Last-minute shoppers keep merchants busy

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson From left, Chris Grah, Taylor Austin and Roger Grah move a piano to deliver to a customer in time for Christmas delivery from Penny Lane Saturday. Store owner Pat Grah said business had been good over the week leading up to Christmas. Kevin Wilson ’Twas the day before Christmas, and […]

State tax-free weekend begins Friday

Cannon Connections illustration: Gabriel Monte The tax holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. on the first Friday of August and concludes midnight Sunday. Kevin Wilson For the seventh year in a row, back-to-school shopping will be slightly less taxing. Numerous merchants in New Mexico are getting set for the state’s tax-free holiday. According to the state’s […]

State tax-free holiday begins midnight Friday

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CNJ photo illustration: Gabriel Monte The tax holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. on the first Friday of August and concludes midnight Sunday. Kevin Wilson For the seventh year in a row, back-to-school shopping will be slightly less taxing. Numerous merchants in New Mexico are getting set for the state’s tax-free holiday. According to the state’s […]

Local businesses, shoppers preparing for Black Friday

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Sharna Johnson Local merchants are already a step ahead of Thanksgiving, preparing for “Black Friday,” the traditional kickoff for the holiday shopping rush. At Triangle Ace Home Center, General Manager Randy Petty said the store will open an hour early at 7 a.m. and offer a promotional sale Friday. Bracing for the day, Petty said […]

Government doesn’t need to act as parents

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments last week in Schwarzenegger v. Entertainment Merchants, which will decide whether California’s blanket ban on people under age 18 being allowed to purchase certain violent video games will stand. The justices seemed sympathetic to the idea that there should be some way to shield minors from violent games in […]

Business feature: Stores aim to stock locally grown produce

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Jessica Pacheco of Portales culled though a package of strawberries Monday in the produce department at Russell’s Super Save in Portales. Kevin Wilson Stores are going local, and searching for those who are growing local. Wal-Mart recently announced plans to double its sales of fresh produce from local farms in […]

Cigarette tax hike concerns local merchants

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Maggie Cheverez, a clerk at Cigarette Express, rings up a carton of cigarettes Tuesday. Cheverez reminds every incoming customer of the tax increase of 75 cents per pack, which takes effect Thursday. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Not everything in Texas is bigger. The state’s cigarette taxes are less […]

Area stores find shoplifting at normal rate

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PNT Photo: Clarence Plank Shane Nichols, assistant manager at Russell’s Super Save in Portales, points to one of many different medicine items that shoplifters steal from stores. By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer The recession may have shoplifting on the rise nationally, but this holiday season Clovis and Portales appear to be bucking the trend. […]

April 10, 1916

Local merchants were preparing for “dress-up week.” A headline in The Clovis News read, “Local merchants prepare to satisfy sartorial longings for each and every citizen of Clovis. Get togged out for Easter. Country-wide movement has at last found place in Clovis.” … Five couples exchanged vows in an “exceptionally busy marriage week in police […]

Jan. 4, 1932

Max Kelso was recognized as the first Clovis baby born in 1932. Area merchants presented prizes ranging from a silver spoon to a 48-pound sack of flour. … “Blonde Crazy,” starring James Cagney and Joan Blondell, was showing at the Mesa theater on Clovis’ Main Street. … More than 50 Clovis students were preparing to […]

Tax-Free Days deemed success

By Gary Mitchell North Plains Mall merchants say they were pleased with the turnout to their version of the Texas tax-free weekend shopping spree. “It was wonderful,” said North Plains Mall manager Cindy Banister. “All four of our major department stores here were very pleased with the weekend sales. The customer traffic was great all […]