Retailers readying for Black Friday

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Chickie Enger, owner of Cool Stuff on Main Street, left, discusses Black Friday sales plans with her husband, Geary Enger, right on Monday. The Engers believe their 20 percent off sale could attract more shoppers. Benna Sayyed and Alisa Boswell Retailers are adding a variety of fresh marketing tactics to […]

Beauty supply manufacturer product of merger

By Robin Fornoff: FNM content editor Two companies from opposite ends of the country will become one in Clovis and city leaders were promising Wednesday it will mean hundreds of good paying jobs. The company, Beauty Health and Science Innovations, will make and package cosmetic products; Sunscreen lotions, makeup and creams, liquids and supplements that […]

Business Feature: Retailers say business steady

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CNJ file photo North Plains Mall Manager Cindy Banister said the mall is showing economic gain in spite of the recession. Monday, economists announced the recession is nearing an end. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer While economists are declaring the recession nearly over, many Clovis businesses say they never felt it and the city’s […]

Retailers expect big crowds for tax-free holiday

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Rebecca Lawson of Portales sifts through racks of clothing at The Shoe String in Clovis. Lawson said her family of seven, five of those children, will be out this weekend to take advantage of the tax-free holiday. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer San Skinner and his family have gotten […]

Jesus’ humble beginnings teach us all

Freedom New Mexico It looks as if those who constantly decry the commercialization of Christmas might have finally gotten their wish. Those of us who ventured out for Christmas shopping this year found the crowds strangely thin and the discounts from desperate retailers surprisingly deep. Of course, this cutback in Christmas spending — we won’t […]

Some gun retailers say shortages political

By Chelle Delaney and Thomas Garcia Guns and ammo are getting hard to find in eastern New Mexico. And the folks who sell them say it is largely political. Retailers say there is a definite shortage of some types of guns and ammunition. They think some

Some retailers feel sheltered from economic slowdown

By: Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Randy Dayhoff, who owns Randy’s Shoes on Main Street, said the community’s diverse economic base and population growth from the Cannon Air Force Base expansion is shielding the local economy from a national slump in retail sales. Dayhoff attributes an increase in work boot sales to contractors working at […]

Retailers anticipate busy tax-free weekend

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer High gas prices have local businesses expecting a busy tax-free weekend in Clovis and Portales. New Mexico’s fourth annual three-day gross receipts tax holiday begins today. Many school supplies, computers up to $1,000, clothes and shoes up to $100 will be tax free. A national survey finds the average […]

Retailers’ lottery lawsuit dismissed

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — A judge has dismissed a lawsuit by eastern New Mexico retailers against the New Mexico Lottery, and now the lottery is seeking attorneys’ fees for the cost of defending itself against the complaint. State District Judge Nan G. Nash dismissed the lawsuit on Nov. 29 with prejudice, meaning it cannot […]

Safety important in Cyber Monday online shopping

CNJ staff Instead of waking up in the early hours of the morning on Black Friday to fight the mobs, shoppers can take their business online Monday. Retailers, such as Sears and Barnes and Noble, will offer promotions Monday geared toward anyone with a credit or charge card and access to the Internet, according to […]

Minimum pricing prompts better customer service

By Freedom Newspapers It might not sit well with Wal-Mart, Costco and some Internet retailers. But the Supreme Court’s decision last week to reverse a 1911 precedent and allow what is called minimum retail pricing or vertical pricing — or at least not to conclude automatically that such schemes violate antitrust laws — was a […]

Area clothing merchants see march of Halloween purchases

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Amanda Bohannan, left, and Stephanie Johnson, both of Clovis, look for Halloween costumes Friday at Joy’s Costume in Clovis. The girls were looking at the possibility of being Wilma and Betty from the Flintstones. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Two decades ago, it was E.T. Last year, it was Spiderman. This […]

Meth ordinance up for vote

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer An attempt to crack down on methamphetamine production has begun with the passing of an ordinance limiting the sale of pseudophedrine-based cold and sinus products in Portales and Roosevelt County. Commissioners in Curry County and Clovis will vote on the ordinance proposed by 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler […]

Anti-meth bill advances in Senate

Staff and wire reports WASHINGTON — Sales of cold medicines used to make methamphetamine would be restricted under a bill that cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday after lawmakers forged a compromise protecting state prerogatives. The legislation would require stores to sell Sudafed, Nyquil and other medicines containing pseudoephedrine only from behind the pharmacy counter. […]

Meth program gets state attention

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer While prosecuting a methamphetamine manufacturer in 2002, District Attorney Matthew Chandler heard the words that inspired him to attack the drug head-on. After the Albuquerque man was convicted for manufacturing methamphetamine in a Clovis hotel, the judge asked him why he’d set up shop in Clovis. His response, according […]

New food tax law causes confusion for some retailers

By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer To some, the new tax law that exempts certain food items is simply confusing. For others, the Jan. 1 legislation — prepared food and hot food still carry sales tax while staple items and cold food are exempt — has been a nightmare. “The biggest problem is the retailers’ […]

Alcohol sales ban proposed for DWI offenders

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers New Mexicans convicted of drunken driving could not buy beer, wine, whiskey or other liquor for five years under a proposal by a Republican lawmaker. The measure would require bars, restaurants and other retailers to ask for identification from anyone buying alcohol — regardless of the person’s age. New Mexicans […]

Business feature: Holiday hiring season here

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Dilliard’s employees Amina Fuseini (left) and Lina Jano sort Christmas items Monday night at work. (Staff photo: Mike Linn) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer With Thanksgiving just a little more than a week away, local businesses and national retailers are beefing up their staffs in preparation for the extra work loads in the coming […]