Restaurant’s chili sauce featured in recipe

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer Praise in New Mexico Magazine has set the market on fire for a green chili sauce a Portales family created and sells, and Sunland Inc. peanut products shine through similar “earned publicity.” In the August issue of New Mexico Magazine, the green chili sauce produced by El Rancho Restaurant […]

Retailers expect big crowds for tax-free holiday

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico San Skinner and his family have gotten used to the routine of business in the 85 years since his grandfather opened the doors of Skinner’s Western Wear in Portales. The New Mexico tax-free holiday, which will be held statewide Friday through Sunday, has become one more routine. The tax-free […]

Pizza chain expanding to Portales

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The story is getting a little cheesy, but that’s only because of the pizza. A Papa Murphy’s take-and-bake pizza store is on its way to Portales. The White family, owners of the Clovis Papa Murphy’s, plans to open a second store here within weeks, probably in mid-August, said Adrian […]

Business feature: Business seeks to ease selling process

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Boysetta Beggs and her daughter Kyleen Willis have added a little flair to the Portales Square with Crafty Creations. The crafts store is a place where people can rent a booth and sell their creations. People don’t have to worry about being there to sell their items because Willis and Beggs do that for them. […]

Economy pressuring business promotions to recruit, keep customers

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Whether it’s assurance at the pump, assurance in the laundry room or a few bucks to pad the wallet, businesses are doing what they can to bring in new customers and retain the old ones in a difficult economy. Count First Community Bank among those, with a plastic 5-by-7 […]

Business feature: Couple expanded laundry service from dairy clothes to uniforms and civilian clothing

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Valentine Linen has been operating for over 2 years in Portales. Shannon and Ken Valentine started out cleaning dairy clothes for their other business, Udderly Clean. Shannon said Ken used to work for Dairy Concepts. She started washing his uniforms at home. “That was really what Valentine Linen service […]

Store hosting grand opening

PNT Staff Report Dollar General store at 1015 W. Second St. has scheduled a promotional grand opening for Saturday and Sunday. The store has been open since May 26, about two months after the Dollar General location on Avenue C was destroyed by fire.

Tower Twin Theater closing

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer It’s curtains today for the Tower Twin Theatre. After years of entertaining Portales residents, the city’s only movie theater is closing its doors due to cooling troubles. Russell Allen, vice president of operations for Allen Theatres and Tower owner, said the air conditioning system just stopped working. “Replacement cost […]

Business feature: Sandwich shop family effort

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Adolph Cordova and his family have owned The Bird’s Nest for 19 months, and things have been busy for the sandwich shop. Cordova said he likes being around people, and that’s why he loves the restaurant business. Cordova worked in construction before he had knee surgery. He got into […]

Business feature: Auto parts store joins community

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer O’Reilly Auto Parts is a new addition to the Portales community. O’Reilly opened April 10. Store Manager Jack Maloney has been with O’Reilly for six months, but he has worked in automotive parts for more than five years. The store has auto parts for any make or model. They […]