Craft store to close doors

CNJ Staff Ben Franklin Crafts in Hilltop Plaza Shopping Center is closing, according store owner Jerry Hailey. Hailey would not a give a time frame for the closing of the store. Hailey said he decided to close the store because his lease is expiring and business has been slow in recent years. For 17 years, […]

Railroad changed early-day Portales valley

By Don McAlavy: Local Columnist This is part of a story written by Rose White, an unofficial, but unanimously recognized historian of Roosevelt County. She takes us back to the cowboy and nester days. She wrote: “The ranchers who moved into the pre-Portales area found that they and their cowboys were the only settlers nearer […]

City sees spike in robberies

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer In recent months there has been a spike in robberies in Clovis, bringing the number of cases for the year so far, with more than three months remaining, to about the same as the total for 2005, according to police. Summer months have brought on the majority of the […]

Career grocer takes reins of commissary

By Tom Philpott: Military Update After 140 years, the tradition of a career military officer being in charge of commissary stores, and how groceries are stocked and sold on base, is over. Patrick B. Nixon, a career grocer and a senior civilian executive of the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) since its formation 15 years ago, […]

Fueling frenzy hits Clovis

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CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisleDale Bone of Bard fills his vehicle at Allsup’s on North Prince Street. Bone waited in line for 30 minutes Tuesday to purchase gasoline at $2.29 per gallon. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer The real winner in a price war between two Clovis gas stations is the consumer. Regular unleaded […]

Business Briefs 7/11

Big O Tires holds lemonade fundraiser The Big O Tires store on East First Street is joining more than 540 other Big O Tires stores in 21 states to help raise funds for pediatric cancer, according to a news release from the company. The stores are holding lemonade stands through Saturday in their customer service […]

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 […]

Police search for possible female robber

CNJ staff Clovis Police are looking for a female suspect they believe robbed three city convenience stores in the space of two hours early Saturday morning, according to a press release from Clovis Police. The suspect is described as a female standing between 5 feet and 5 feet, 3 inches, and weighing about 120 pounds […]

Cuts won’t affect Clovis grocery store

CNJ Staff Albertson’s grocery store on Prince Street survived a cut list of 100 stores expected to be closed by its new owner, according to the store’s manager. Bill Bargman expressed optimism about the change in ownership. “We see better things to come for our customers,” said Bargman, who has managed the store for 12 […]

Dixie Guylene Hammit

Dixie Guylene Hammit, 71, of Midland, Texas, died Thursday, Feb. 9, 2006, in Midland, Texas. She was born March 19, 1934, in Arch, to Alma and Guy Sanders. She graduated from Portales High School in 1952. She married Truman Hammit on Jan. 1, 1954. She was employed for a number of years at the American […]

Big business destroying Mom and Pop

By Leonard Pitts Jr. I don’t expect you to shed any tears because Aron’s is gone. Unless you grew up in L.A. as I did, you’ve probably never even heard of it. Aron’s was this used record and CD store that I discovered 30 years ago. It was a quirky place, an audiophile heaven where […]

1/17 Business Digest

Scholarships still available The deadline to submit an application for the Foundation for Rural Service College Scholarship is Feb. 3. Applications are available at area high schools, ENMR Plateau retail locations, at www.enmr.com or by calling 1-800-432-2369. Applicants for the scholarship program must meet the following criteria: • Be a graduating high school senior. • […]

Retailers: Returns, exchanges ordinary for season

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The Master’s book-store owner Tammy Garner, right, helps Tammy Jacobs of Melrose exchange a Bible on Monday at the book store in Clovis. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Stores were bogged down Monday with returns and exchanges of gifts gone awry, as anticipated by those in the retail industry. The […]

Small conveniences not always convenient

By Helena Rodriguez: Local Columnist Once in awhile, OK more like often, I get on a soap box and take note of things that really annoy me. Then I see a pattern emerging and presto … I A) Realize I have better things to do and move on or B) Ignore my conscience and write […]

Tax holiday helps large retailers

By Helen Rodriguez: Freedom Newsapers Many large retail stores in the Clovis-Portales area reported doubling their back-to-school sales during the state’s first tax-free holiday. Meanwhile, mostly smaller stores reported little to no impact. “This is the first year that we got to actually participate in the tax-free weekend in the Portales store so we had […]

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 […]

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. […]

7/19 Business Digest

Local Domino’s owner wins award Brian Bailey, owner of seven Domino’s Pizza stores in and around Clovis, was awarded the Domino’s Pizza Gold Franny Award for operation excellence at the company’s Worldwide Rally in Orlando. His stores are in Clovis, Hobbs, Carlsbad, Artesia, Alamogordo and Roswell. The Gold Franny award is the most prestigious honor […]

Big Lots coming to Clovis

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Big Lots will lease part of the former Furr’s supermarket building on 21st Street, company officials said. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) CNJ staff A national closeout retailer confirmed Thursday the company plans to open a store in Clovis before the end of the year. Big Lots, a Fortune 500 company that deals in closeouts and […]

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, […]