East Hills Mall

Commercial / West Virginia

The East Hills Mall, which included a small indoor concourse, opened in 1973 along US Route 60 east of Huntington, West Virginia.


History

East Hills Mall was completed in 1973 at the junction of Interstate 64 and US Route 60 and was anchored by Hills department store. 2 Hills, founded in 1957 in Youngstown, Ohio, offered a broad selection of merchandise in the automotive, clothing, hardware, houseware, paint, shoe, and toy departments.

Hills was acquired by the Ames chain in 1998, and the East Hills location was rebranded. 2 Ames, a victim of corporate debt, began closing locations by the dawn of the 21st century and closed the East Hills location in 2001. 1 2

A Grandview Weekend Outlet opened in the vacant Office Depot and Ames stores at East Hills Mall on May 6, 2005. 1 The no-frills department store, open only on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of each week, offered a variety of low-cost products ranging from clothing to hardware and sporting goods.

The former East Hills Mall was later renovated into offices, and the former Hills department store was reused to house a call center for DirecTV. 2


Sources

  1. Wartman, Scott. “Outlet store chain to fill former Office Depot, Ames spots.” Herald-Dispatch [Huntington], 20 April 2005.
  2. Casto, James E. “Lost Huntington: Hills Department Stores.” Herald-Dispatch [Huntington], 6 Aug. 2018.