East Hills Mall






East Hills Mall was completed in 1973 at the junction of Interstate 64 and US Route 60 and was anchored by an A&P supermarket 3 and a 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. The mall itself offered a restaurant and stores for arts and crafts, books, jewelry, records, and shoes. 3

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.

Local developer Bob Childers acquired the mostly empty mall in 2008 and invested $25 million to convert it into the East Hills Professional Center, an office park. 3 The former Hills department store was reused to house a call center for DirecTV. 2 Huntington Federal Bank, an original outlot tenant, built a new branch office with a unique curving roof structure. 3 The building’s new design won Edward Tucker Architects of Huntington a merit award from the West Virginia Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.






Further Reading


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.
  3. Casto, James E. “Lost Huntington: East Hills Mall.” Herald-Dispatch [Huntington], 9 Jul. 2019.

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