Black Friday doesn’t sound all that festive

By Karl Terry: Local columnist Black Friday. In recent years, it’s come to mean the Friday after Thanksgiving. But the name itself seems pretty negative to me. With a wife who spent a good deal of her professional career in a family retail business I know full well how important the Christmas season is to […]

Nov. 14, 2006 Business Digest

Paint store making move to Prince St. Sherwin-Williams is moving its retail paint store from downtown Clovis to North Prince Street, according to store manager Rusty Baker. Baker said the new store will have 5,000 square feet of space, 25 percent more than the 1201 North Main St. location. Assistant Manager Jeff Huddleston said the […]

Drug lobby, White House resist TRICARE rebates

By Tom Philpott: Military Update As the Justice Department prepares to battle drug manufacturers in court to win what U.S. lawyers say are long overdue price rebates for the TRICARE retail pharmacy network, the White House quietly is pressuring Congress not to pass legislation that would support the cause. Bush administration politicos, in effect, have […]

The Beginning, and the End of Wal-Mart?

By Don McAlavy: Local Columnist Sam Walton was born in Kingfish, Okla., on March 29, 1918. He graduated from the University of Missouri in 1940. From there he began his career by opening the first of several Ben Franklin franchises in Arkansas. Finding that he couldn’t manage these franchises as he thought best, he gave […]

Initiative would improve health benefit

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Every drilling reservist and National Guard member would have access to a military health plan for a reasonable monthly premium under an initiative endorsed last week by the House Armed Services Committee. The improved TRICARE Reserve Select benefit, which senior Defense officials oppose as too expensive, would take effect in […]

Military update: Campaign targets mail-order drug usage

By Tom Phllpott: Last year, only 6 percent of 6.6 million military beneficiaries with prescriptions to fill used the low-cost TRICARE Mail Order Program. By contrast, 51 percent had at least one prescription filled through TRICARE’s more costly retail network. The rising popularity of the retail drug benefit versus near “flat line” usage of mail […]

Some medical benefits moving online

Tom Philpott: Military Update Every month, about 400,000 users of the military’s retail pharmacy network — those who have other health insurance — have to file paper claims with TRICARE to be reimbursed for co-payments and other costs incurred that their primary insurance won’t cover. The paper hassle is about to end, said Navy Cmdr. […]

Wal-Mart makes efforts to sway public opinion

CNJ staff After winning the war for the public’s dollars, Wal-Mart has launched a battle for public opinion. And after years of simply rolling with the punches of those who’ve been warning the retail giant is destroying everything from our neighborhoods to the nation’s economy, it’s about time. In full-page newspaper ads, Wal-Mart President and […]

2003: More business than usual

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Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad began the expansion of its railroad yard in Clovis this year, promising to add at least 80 jobs to the economy. CNJ FILE PHOTO By Jack King By all accounts, 2003 was a banner year for business in Clovis. Officials said commerce across the board grew at a record pace […]

There’s nothing like the day after

Mike Linn Call me a scam artist, if you will. But one of the main reasons I love Christmas is the day-after sale, when I take back all my presents and get two for one. That’s right. The day after Christmas, many stores have 50-percent off sales. So I take back the fancy shirt my […]