Here are a few updates on the Albertsons situation, as of Friday morning:
- Numerous elected officials and community members have reached out to all levels of the state to express their concerns over the extreme risk presented by the closure of the Carlsbad Albertsons store for two weeks. (The Albertsons in Roswell and Hobbs and the Sam’s Club in Roswell have also been closed until Dec. 2 due to having four or more COVID “Rapid Responses” over a two-week period.)
We have been informed that there are a number of high-level discussions going on between the state and Albertsons and remain hopeful that a resolution can be worked out.
- Many residents have expressed concerns about food going to waste. We’ve received an update that Albertsons donated a large amount of produce and baked goods to “Scotty’s Pantry” and other local charities. Thank you to Albertsons and we’re glad to see this food being put to good use.
- The Albertsons pharmacy remains open for limited hours. Please call the pharmacy at (575) 887-5085 to schedule a time for pickup or delivery.
- La Tienda and Walmart have recently both made public statements indicating that they are remaining open. Despite rumors circulating around town, neither grocery store is currently listed on the New Mexico Environment Department’s “watch list.” La Tienda recently stated that they are again dedicating 6-8 a.m. every morning as a time for seniors to shop.
The COVID shutdowns have recently resulted in another Carlsbad business making the sad decision to close its doors for good. The Snack Shack, located in the Carlsbad Mall, has declared that it is going out of business after serving the community for the past 20 years. The business is doing curbside sales and door dash of its popcorn tins and other items until Nov. 25. Our heart goes out to this and numerous other devastated local businesses.
Ending with some positive news, the Southeast New Mexico Community Action Corporation has continually provided meals to our seniors throughout the COVID outbreak. Some seniors pick up their food every day at the San Jose Senior Center, while others receive home delivery. The staff at the San Jose Senior Center and United Way volunteers recently assisted with preparing a special Thanksgiving meal on Nov. 19. We are told that 256 meals were served. Thank you to everyone involved.
Additionally, a new program is being made available to 8th graders at Carlsbad Municipal Schools, thanks to a $50,000 grant from XTO Energy. According to a press release, the “Wild Friends” program has now been expanded to Southeast New Mexico and will allow students to learn more about wildlife conservation issues and civics. Thank you to XTO for this and many other recent donations to the community.
Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway