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Bernalillo’s “mini boom”

—Ty Belknap

Forty new business licenses issued by the Town of Bernalillo bodes well for a town that relies on gross receipts taxes for seventy percent of its operating budget. At the February18 State of the Town meeting, Mayor Jack Torres called the influx of business a “mini boom economically.” Counselor Ronnie Sisneros identified Goodwill Industries, Valero gas station, Pizza 9, Wash Tub Laundromat, and Gate-it Access Systems as examples. Many of the other new licenses were for home-based businesses that also contribute to the economy.

Coming in 2015 are Applebee’s, Chili’s, Church’s Chicken, Little Caesar’s Pizza, six more units in Coronado Apartments, dental offices adjacent to Wal-Mart, and Pacheco Bonding next to the county jail.

In other news from the State of the Town meeting, the Labor Day wine festival has been replaced by a beer festival. (An enthusiastic member of the audience suggested changing the Town’s name to “Beernalillo” for the festival weekend.) Other members of the audience shared the council’s celebration of economic development. One speaker suggested that the town provide “Buy Bernalillo” bumper stickers to identify businesses registered with the town. Mayor Torres agreed that residents should be aware that some gas stations and convenience stores on Camino del Pueblo and US 550 are run by the tribes and do not contribute gross receipts taxes to the town. There is also no clear demarcation between Rio Rancho—which has a buy Rio Rancho campaign—and Bernalillo businesses on the edge of town.

Rich Kilburg, comfortable in his new Del Pueblo Power Equipment, Inc. location in the former TaGrMo hardware store on Main Street in Bernalillo. Photo credit: —Ty Belknap

Bernalillo businesses move to Main Street

Signpost Staff

When Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar took over the property on the southeast corner of Camino del Pueblo and US 550, two long-time neighborhood businesses had to move. Del Pueblo Power Equipment Inc. will now celebrate its twenty-fifth year at its new location across from the Range Café at 952 South Camino del Pueblo, former home of TaGrMo Hardware. Al’s Home Appliance Center, doing business as Al’s Maytag for most of its twenty-eight years is moving to 866 South Camino del Pueblo next to Lilo’s Barber Shop.

Al’s Appliance specializes in the repair and sales of most brands of refrigerator, washers, dryers, and dishwashers. Their new location will have a more approachable storefront with a showroom, office space, work area, and storage in the yard out back. For more information, call 867-3842.

Del Pueblo Power takes over the space in the historic building, owned by Joe Torres next door at T & T Supermart, that was left vacant for several months when the Abouslemans retired TaGrMo. Owner Rich Kilburg said that he now has more than enough space to expand his inventory and display area, while still having plenty of room for work areas and storage in the back. Del Pueblo’s seventeen-year U-Haul franchise will now provide moving supplies and has room for trucks and trailers in the adjoining parking lot.

Kilburg said that his store is competitive with the big box stores in sales of chainsaws and other power equipment. He has been a distributer for industry-leading Stihl and DR Power Equipment for most of twenty-five years. Del Pueblo also provides service and repair on most brands of power tools. For more information, call 867-2898.

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