Local consumers eye electronics

By Tony Parra Editor’s Note: This is the first of three stories on what items have been selling well at Portales businesses for the holiday season. Upcoming stories will focus on jewelry and women’s clothing and toys. Business owners in Portales are enjoying the holiday shopping season and hope to continue to see customers looking […]

Disneys supply to fellow farmers, ranchers

By Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent Editor’s Note: This story is part of an ongoing series about Portales business owners who have been with their respective businesses for five years or more. With Slash-D-Three Livestock and Feed Supply, Dwayne and Sue Disney have owned what they call “the biggest little feed store in Eastern New Mexico” […]

Portales receiving second Dollar General store

By Tony Parra Discount store executives looked at Portales as a market to bring in their stores and in January the second Dollar General store will go up within the last 11 months. The new Dollar General store will be located at 1015 W. 2nd Street by the Movie Gallery video store some time in […]

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 […]

Local business’ building cracks under pressure

PNT Staff The Prestige Carpets building began to break down and Heflin Construction and Portales Fire Department officials responded to the breakdown on Wednesday afternoon. Portales Fire Marshall Mike Running said the department received a call at approximately 2 p.m. and the area was cleared about 15 minutes later. In his first few minutes at […]

Saga will continue … as clothing store

By Tony Parra Mayor Orlando Ortega called the Saga Motel, located on Ave. D near Family Dollar, an “eyesore.” By the end of the year the new owner hopes to change that. Suzi Webb purchased the property where the Saga Motel is located and will begin a new children’s clothing store and hopes to have […]

Grocery store set to open Friday

By Helena Rodriguez When Super Save grocery store opens in the former IGA location at 7 a.m. on Friday, customers will see many familiar faces along with an expanded Mexican food section featuring imported and exported products. The former IGA has been closed for 35 days during a change of ownership. Russell Inc. of Cimarron […]

Shoppers will see changes at Super Save

Tony Parra The building once known as Safeway and more recently as IGA will now be known as Super Save. Tim Russell, who will be the manager of Super Save, said officials from Russell Inc. are trying to complete the purchase of the store from Troy Hinton. Super Save, located at the corner of West […]

Police: Portales man kills himself in Clovis pawn shop

By Darrell Todd Maurina A Portales man killed himself in a Clovis pawn shop on Friday afternoon after he bought a shotgun and ammunition in the store, police said. William H. Windley Jr., 32, went into Beaulieu Brothers Pawn City, where he purchased a shotgun and ammunition of unknown gauge, put the gun to his […]

Updated True Value almost twice as large

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Tony Parra The building used to be Shop n Save, and then it was Furr’s grocery store. Now Max Merrick, owner of True Value Trader Horn, has filled the building off of University Drive and Avenue D with everything from tile to lumber to tool sets fit for weekend mechanics. Merrick relocated True Value on […]

Suggestion selling is a national conspiracy

Helena Rodriguez “Do you want pantyhose with that?” I’m not joking. That’s what a salesperson asked me at a clothing store where I purchased an outfit recently. That store clerk set off just about every nerve in my body. No one knows better than my daughter, Laura, that my biggest pet peeve is suggestion selling. […]

Day-after deals are the best part of Chrsitmas

Mike Linn Call me a scam artist, if you will. But one of the main reasons I love Christmas is the day-after sale, when I take back all my presents and get two for one. That’s right. The day after Christmas, many stores have 50-percent off sales. So I take back the fancy shirt my […]

Toy stores know what’s on kids’ wish lists

Jack King If you’re the parent, relative, or even a close friend of a preteen girl, among the most popular ways to say “Merry Christmas” this year is “Bratz.” The fashion-plate dolls were mentioned most often when Clovis merchants were asked Wednesday which are the hottest-selling toys this year. “Craft kits are also really popular […]

Local stores see high sales during busy weekend

Tony Parra and Darrell Todd Maurina The Christmas shopping rush began bright and early for Portales shoppers and retail stores enjoyed a successful first day of Christmas shopping after Friday’s registers closed. At Wal-Mart $29 DVD players and $180 automobile DVD players sold out within the first half-hour of the start of its sale. “We […]

Area businesses get stocked for the holidays

Freedom Newspapers Freedom Newspapers The days following Thanksgiving are traditionally known for holiday shopping — and area retailers are expecting no different this year. Store owners and retail managers are gearing up for the holiday rush by slashing prices on certain merchandise and having additional personnel on hand to handle the extra flow of customers. […]

Officials help convenience stores follow safety guidlines

Jack King Area convenience store owners say proposed regulations by the state Environment Department aimed at making the stores safer for clerks and customers duplicate what they already do. But an Environment Department official said Monday not all convenience stores follow all the guidelines. The Environment Department announced the proposed regulations Sept. 29 and held […]

Businesses expand, seek local support

Tony Parra Two businesses are depending on the support of the Portales community in their moves to expand from their current locations. Robert’s Television and Appliance is having it’s grand opening on Friday and Saturday in it’s new 20,000 square foot building at 509 South Avenue C, where the old Poynors Home and Auto Inc. […]

Depo reflects on manager term cut short

Mike Linn After 31 years in the field, Gerald Depo says he’s done working in local government. Depo, stripped of his city manager stripes Tuesday by unanimous vote from Portales’ city council, said the field is extremely demanding: The issues are more complex, city council members are more involved and the atmosphere of the profession […]

Two from Moriarity being held on drug charges

Tony Parra Two transients who attempted to steal a gallon of iodine from a local feed store were arrested Wednesday for attempting to manufacture methamphetamine, among other charges. Clorinda Lopez, 23, and Vincent Duran, 30, both from Moriarity, are being held at the Roosevelt County Detention Center. They are charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, […]

Crime Report, June 25

PNT Staff Police arrested four teenagers for drinking beer at the intersection of 17th Street and Avenue I on Saturday. One of the teenagers was arrested immediately for holding a beer can at the time the officer arrived. The other three decided to throw the cans about 20 feet. They were all arrested on charges […]