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 […]

Promising robbery leads developed

Local Roundup Investigators have some promising leads in last month’s robbery of a Clovis bank, according to a Federal Bureau of Investigation official. Federal agents continue to work closely with Clovis police to solve the case, FBI agent Bill Elwell said Tuesday. A branch of New Mexico Bank & Trust located in the Hilltop Plaza […]

Holiday not too taxing

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CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisleSandi St. Clair, a house parent for the New Mexico Baptist Children’s Home in Portales, carries clothing for, left to right, Dian, 11, Julienne, 14 and India, 5 while shopping Friday at J.C. Penney. By Tonya Fennell: CNJ Staff Writer Editors note: Freedom Newspapers has agreed not to publish the last […]

Witness: Robber was calm

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer The man who robbed a Clovis bank on Friday morning calmly walked out after leaving what he claimed was a bomb on the counter, according to a witness who asked not to be identified. The device was later determined to be nonexplosive, officials said. The witness, whose identity is […]

Robber hits Clovis bank

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Air Force personnel joined local law enforcement responding to Friday morning’s bank robbery at New Mexico Bank & Trust. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer A device a man used to rob a Clovis bank on Friday was not a bomb as he claimed, police said. Cannon Air Force Base […]

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 […]

Smaller stores see influx of holiday traffic

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Alicia Weed, left, and Millie Weed of Clovis browsed the gourmet items Saturday at Lizzie’s Menagerie. (Staff photo: Tonya Garner) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Many local people chose to avoid the “mega-stores” and head downtown to the smaller, specialty shops Clovis has to offer. Main Street was bustling with activity Saturday afternoon as […]

Shoppers hit stores early

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Monica Vigil and her uncle, Leroy Cordova, shop for bargains Friday at Wal-Mart. (CNJ correspondent: Martha Richardson) By Helen Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers The early bird gets the laptop. That’s the lesson Kelah Sephus learned as she and many others lined up at the Clovis Super Wal-Mart on Black Friday hoping to get one of a […]

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 […]

Pets bring wild world into living room

By Grant McGee The Lady of the House has returned from spring break in the Florida Panhandle. She came back with tales of shopping, finding Roosevelt County Valencia peanuts on sale in the Sunshine State, shopping, all the rain, shopping, the beaches, shopping, eating lots of seafood, shopping, visiting her family and shopping. She also […]

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 […]

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 […]

Back-to-school shoppers get tax relief

BY Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent For the sixth straight year, Texas businesses will be offering clothing items tax-free this weekend in the hopes of luring shoppers just outside the state border. The tax-free weekend begins at 12:01 a.m. Friday and ends late Sunday evening, near midnight. The timing of the event is especially meant to […]

Discount stores dot west side

By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent While most of the attention in a recent wave of Clovis business expansion has gone to the development in the north part of town, a quieter pair of retail openings is changing the way some west-siders go about their shopping. Since the Gibson’s Discount Store on 21st St. closed in […]

Quiznos and new Leal’s are planned

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Clovis continues to add businesses. The owner of Leal’s Mexican Restaurant on Tuesday committed to adding a second restaurant in the city. Also, remodeling to a Prince Street building is underway for national crafts chain Hancock Fabrics and city officials said plans are set for a new shopping center […]

Suspected shoplifter corralled

By Darrell Todd Maurina A half-dozen qick-thinking young employees from the unloading dock corralled a razor-wielding man with shopping carts late Thursday night at Wal-Mart, kept him from injuring customers, and finally forced his surrender shortly before police arrived. “I’ve been in Wal-Mart for 12 years and I’ve never run into a shoplifter with a […]

Christmas overcomes Scroogey feelings

Helena Rodriguez I was feeling a little Scroogey just before Thanksgiving and had an if-I-can-only-get-through-the-holidays attitude. But the day after Thanksgiving, I got a burst of energy and decided to put up the Christmas tree. Once we started, my dad, who was also determined to be a Scrooge, was inspired, too. He took to the […]

Ho-ho-holiday shopping takes off

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Virginia Garcia, center, compares two Bratz dolls with her son Thomas, 14, while she shops for her grandchildren Friday morning at K B toys in the North Plains Mall. Vickie Winters, left, also shops for Bratz dolls. CNJ photo: Eric Kluth By Darrell Todd Maurina Large business or small, locally-owned or chain-managed, newly-opened or a […]

Buy, bye bucks

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Cathy Gowing arranges newly arrived Poinsettias on Wednesday at United Supermarkets in Muleshoe. A general merchandise manager, Gowing said the store receives shipments of the traditional holiday plant about once a week. CNJ staff photo: Rick White. By Darrell Todd Maurina Personnel at several of Clovis stores said they are ready for the expected post-Thanksgiving […]