Nov. 5, 1979: Hills opens two stores in Western New York

By Steve Cichon

With the country in the grips of an economic crisis and inflation crippling Buffalonians, Hills, “The Anti-Inflation Department Store,” was opening two new stores in Western New York.

The ribbon was cut at the Sheridan/Bailey location by Amherst supervisor and former WEBR Traffic reporter Jack Sharpe. The store became Ames in 1999 and closed in 2002. Walmart opened on the site in 2011.

The same day, a Hills store was opened on Lake Avenue in Blasdell, between South Park Avenue and the New York State Thruway. That store remains vacant.

“Dual opening”

“Hills Department Stores scored a second ‘first’ in the Buffalo area today. For the second time, the chain opened two new department stores on the same day.”

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Steve Cichon

Steve Cichon writes about Buffalo’s pop culture history. His stories of Buffalo's past have appeared more than 1600 times in The Buffalo News. He's a proud Buffalonian helping the world experience the city he loves. Since the earliest days of the internet, Cichon's been creating content celebrating the people, places, and ideas that make Buffalo unique and special. The 25-year veteran of Buffalo radio and television has written five books and curates The Buffalo Stories Archives-- hundreds of thousands of books, images, and audio/visual media which tell the stories of who we are in Western New York.