Video stores surviving

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Kevin Wilson Here lies the mom and pop video store. The eulogy’s been written numerous times, whether it was the conversion to DVD, the video rental kiosk, national movie rental chains or the little red Netflix envelopes. Yet there lies Talico Video and Book Exchange in Clovis, with a new coat of paint on the […]

Military mama: Holiday shopping with you in mind

The holidays make me acutely aware of all the special people in my life, even those that have moved to other bases or are back in my hometown. All of those mental associations that are normally tucked nicely in my subconscious spill over as I scour the aisles for presents. When I shop, I hunt. […]

Stores aim to stock locally-grown produce

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Kevin Wilson Stores are going local, and searching for those who are growing local. Wal-Mart recently announced plans to double its sales of fresh produce from local farms in U.S. stores over the next five years, bringing the total to 9 percent by 2015. The amount is higher than some area merchants, but still trails […]

Shoppers hit stores after holiday

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Business was brisk the day after Christmas for many local stores with shoppers making exchanges and taking advantage of special sales. Joe’s Boot Shop owner Joe Rhodes said business was busy Saturday from the time he opened the front door. “People have done a lot of exchanges,” Rhodes said. […]

Stores prepare for busy, safe Black Friday

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Mike Hall has worked a lot of Black Fridays, but he doesn’t really consider the day to be that dark. “The worst part is thinking about it coming, but once it gets here, it’s fun,” said Hall, store manager for Wal-Mart in Portales. “You get to do a lot […]

Wal-Mart makes donation of food

Freedom New Mexico Wal-Mart stores in Portales and Clovis have been participating in a program that supplies fresh food to Roadrunner Food Bank of New Mexico. The food donated from the stores is distributed by Roadrunner to food banks around the state, said Wal-Mart spokeswoman Jina Michael. In its five months of operating, the program […]

Business feature: Golf game leads to shop purchase

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer In August 2006, Joann Rackler bought Do Drop In. She opened the doors one month later. Rackler buys her produce from area stores. She said she’s always wanted to have a restaurant. Her story: Rackler’s husband was playing in a golf tournament with one of the former owners of […]

Little effect from food labeling

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Almost two months into the use of country of origin labeling for a variety of raw foods, producers and stores are seeing small effects. March 16, federally mandated rules went into effect to require that numerous foods must be labeled with country of origin. Included on the list are […]

March 14, 1964

A petition was in circulation around Portales for a local option election on legalizing package stores in Roosevelt County. Haskel Doyle, one of the coordinators of the petition, hoped to have enough signatures to be able to have the option included in the upcoming city election on April 7. If they were unable to obtain […]

Nov. 24, 1970

Burt Ward, of “Robin” fame from the Batman television series, was to visit the Allsups stores on Second Street and on Chicago Avenue to

Retail stores see mixed effects from financial crisis

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico 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 sale. Dayhoff attributes an increase in work boot sales to contractors working at […]

It’s Their Job: Hot Threads

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PNT Correspondent: Chris Romero Name: Debbie Christiansen Job: Owner of Hot Threads. Background: Debbie Christiansen is from Lake Havasu City, Ariz. and has managed Chevron employees at convenience stores, worked in retail and grocery stores, and managed a copy office for the last seven years where printers, computers, copy machines were serviced. A future goal

Stores tickled black

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Electronics Boutique Games sold out of video game consoles within five minutes of opening on Black Friday, according to Store Manager Bill O’Shea. Located at North Plains Mall, the video game store along with other stores at the mall opened at about 6 a.m. Friday. Some Clovis retail store […]

June 14, 1974

• Portales received .14 of an inch of rain during a nighttime storm. • Ten girls from the Floyd and Bethel Baptist Churches were preparing to leave to attend Inlow Baptist Youth Camp, near Albuquerque. • Poyner’s White Stores, Inc. advertised an Air Conditioner Service Special for $7.88.

Local grocery closes doors

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales has one less grocery store after La Tienda in the Sands Shopping Center closed its doors earlier this month. Russell’s Super Save has purchased the inventory and fixtures from La Tienda’s parent company, Dale’s Venture Foods of Denver City, Texas, and will absorb the inventory into its store […]

‘Nativity’ reminder that Christmas requires work

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT staff writer Seeing “The Nativity” movie this busy holiday season really helps put this whole Christmas thing into perspective. The greatest story every told didn’t happen in a Hallmark card setting. There was cow poop and all. My daughter Laura and I went to see “The Nativity” last weekend and I […]

Black in action

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By Tonya Fennell and Ashley Lee: Freedom Newspapers Blanche Bentley was up with the sun Friday morning in search of the perfect Christmas present. The 62-year-old Clovis resident was among the hundreds to hit the stores early to take advantage of one of the biggest shopping days of the year. Black Friday gets its name […]

Civilian now director of commisaries

By Tom Philpott: Guest Columist 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, […]

Gas war rages on North Prince Street in Clovis

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers The real winner in a price war between two Clovis gas stations is the consumer. Regular unleaded gasoline at Town and Country and Allsup’s convenience stores on North Prince Street was priced at $2.29 per gallon Tuesday afternoon, which is 52¢ below the city average and more than 70¢ below […]

The battle for your buck

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The lure of easy money is a temptation for some Airmen who then find themselves spiraling further into debt. Janet Taylor-Birkey Easy money often lures Airmen down road to financial nightmares (Editor’s note: This is the first of a three-part series about Airmen and their money) Signing on the dotted line can take on a […]