Last month, I stumbled upon the Hills Department Store Fan Site , and told the webmaster that I had an image of the Hills that was only open for a year and a half in Hampton, VA. So I shared it with him, and the article about the store closing in 1997:
The Hills didn’t even have a going out of business sale. They closed a few days after the article ran in The Daily Press. The store still stays vacant (as of 2003, the last time I was out there). I remember for some reason all the store’s carts were padlocked and chained to the sidewalk beside the store for a few weeks after the store closed.
Even if the store was only open for about 18 months, I still have some memories from the store. Nearly all the current Christmas decorations my mom owns were from Hills. We always bring up the store every Christmas when we break out the decorations.
There was this one time that the manager (I think) gave out free popcorn.