Gas station planned for former Village Inn site

A Murphy USA service station will replace the long-vacant Village Inn building that recently was demolished near the parking lot entrance to Walmart at Cerrillos Road and Camino Consuelo.

A Murphy USA sign on a fence around the property indicates a summer opening for the gasoline station and convenience store. Murphy USA did not respond to calls for comment.

El Dorado, Ark.-based Murphy USA has more than 1,470 Murphy USA stations in 26 states and 240 Murphy Express stores. There is a Murphy Express station on the southwest side of Santa Fe at 5301 Las Soleras Drive, with other Murphy Express locations in Albuquerque, Los Lunas, Española, Las Vegas, Roswell, Hobbs, Carlsbad and Las Cruces.

Murphy USA is synonymous with Walmart, as the majority of those stations are near Walmart stores. The Murphy Express brand is a newer variation of stand-alone stations not associated with Walmart.

The service station will replace the green mansard-roofed structure that had been vacant for more than six years after Village Inn closed in January 2013. Village Inn had been at the Cerrillos and Camino Consuelo location for 20 years.

Tierra Amarilla butcher shop gets state grant

A Rio Arriba County family received a $75,000 state economic development grant Wednesday to subsidize construction of a butcher shop and meat processing facility in Tierra Amarilla, 92 miles northwest of Santa Fe.

Anthony Casados and his son, Tommy Casados, established C4 Enterprises Inc. in 2013 as a feed and farm supply store in Chama. The extended Casados family also leases and owns neighboring ranches in Tierra Amarilla.

The state funding comes from the New Mexico Economic Development Department’s Local Economic Development Act, which promotes job creation in rural and underserved areas.

C4 expects to hire eight full-time employees by 2023, according to a news release.

The family expects to invest $400,000 into the butcher shop, which will enable the business to process its own meat products from its ranch rather than send it to Colorado for processing.

“Our goal is to someday be on the plate of almost every New Mexican who wants real grass-fed beef raised right here in New Mexico,” Tommy Casados said in a release. “We want to deliver directly to the consumer.”

State tech transfer assistance available

State grant money is available to entrepreneurs interested in licensing technologies developed at New Mexico’s universities.

The New Mexico Economic Development Department is offering to pay 75 percent of licensing fees to transfer technology to a private sector company for commercialization. Optioning a university technology license often ranges from $4,000 to $5,000, according to a news release.

The New Mexico Technology Transfer Assistance Grants target entrepreneurs as well as university faculty who want to commercialize their own research, department spokesman Bruce Krasnow said.

Grant applicants must have a New Mexico business and can receive only one grant per year. Up to 10 grants will be available the first year.

Applications will be accepted starting July 1 and will be evaluated on the commercial feasibility of the project and other potential factors of success.

For information, contact the Myrriah Tomar, director of the Economic Development Department’s Office of Science and Technology, at 505-827-0222 or email myrriah.tomar@state.nm.us.

The New Mexican