A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked about new businesses moving into town less than two years after Kmart closed its doors.
Here are some responses:
“Clovis is just turning into another cookie cutter American city/town. They call it progress but I’m not sure!
“In just a short 20 years, the place the United States Air Force brought us to has changed from a folksy Western town to one that has the same look and all the same problems we had seen in the big cities where we had lived. The national chainstores/restaurants are replacing the local, family owned businesses.
“Gone are the Saturday mornings spent looking through all the goodies at Barry Hardware and buying things made in the USA that I didn’t need. The one trip a month to the Snazzy Pig just to be exposed to a little local charm is also a thing of the past. The weekly/bi-weekly trips to El Charro — history.
“Thank God that Furr’s and Cook’s are still around and the El Rancho in Portales. And we can still drive to Muleshoe and enjoy the friendly folks at the Dinner Bell. I do hope all the newcomers will stay with us after 2005 when the base closes.” — Auggie Jones
“I feel these businesses, or ones like them, would inevitably have located in Clovis. The fact that Kmart closed … has little relation to the opening and expansion of these other businesses. It is good to have these companies moving into Clovis, and others expanding; however the same problem exists — they generally employ part- or limited-time workers with lower-level pay scales.
“Until companies move into town that have large capital investments with a permanent commitment and presence — and employ moderate numbers full-time with semi- and high-skilled workers — Clovis will not be able to say it has a strong, progressive economic base.” — Bruce Ford, Clovis
“Clovis is growing! Surprise, surprise. And I guess it’s going to be growing faster than some of the old-line residents predicted. Sometimes a town’s growth is tied to what the people believe. There is at least one church in town that preaches a message that God loves you and wants you to prosper so that you can accomplish something good. Let’s just hope Clovis makes the most of its opportunities.” — Carolyn Spence, Clovis
“What’s not going on around here is we are not revitalizing downtown. Money is being spent to expand northward, and downtown is being ignored. We have a wonderful opportunity to bring life and character back to this town. We could attract tourists and create a place of pride; a place where we could enjoy good food, listen to live music, stroll on a summer evening, meet with our neighbors, or make new friends. When did progress become big businesses and chain stores? What happened to nurturing the heart of a small town? — Gail Adkins, Clovis
“I believe this area spends lots of money within Clovis and business persons are cashing in on it while they can. I am glad to see any growth, but hope we can bring new industry, and that we can maintain our many industries — agriculture, railroad, military — and the multitudes of small business. So I guess the answer is we are growing.” — Jim Sitterly, Clovis
“Large corporations usually do market research before entering/building in new areas and it is possible they know more about Clovis/Cannon expansion than we do!” — Jeff Gray, Clovis