Number of homes, retailers growing

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Slowly but surely, Portales is on its way to having more family housing, according to the December report for building permits. “We’re actually up in every category this year except roofing,” City Planning Director Sammy Standefer said. “This year, we’re up on single family dwellings slightly.” Standefer said prior to 2008, 25 permits annually for […]

Retailers readying for Black Friday

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Retailers are adding a variety of fresh marketing tactics to existing strategies to better serve shoppers this Black Friday. Jared Zatorski, assistant store manager at Office Max, said in addition to a big push in television, newspaper and online advertising, his store is being specially merchandised to cater to Black Friday traffic. He said the […]

My turn: Christmas not a one-day affair

Helena Rodriguez How long do you leave the Christmas tree up? Some people have already undecked the halls. Some did it the day after Christmas, perhaps even on Christmas day, as soon as gifts were unwrapped. I leave my Christmas tree up until July 4. Not really. However, I believe Christmas is a season, not […]

Retailers report steady sales

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By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico It looks like customers from across the region are taking advantage of New Mexico’s tax-free holiday, keeping local retailers busy Saturday. Stores in Clovis and Portales reported brisk business. Bealls Department Store in Portales saw a steady stream of shoppers. Portales resident Karla Lee bought shoes and school supplies […]

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 […]

Cyber Monday coming

Freedom New Mexico Instead of waking up in the early hours of the morning on Black Friday to fight the mobs, shoppers can take their business online Monday. Retailers, such as Sears and Barnes and Noble, will offer promotions Monday geared toward anyone with a credit or charge card and access to the Internet, according […]

Court’s pricing decision shows good judgement

Editorial It might not sit well with Wal-Mart, Costco and some Internet retailers. But the Supreme Court’s decision last week to reverse a 1911 precedent and allow what is called minimum retail pricing or vertical pricing — or at least not to conclude automatically that such schemes violate antitrust laws — was a welcome sign […]

Area clothing merchants see march of Halloween purchases

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Two decades ago, it was E.T. Last year, it was Spiderman. This year — and almost every year, actually — it’s Darth Vader. Popular characters come and go as Halloween costumes, and local retailers counted on those sales yearly. With about two weeks left before the holiday, experience tells area […]

Anti-meth bill restricting cold medicines advances in Senate

Staff and wire reports WASHINGTON (AP) — 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 […]

Businesses seek temporary help for holidays

By David Irvin With Thanksgiving just a little more than a week away, local businesses and national retailers are beefing up their staffs in preparation for the extra work loads in the coming holiday season. And for those interested in seasonal work, the time to apply is now, local store managers say. The nation’s retailers […]