Area shoppers will soon have one less place to shop for western wear, gifts and supplies. Main Street landmark Southwest Mercantile is going out of business.
Heather Duba, co-owner with her brother Jason and parents David and Kathy, said the Duba family is beset with health issues. “The store is not closing due to lack of business,” she said. “It’s just time for us to focus on our family’s health.” Duba said the building will be put up for sale.
“We are going to rest. We really don’t know what we are going to do in the future,” she said. “We are taking it one day at a time.”
Jason Duba said he learned much about the retail world in seven years of operating Southwest Mercantile.
“In the beginning we wanted to put in a store that offered things that were not available in Tucumcari,” said Duba. “It’s been a real learning experience. I definitely got some retail knowledge that I wouldn’t have acquired otherwise.”
Kacee Bradley, a local farmer and rancher, frequented Southwest Mercantile during the past seven years.
“It’s a big disappointment to me that they are closing” said Bradley. “The store added more variety and styles at competitive prices. I’ve bought feed, boots and clothing here. I really liked their Carhartt shirts and outer gear.”
The Dubas said they will be closed today and Thursday for inventory but will reopen for a going out of business sale at 8 a.m. Friday.
“We will remain open until all the merchandise is gone,” said Heather Duba. “Closing is a big change, but change is not a bad thing.” Jason Duba said the customers over the years were first class. “We had a lot of good times,” he said. “It was a great place for our family to hang out and work together. We enjoyed getting to know the people of Tucumcari better and we want to thank them for their patronage.”