Small town seeks big business on survey

LOS LUNAS (KRQE) – The population is booming and now some people in the metro wants business to boom in Los Lunas, and they’re asking residents to fill out a survey to try and lure in big-name restaurants, shops and supermarkets.

Ask people who live in and around Los Lunas about their options for shopping and eating out, and you will quickly learn many are ready to see more big business in their town.

Village Economic Development Manager Ralph Mims said officials are ready for a boom in business, too.

“The Village of Los Lunas is lacking certain retail,” Mims said. “Even though we are doing very good, we have a lot of growth, but there are some businesses that aren’t here.”

Mims posted a survey online asking residents to list what they want to see in Los Lunas. The survey includes everything from big box stores and major clothing stores to ethnic restaurants and museums.

The survey will then be used to try and lure in big business.

“I’m going to a big retail conference in Las Vegas in May. So I want to have my ammunition in hand,” Mims said.

The village already has a Chili’s and an Applebee’s, and since those two restaurants have moved in, Mims said others are interested.

“Applebee’s has really put us on the map,” Mims said.

One man said he wants to see an Olive Garden. Another resident told KRQE News 13 she would like to see a Kohl’s.

Erick Ostroski said he’d like to see a Golden Corral in the area, and said more entertainment options would be good.

“A Target would be nice and a Ross. I love that store,” Angela Vargas said.

Mims is hoping at least 2,000 people fill out surveys in the next few months so he can take them to that retail conference in May. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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