Big Lots coming to Clovis

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Big Lots will lease part of the former Furr’s supermarket building on 21st Street, company officials said. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) CNJ staff A national closeout retailer confirmed Thursday the company plans to open a store in Clovis before the end of the year. Big Lots, a Fortune 500 company that deals in closeouts and […]

Shoppers hit stores for post-Christmas bargains

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by Eric Kluth, CNJ staff writer Some were exchanging presents. Others were looking for post-Christmas bargains. Leslie Cargile of Farwell was just looking to get out of the house. Cargile was one of hundreds of shoppers who visited the North Plains Mall on Sunday to check on post-holiday sales. “I had to work this morning, […]

Toy stores are for adult connoisseurs

by Bob Huber Now that I’m knee deep in sunset years, I suppose it’s time to stop pining for the mornings of my life and enjoy the evenings. But that doesn’t mean I have to stop playing with Christmas toys, does it? I say nuts to that. I don’t want you to think I’m angry, […]

Safety no just matter of convenience

By Ned Cantwell Had I started out the year with a list of possible subjects that might plunge me into the churning waters of column controversy, convenience stores would not have been on it. Boy, was I wrong. A recent column applauding safety regulations adopted by the New Mexico Environmental Improvement Board drew ponderous letters […]

Governor welcomes donation

By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent Thursday’s magic number was 7,000. That’s 7,000 Dollar General stores for the Nashville-based chain; a $7,000 prize giveaway for customers; and a $7,000 donation from Clovis’ newest retail store to Clovis Community College’s adult basic literacy program. One company CEO, one New Mexico governor and about 200 people were on […]

Governor to visit Clovis dollar store

CNJ Staff Gov. Bill Richardson is scheduled to be in Clovis at 9 a.m. today for a news conference marking the grand opening of a Dollar General Store. The Clovis store, at 21st and Prince streets, is one of 11 Dollar General Stores in New Mexico. The company plans to have 30 stores open and […]

Discount stores dot west side

By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent While most of the attention in a recent wave of Clovis business expansion has gone to the development in the north part of town, a quieter pair of retail openings is changing the way some west-siders go about their shopping. Since the Gibson’s Discount Store on 21st St. closed in […]

Fear is Chicagoans will like Wal-Mart

Steve Chapman: Syndicated columnist Some newcomers are planning to move to Chicago, and the invasion sounds as though it will be a grim affair. “They’re a negative for the city,” said one fearful alderman. They’re guilty of “treating people wrong,” said an angry minister. They exploit a “slave mentality,” charged another clergyman. You’d think Genghis […]

Discrimination by government is always wrong

The city of San Francisco is renowned for its history and charm and its vibrant art galleries, restaurants and street life. San Francisco, like other interesting cities, did not gain its uniqueness by government edict. Unfortunately, those who control San Francisco apparently believe government now is the only thing standing between their fair city and […]

Toy store winds down

By Darrell Todd Maurina The Clovis location of KB Toys is among 375 stores determined to be “underperforming” or that do not fit strategic plans and are slated for closure, according to a Wednesday press release from the company. A woman who identified herself as a manager said Wednesday evening that local employees were aware […]

New regulations aimed at store safety

By Jack King Area convenience store owners say proposed regulations by the state Environment Department aimed at making the stores safer for clerks and customers duplicate what they already do. But an Environment Department official said Monday not all convenience stores follow all the guidelines. The Environment Department announced the proposed regulations Sept. 29 and […]

Protectionism would create bad results

By Walter Williams Recent advocacy of free trade in this column has caused considerable reader apoplexy and anxiety, not to mention accusations of unconcern with worker plight. Readers have protested loss of good paying jobs to low-wage countries such as India, China and other Asian countries. I’d like to propose a way to completely eliminate […]

Chief backs unlimited shopping by reservists

By Tom Philpott The director of the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) says he supports a House-passed initiative to give drilling reservists and National Guard personnel unlimited shopping privileges in military grocery stores. “They are delivering war-fighting capability just as well and as often as active-duty counterparts and should be compensated as first-team members, including from […]

Dollar Tree store headed to Clovis

By Gary Mitchell The nation’s largest $1 discount variety store chain will make its debut in the Clovis area by the end of the summer, local officials say. Dollar Tree Stores Inc. is renovating the former Heilig-Meyers building on North Prince Street, said Clovis developer Bill Giese. “They’re remodeling that building right now,” he said. […]

Reader shares history of Jackman’s store

The editor of this paper passed on an e-mail from Mykell Jackman Brewer of Fairfax, Va. She wrote to tell me two things: First, as far back as anyone today can remember, Jackman’s was in business at 310 and then 312 Main and it was her grandfather, William Thurman Jackson who started Jackman’s Mercantile store […]

Hobby Lobby sets sights on Clovis

By Gary Mitchell Another major chain has selected Clovis for the site of a new store. Hobby Lobby Creative Center officials announced Monday plans to open an arts and crafts retail store in Clovis in the former Kmart. Officials said construction will begin soon and the store will be open by this fall. The seventh […]

Local businesses cited in tobacco sting

By Darrell Todd Maurina Salespeople in eight local businesses — four in Clovis, three in Portales, and one in Elida — face misdemeanor charges and up to a $1,000 fine for selling tobacco last week to a 17-year-old minor working as part of a tobacco sting operation. The businesses face additional administrative penalties from the […]