Day-after dealing

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Tammie Trotter of Clovis stands in line at Wal-Mart to return gifts Tuesday afternoon. Trotter said that the process to return items was quick. Merchants reported a busy day with returns and sales. (CNJ Staff Photo: Tony Bullocks) By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer A rapidly filling parking lot and moderately long lines awaited shoppers […]

Little-used theater closed

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Many Clovis residents may not have realized that the Hilltop Twin movie theater recently closed. But that, in essence, was precisely the problem for the old duplex, which stopped showing flicks June 28. The Hilltop Twin was operated by Las Cruces-based Allen Theaters, which also operates the seven-screen complex at […]

Holiday shopping business slightly off

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Clint and Debbie Anding of Monroe, La., browse the booths Friday at Cydney’s Main Street Antiques.owntown Clovis. The Andings are were visiting family in Portales. (Staff photo: Erick Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The parking lot at North Plains Mall was nowhere near filled to capacity Friday. Inside, the mall was sparsely populated […]

8/28 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Police responded to a report of a fight in progress Aug. 2, at a bar in the 700 block of Prince Street. On arrival they observed a man lying on the ground. The subject was transported to Plains Regional Medical Center. Witnesses […]

New China Star on its way

By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent When his restaurant went up in flames on July 18, 2004, Harry Wang was sadly there for the end of an era. The Main Street restaurant was the first in a chain of China Stars that eventually sprouted in Amarillo, Lubbock, Roswell and Albuquerque. At the urging of former customers […]

Reaction mixed on effect of state’s first tax-free holiday

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Johnny Pacheco and his wife Kristen Pacheco, both of Portales, walk through the North Plains Mall as the two shop Saturday in Clovis. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Wearing the company’s trademark black-and-white striped shirt and surrounded by name brand athletic gear, Foot Locker manager Ken Walker outlined his own […]

Statewide tax-free event targets back-to-school shoppers.

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Jenny Railsback helps her son Michael try on a shoe Monday at Randy’s Shoes as her daughter Brittany (right) and employee Lindsay Lease (left) watch. CNJ staff photo: Andrew Chavez By Tonya Garner: CNJ Staff Writer The rest of the state is finally catching up to Clovis when it comes to back-to-school shopping. New Mexico […]

BRAC hearing ticket distribution set for today

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The phones at North Plains Mall have been ringing constantly, property manager Cindy Banister said. In the past week, Banister said she has fielded anywhere from 50 to 100 calls — all inquiries concerning the approaching Base Realignment and Closure regional hearing. At the North Plains Mall, in the […]

2/23 Business Digest

Blockbuster in Clovis shuts down The Blockbuster video store on North Prince Street shut down about two weeks ago, said Cindy Banister, North Plains Mall manager. She said they moved out because they just weren’t productive in Clovis. “We’re looking to get a restaurant in that building,” she said. She added while many prospective renters […]

Holiday shopping strong in area

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Shoppers crowd the aisles early Saturday morning at Sears in the North Plains Mall. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer Tillie Archuleta, 72, finished her Christmas shopping Saturday, stopping at Wal-Mart and North Plains Mall. By Dec. 10, Archuleta said she will have the gifts in the mail to her family […]

Business continues to grow in Clovis

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IHOP officials are hoping the restaurant being built on North Prince Street will be open by the first week of November. The national restaurant chain is expected to employee 40-50 workers. (Staff photo by Tova Fruchtman) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer While one national retailer is set to move out of town, several others […]

Back to school means trip to mall

By Helena Rodriguez With less than two weeks before area school bells ring, shoppers crowded retail outlets this weekend for back-to-school supplies and clothes. Although New Mexico did not have a statewide tax-free weekend like neighboring Texas, many Clovis retailers held their own tax-free days, offering discounts and specials to keep people at home. School […]

Mall theater adding screens

By Glen Seeber: CNJ staff writer Black plastic covered the fronts of two businesses in North Plains Mall Monday — L.A. Subs and C.N. Express — leaving employees and shoppers no option but to seek food elsewhere. The closings are temporary, according to Cindy Banister, property manager for North Plains Mall. But not so temporary […]

Business Digest 4/20

Chamber seeks development grant Clovis-Curry County Chamber officials hope to land a grant that will allow them to open a business incubator to help grow local businesses, directors learned at their monthly meeting Wednesday. Chase Gentry, executive director of the Clovis Industrial Development Corp., said the chamber has been allocated $275,000 from the state legislature, […]

Walkin’ … Just for the health of it

Michelle Seeber Mall walkers find the early-morning shelter of North Plains Mall ideal for all-weather exercise. Can walking help you live longer? Winnie Moore, 93, of Clovis, says it can. She “faithfully” walks five days a week at North Plains Mall to maintain low cholesterol and a healthy heart. She said she started walking at […]

Police Blotter 1/8

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Police responded about 2:50 p.m. Friday to the 900 block of North Pile where a couple were arguing over their wedding rings. The husband said the wife tried to throw his wedding ring away. The wife said her husband had not been […]

Taco Box closes its mall location; others still open

By Jack King Tom Martin, owner of the Taco Box restaurants, said the company closed its site in North Plains Mall on Sunday because it was unable to reach an agreement on the extension of its lease with mall owner General Growth Properties. Martin said the North Plains Mall Taco Box had 13 employees, some […]

Theater manager looking for patrols

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Abby Parrish, manager of Allen Theaters, said groups of young people tend to gather at the mall and North Plains Cinema 4 and take part in fights, vandalism, flashing gang signs and robbery. By Jack King Fights, vandalism, flashing gang signs and robbery — it’s all just a day at the mall for some Clovis […]

Business digest 11/11

Mall outfitter gives gifts for a cause Maurices in North Plains Mall is selling a holiday ornament and donating the proceeds to charity. Tina Kruse, Maurices Clovis store manager, said the store will donate its proceeds to the Lighthouse Mission. Maurices 420 stores across the nation choose community organizations to which it donates the ornament’s […]

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 […]