Need a ColecoVision? Go to Hills Department Store this Christmas

Hills Department Stores were pushing video game consoles around 1982. This comes as a surprise to me as I thought of Hills as a “five & dime” type store. If I had seen this commercial, I would have never complained about going to Hills. I would gladly gone with the parents and hung around the video game area until they were done shopping.

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12 thoughts on “Need a ColecoVision? Go to Hills Department Store this Christmas

  1. plcary says:

    I bought a box full of Atari stuff yesterday at a thrift shop and it had 2 colecovision controllers in it too.

  2. plcary says:

    The box contained 8 games for the 5200, 4 games for the 2600, a pair of slick stick joysticks, 2 pair of paddle controllers, a set of racing controllers, the colecovision controllers and an older wood grained 2600 system. I thought it had a 5200 system but the box was so heavily taped I didn’t know until I got it home. And a partridge in a pear tree!

  3. Drahken says:

    Hills, a five and dime store?!?!? Wtf are you smoking, and where can I get some? Hills stores were pretty large department stores, comparable to walmart or target. When I was little we would make 60 mile trips a couple towns away, to go to hills. I remember going all the way to the back corner & getting a loc blocs kit on each trip. I also remember the fact that they had a refreshment stand in the large vestibule & even sold fresh popped popcorn there. That particular hills store was probably the second largest department store in the area, falling in behind the sears store. It’s unfortunate that the hills chain went out of business.

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