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« Reply #150 on: February 08, 2015, 12:49:13 PM »

Other than the layout and design of the store, I don't recall any major changes during the conversion of the Hills store I frequented. The snack bar (mentioned in a previous post) was retained. They sold hot dogs, soft pretzels, popcorn, soda and various other small snacks/candy from what I can remember.
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« Reply #151 on: September 23, 2015, 12:46:38 PM »

One of the most popular promotions run by Hills was "Wiener Wednesdays", where
any customer 65 or older could get a free small drink and a hot dog from the snack bar with
any purchase.

In some stores literal busloads of seniors would arrive for this.  I used to get complaints
from girls at my service desk because a lot of these seniors would purchase one item, use
the receipt to get their hot dog, and then return the item (I had actually seen this done where
the item purchased was a single pack of Wrigley's Spearmint Gum!)  They said "can't we just
give them a hot dog and not do all of this paperwork?"

One year Christmas fell on a Wednesday and the store was closed.  An old man came in the
day after and yelled at me, accusing me of cheating him out of his hot dog.  My boss stood at
the snack bar (munching a hot dog, of course) and laughed his butt off at me!

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« Reply #152 on: October 22, 2015, 10:20:34 AM »

One of the most popular promotions run by Hills was "Wiener Wednesdays", where
any customer 65 or older could get a free small drink and a hot dog from the snack bar with
any purchase.

In some stores literal busloads of seniors would arrive for this.  I used to get complaints
from girls at my service desk because a lot of these seniors would purchase one item, use
the receipt to get their hot dog, and then return the item (I had actually seen this done where
the item purchased was a single pack of Wrigley's Spearmint Gum!)  They said "can't we just
give them a hot dog and not do all of this paperwork?"

One year Christmas fell on a Wednesday and the store was closed.  An old man came in the
day after and yelled at me, accusing me of cheating him out of his hot dog.  My boss stood at
the snack bar (munching a hot dog, of course) and laughed his butt off at me!



So much for "The Greatest Generation", lol.
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« Reply #153 on: April 14, 2016, 07:07:12 AM »

Fans nostalgic for Hills Department Store are going gaga over a new candle designed to smell like the defunct retailer’s snack bar.

http://www.buffalonews.com/business/people-love-this-candle-that-smells-like-a-hills-snack-bar-20160414

Fans nostalgic for Hills Department Store are going gaga over a new candle designed to smell like the defunct retailer’s snack bar.

Pennsylvania-based Sugar Creek Candle Company, with its proprietary blend of scents, has created a candle that evokes notes of popcorn, hot pretzel and cherry ICEE.

It’s called Pittsburgh Dad’s Hills Snack Bar after local comedian and actor Curt Wootton, whose YouTube channel has 84,000 subscribers. In one of Wootton’s most popular videos, he fantasizes about traveling back to 1989 in a DeLorean time machine in order to shop at Hills. The label bears the Hills logo and a picture of Wootton clutching snack bar foods.

Pittsburgh Dad posted about the new product on Facebook Tuesday night. Within 15 minutes, the post had garned 1,000 likes. By Wednesday afternoon it had registered 11,000 likes and had been shared nearly 4,000 times.

In less than 24 hours, Sugar Creek said it had filled orders in 15 states and as far as Alaska, with callers ordering as many as five candles at a time.

“Everybody has a story about Hills. Everybody misses it,” said Anthony Barravecchio, a Sugar Creek partner with his wife Karen and Jennifer Esposto. “The whole Hills thing really hits home with everyone.”

The 16-ounce soy candle retails for $14.99 plus shipping and handling. It can only be ordered by phone right now, as the website is being overhauled until Friday.
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« Reply #154 on: April 14, 2016, 07:48:24 AM »

OMG, I am going to have to order a case of these!
I left Hills in 1998 and I can still smell that snack bar in my sleep!
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« Reply #155 on: April 15, 2016, 04:23:21 PM »

^^I can smell the Hills snack bar from just reading this post about Pittsburgh Dad releasing a candle with the snack bar scent!
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« Reply #156 on: June 05, 2017, 03:31:58 PM »

Stopped by my local thrift store to look around. Noticed a familiar cart.

