporary stores that pops up each year is going in next to the FoodMaxx on Fulkerth Road in Turlock.

A check of the company's website suggests checking back after Aug. 15 to see where all the stores will go.

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Looking for a part-time job and like barbecue? Earl's Barbecue in Denair is hiring, according to its Facebook page. Earl's, at 4701 Main St., is conducting interviews Monday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

If you haven't been to Earl's, it's worth a drive to Denair. Good stuff. For more information, call (209) 250-2415.

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A lot of folks have noticed the am-pm minimarket and gas station at McHenry and Rumble has been torn down. It's coming back.

A sign at the site says the property is being remodeled and will continue to operate under the original owners, who have run it for 30 years.

It didn't look all that outdated to me, but then again, that was where I used to get gas for my first car, so clearly the place is ancient.

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