Last-minute shoppers keep merchants busy

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson From left, Chris Grah, Taylor Austin and Roger Grah move a piano to deliver to a customer in time for Christmas delivery from Penny Lane Saturday. Store owner Pat Grah said business had been good over the week leading up to Christmas. Kevin Wilson ’Twas the day before Christmas, and […]

Local businesses, shoppers preparing for Black Friday

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Sharna Johnson Local merchants are already a step ahead of Thanksgiving, preparing for “Black Friday,” the traditional kickoff for the holiday shopping rush. At Triangle Ace Home Center, General Manager Randy Petty said the store will open an hour early at 7 a.m. and offer a promotional sale Friday. Bracing for the day, Petty said […]

Post-holiday sales, exchanges brisk

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank Lee Conder of Ozona, Texas looks over boots Saturday at Joe’s Boot Shop in Clovis.Conder was one of hundreds of shopper who hits stores the day after Christmas to take advantage of sales or exchange gifts. By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Business was brisk the day after Christmas for […]

Local shoppers boost business at the mall

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Connie Marquez of Lovington works on finishing her Christmas shopping Tuesday at North Plains Mall. Marquez said she was happy for the chance to travel to Clovis so she could get to the mall before the holiday. By Jenna DeWitt: CNJ staff writer If shopping at North Plains Mall is […]

Holiday shoppers should hit up local stores for gifts

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist There seems to be no end of marketing approaches in the attempt to “sell” Christmas. In fact, I suppose it’s a well known reality that many of our favorite holiday traditions had their genesis in the brainstorming rooms of Madison Avenue marketing corporations. Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer and the Macy […]

AAFES aims to be military shoppers’ first choice for the holidays

American Forces Press Service DALLAS — Promotions, prizes and popular name brands will anchor the efforts of Army & Air Force Exchange Service officials to invite military families to “rediscover the value” their exchange is offering this holiday season. Exclusive savings on holiday decorations, care package items and electronics will be cycling in and out […]

Scrambling season

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Vickie McCormick of Clovis does some Saturday shopping at Wal-Mart. McCormick said after Wal-Mart, she was headed to the North Plains Mall. McCormick said she is usually done shopping for Christmas very early. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Shopper Jim Zaikowski scoured the shelves of downtown stores Saturday, searching for […]

Shopper stories

Freedom Newspapers Some shoppers got everything they wanted in a matter of minutes. Others fought through crowds to discover their targeted items were sold out. We talked with a few shoppers on their Black Friday experiences in eastern New Mexico. Ashly Baccas, shopping in the afternoon with family, said she has never done the early […]

Arts & Crafts Fair takes place this weekend

By CNJ Staff Area residents can wrap up their holiday shopping all under one roof during this weekend’s Arts & Crafts Fair. The event, which is sponsored by the Clovis News Journal, will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Clovis Civic Center. Admission […]

Believe it, loitering is a skill

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist Today, in our continuing series “What Makes Guys Tick,” we explore the question: How can husbands kill time in stores while their wives shop? This is a tough one, because in the first place, if a guy has the brains of zucchini, he will never accompany his wife on a […]

Last-minute shoppers scramble to buy gifts

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Shameka Patton, left, and her sister Tchicaya Williams shop Saturday at Bath & Body Works in the North Plains Mall. They were Christmas shopping for last-minute gifts for other sisters who will be in town for Christmas. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The aisles of Wal-Mart were filled, some so […]

Impulse shopping often results in regrets

Clyde Davis: Local Columnist There is still plenty of time left for even thoughtful shoppers to find the right holiday presents, and with that in mind, space in this column next week will be devoted to that reality. In keeping with the mad rush of after Thanksgiving shoppers, we are going to focus this week […]

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 […]

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, […]