Feb. 27, 2007 Business Digest

Tools & More makes move to N. Main
Tools & More is moving in the next few weeks from 412 Commerce Way to 1314 N. Main St. just around the bend, according to owner Don Reid.

Reid said he purchased the building at the new location, which will have about the same showroom space but five times more back-room area as the current location, which he had leased.

He has operated the retail store since November 2003, he said, and offers toys, cutting boards and cast-iron cookware as well as tools, including pink tool kits designed for women.

Brooke named as top franchise
Brooke Franchise Corp. has been named the top franchise opportunity in its miscellaneous financial services category by Entrepreneur magazine for the fourth consecutive year, according to a news release from its Portales franchisee.

Brooke Insurance in Portales is a locally owned and operated franchise of Brooke Franchise Corp. Agency owner Todd Pebsworth said Brooke Franchise’s success ultimately enables his agency to bring a higher level of service to its customers, the release reads.

The Portales independent insurance agency offers a variety of coverage options from different insurance and financial service providers.

The data comes from the Franchise 500 survey, according to the release. The survey also named Brooke Franchise Corp. the country’s 17th fastest growing franchise.

Business Digest is compiled by CNJ News Editor Jean Verlich. She may be contacted at 763-6991, or by e-mail: