Local hardware stores merging

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Richard Petty, owner of Triangle Ace Hardware, and James Burns, owner of Burns Hardware Do-It Center, have decided to merge their stores starting in 2012. The stores will have to undergo some changes, including their national affiliations, but both said the merger will be able to provide more services to […]

N.M. Kmarts, Sears stores survive first closure round

New Mexico locations for Sears and Kmart stores survived the first round of closure announcements Thursday. Sears announced plans Tuesday to close between 100 and 120 stores, and will post additional rounds of closures online. The first round of closures named 79 locations in 25 states, including three stores in Colorado (Longmont, Glenwood Springs and […]

Business digest — May 3

Stripes stores raise money for charity Stripes convenience stores raised $618,429 for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals during its March 7-April 3 fundraising campaign, according to a release from the company. Stripes has locations in Clovis, Portales, Texico and Muleshoe. Stripes raised funds by asking customers to purchase a $1 Miracle Balloon icon or donate spare […]

God equips those he calls to his service

Easter is later than usual this year but still Easter eggs and baskets and other Easter items line the shelves in stores. Baby chicks and ducks are for sale in the seed and farm stores and commercials about getting grass in shape for the summer appear on the television. A certain excitement is evident with […]

Small video stores keeping pace with change

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Sarah Scioli of Clovis, a manager at Talico Video and Book Exchange on Prince Street, places a video back on the shelf Tuesday. Scioli said the store has been in business for 30 years. Kevin Wilson Here lies the mom and pop video store. The eulogy’s been written numerous times, […]

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 […]

Stores bracing for tax-free weekend rush

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Megan Neighoff, Brown’s Shoe Fit sales associate, prepares a sandal display Tuesday at the store on Main Street in preparation for the tax-free holiday this weekend. Liliana Castillo New Mexico’s annual tax-free holiday is this weekend and local and corporate businesses in Clovis and Portales are stocking up to deal […]

Dayhoff selling Clovis shoe stores

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Selling his two Clovis shoe stores was a bittersweet decision for Randy Dayhoff. After 56 years of ownership by the Dayhoff family, the business — Randy’s Shoes and Randy’s Workboot Store in the 400 block of Main Street — will be sold Wednesday to Brown’s Shoe Fit Co. of […]

Holiday shoppers should hit up local stores for gifts

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist There seems to be no end of marketing approaches in the attempt to “sell” Christmas. In fact, I suppose it’s a well known reality that many of our favorite holiday traditions had their genesis in the brainstorming rooms of Madison Avenue marketing corporations. Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer and the Macy […]

Stores hope for busy and safe Black Friday

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Mike Hall has worked a lot of Black Fridays, but he doesn’t really consider the day to be that dark. “The worst part is thinking about it coming, but once it gets here, it’s fun,” said Hall, store manager for Wal-Mart in Portales. “You get to do a lot […]

Tax holiday brings local stores steady business

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank Erika Meadows of Raton took advantage of tax free weekend at Joe’s Boot Shop Saturday in Clovis. Meadows was on her way to Portales to drop her two oldest children at Eastern New Mexico University for the fall semester. Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer It looks like customers from across […]

School supplies still relevant in life

By Judy Brandon: CNJ columnist Well its official! School supplies are out at all the stores. Newspapers are full of ads on school supplies. With the passing of July 4th, it seems that summer vacation is on the downside and anyone can tell that by seeing the endless supplies of backpacks, school paper, pencils, pens, […]

Jan. 1 Shopping with Tonya

It’s New Year’s Day, which means sales, sales and more sales. Now is the time to find leather jackets and cashmere sweaters marked down 50 percent or more. Almost all stores have their winter apparel on sale to make room for their spring fashion lines. So, stock up on basic pieces for next season.

Patronage varies on Black Friday

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Electronics Boutique Games sold out of video game consoles within five minutes of opening on Black Friday, according to Store Manager Bill O’Shea. Located at North Plains Mall, the video game store along with other stores at the mall opened at about 6 a.m. Friday. Some Clovis retail store […]

Tractor Supply building begun

CNJ Staff Construction is under way on a Tractor Supply Co. store at the northern end of North Prince Street, according to a Tractor Supply news release. The 19,000-square-foot store at 1282 State Road 209 will be the farm and ranch supply retailer’s first New Mexico location. “Farmers in Curry County grow a lot of […]

Local jeweler had colorful sense of style

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer By Gabriel Monte CNJ Staff writer If clothing made the man, Anthony “Buddy” Holmberg’s clothes made him a man with a passion for having fun. Holmberg, 75, who owned and operated one of the oldest jewelry stores in Clovis, died Tuesday at his home. Colorful clothing was his signature, […]

Governor snuffs smoking

Staff and wire reports SANTA FE — Smoking will be banned across New Mexico in bars, restaurants, stores and other workplaces under legislation signed Tuesday by Gov. Bill Richardson. Danny Tipton, manager at Kripple Creek Restaurant in Clovis, said the customer and staff reaction has been negative so far. “We really don’t like it,” Tipton […]

Movie reminder Christmas isn’t so simple

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist Seeing “The Nativity” movie this busy holiday season really helps put this whole Christmas thing into perspective. The greatest story every told didn’t happen in a Hallmark card setting. There was cow poop and all. My daughter Laura and I went to see “The Nativity” last weekend and I felt […]

Presents aren’t what make happy holiday

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist The day after Thanksgiving is always highlighted as a busy shopping day. I watched a TV newscast that featured film footage of people camped outside certain stores in hopes to get their hands on the latest PlayStation. I saw people sleeping on cots in line and recycling in fold-up chairs, […]

Black in action

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Josie Lamb of Clovis is one of the first customers to enter Triangle Ace Home Center in Clovis at 7 a.m. Friday as store manager Ron Scorzafava, right, unlocks and opens the door. (CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisle) By Tonya Fennell and Ashley Lee: Freedom Newspapers Blanche Bentley was up with the sun Friday morning […]