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 […]

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 […]