Business in brief, April 30, 2019

May 1, 2019

Cerrillos Road Walmart store getting revamp

The 1993 ambience of the Walmart store at 3251 Cerrillos Road is in its waning days as the nation’s largest retailer launched an extensive remodel in mid-April.

The 20th-century floor tiling will give way to a concrete floor with wood-like flooring in the apparel section and vision center, said Tiffany Wilson, Walmart’s communications director for the Western U.S.

Concrete floors already are in place around the pharmacy and near the garden section, and the jewelry counters and live pet (fish) section have been removed.

Interior and exterior walls will be repainted, and energy-efficient LED lighting will be installed.

The 146,351-square-foot Cerrillos Road store will get Walmart’s new electronics department with gadgets on display tables and fully functional display screens.

The renovations should be complete by early July, Wilson said.

The Cerrillos Road store work is one of seven comprehensive remodels Walmart is undertaking around New Mexico this year at an estimated cost of $36 million.

Walmart has 53 stores in New Mexico, including 35 Supercenters plus Neighborhood Markets and Sam’s Clubs.

New home health care, hospice services provider

Albuquerque-based Presbyterian Healthcare Services, which operates Presbyterian Santa Fe Medical Center, started offering home health care and hospice services April 1 in Santa Fe.

Presbyterian Healthcare Services added hospice and home health care just as the unrelated Santa Fe-based Presbyterian Medical Services discontinued its home health and hospice care services.

Presbyterian Healthcare hired 28 former Presbyterian Medical Services staff members but did not acquire any of its business entities, said Dr. Nancy Guinn, medical director of Presbyterian Healthcare at Home.

Presbyterian Healthcare will serve Northern New Mexico from Santa Fe, including Taos, Los Alamos, Española and surrounding communities. It has served 52 hospice and home health care patients in the area since April 1, plus about 80 to 120 patients in Presbyterian Healthcare’s existing Española home health care program.

“We expect to eventually serve about 300 patients in Northern New Mexico,” Guinn said. “As the program grows, we anticipate additional hiring needs.”

Presbyterian Healthcare Services also offers home health care and hospice in Albuquerque, Clovis, Tucumcari and Socorro.

Meow Wolf ride opens at Denver amusement park

Meow Wolf launched into motion earlier this month with the opening of its Kaleidoscape amusement park ride at Elitch Gardens in Denver.

Kaleidoscape is Meow Wolf’s first attraction outside New Mexico and also its first new immersive art installation since the opening of the House of Eternal Return in 2016 on Rufina Circle in Santa Fe.

Kaleidoscape is a Meow Wolf appetizer while the artist collective builds a full-size immersive, interactive attraction on a property near Elitch Gardens. The 90,000-square-foot Meow Wolf Denver, which will dwarf the 20,000-square-foot original in Santa Fe, is expected to open in December 2020.

Meow Wolf used the existing tracks and carts of a prior ride in the same structure called Ghost Blasters 2. Meow Wolf co-founders Emily Montoya and Matt King collaborated with seven Denver artists to create the artistic vision for Kaleidoscape.

The New Mexican