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« Reply #157 on: June 27, 2017, 11:30:38 AM »

if anybody wants to see an original Hills sign there is a company called Hills stationary in Troy NY they seem to use the hills logo on all their internal paperwork too
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« Reply #158 on: June 28, 2017, 01:28:45 PM »

if anybody wants to see an original Hills sign there is a company called Hills stationary in Troy NY they seem to use the hills logo on all their internal paperwork too

Or was:

http://www.twcnews.com/nys/capital-region/news/2016/11/5/hill-stationary-in-troy-closed-after-96-years-in-business.html

So, since this opened in 1920, who copied off of who Wink
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« Reply #159 on: June 28, 2017, 05:07:31 PM »

Im wondering if maybe that store might have bought the trademark when Ames bought it out  the one sign they show twords the end looks as though it was removed from a Hills store .
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« Reply #160 on: June 29, 2017, 07:40:04 AM »

it was removed from a hills store..wow i applied for a job there a long time ago..
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« Reply #161 on: June 29, 2017, 10:08:23 AM »

it was removed from a hills store..wow i applied for a job there a long time ago..

I hope at least you passed the drug test!  As a manager there I was amazed at
how many people would apply for a job and then fail the drug test.
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« Reply #162 on: November 21, 2017, 09:31:54 AM »

So I recently learned that there was a Hills in Dayton on Woodman Dr.  It didn't make it into the Ames days, I'm sure.  I'd love to find out more about it.  All I know is that it once was a Rinks.  How do I know?
http://www.daytonhistorybooks.com/board/board_topic/1550893/5470803.htm

Map of the location:
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Goodwill+Outlet/@39.7293818,-84.12044,18.79z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x88408341c41658a1:0xaaaa49757cd2eb39!8m2!3d39.729425!4d-84.12065
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« Reply #163 on: November 21, 2017, 09:50:43 AM »

So I recently learned that there was a Hills in Dayton on Woodman Dr.  It didn't make it into the Ames days, I'm sure.  I'd love to find out more about it.  All I know is that it once was a Rinks.  How do I know?
http://www.daytonhistorybooks.com/board/board_topic/1550893/5470803.htm

Map of the location:
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Goodwill+Outlet/@39.7293818,-84.12044,18.79z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x88408341c41658a1:0xaaaa49757cd2eb39!8m2!3d39.729425!4d-84.12065
Is it the building behind Goodwill?
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« Reply #164 on: November 21, 2017, 10:59:19 AM »

So I recently learned that there was a Hills in Dayton on Woodman Dr.  It didn't make it into the Ames days, I'm sure.  I'd love to find out more about it.  All I know is that it once was a Rinks.  How do I know?
http://www.daytonhistorybooks.com/board/board_topic/1550893/5470803.htm

Map of the location:
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Goodwill+Outlet/@39.7293818,-84.12044,18.79z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x88408341c41658a1:0xaaaa49757cd2eb39!8m2!3d39.729425!4d-84.12065
Is it the building behind Goodwill?

Yes, I believe it is.  It doesn't look like much anymore, and it's a real pain to try to get to for any decent shots.
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« Reply #165 on: January 14, 2018, 01:48:31 AM »

So I recently learned that there was a Hills in Dayton on Woodman Dr.  It didn't make it into the Ames days, I'm sure.  I'd love to find out more about it.  All I know is that it once was a Rinks.  How do I know?
http://www.daytonhistorybooks.com/board/board_topic/1550893/5470803.htm

Map of the location:
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Goodwill+Outlet/@39.7293818,-84.12044,18.79z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x88408341c41658a1:0xaaaa49757cd2eb39!8m2!3d39.729425!4d-84.12065
I need to do some research on the Ontario chain - I keep hearing about all the different locations around the Cincinnati/Dayton area, but I don't know much about the chain itself.
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« Reply #166 on: January 14, 2018, 01:37:45 PM »

How similiar was Hills to Ames?
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« Reply #167 on: January 15, 2018, 08:10:49 AM »

I think you have asked this question before. 

I worked for both Hills and Ames.  They were quite similar aside from a few minor variances.
Hills stores tended to be slightly larger.  Hills had a larger toy department whereas Ames devoted
more floor space to domestics.  Hills had a snack bar, which Ames did not (until the merger when
many of the converted Hills locations opted to keep one).  Hills initially operated with a larger
in-store management team but it had been whittled down to Ames-size by the late 1990's.
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