The Hills Market Downtown Celebrates First Year with Store UpdatesApril 11, 2014 9:00 am Ayana Wilson
When The Hills Market opened a Downtown branch last March, it was met with enthusiasm and gratefulness from a community desperate for more dining and shopping options. Since then, The Hills Market has become so much more than a grocery; it’s now the spot in the Discovery District to eat, meet, and be seen.
The first major change customers will notice upon entering the market is that the lane assignments have changed. The produce section remains intact, but now, spices, for instance, are no longer in the second aisle of the south-north lanes; they’re now in the second aisle of the east-west lanes in the store.
And that’s not the only change. After considering the shoppers’ experience, the decision was made to rearrange the shelves according to ease. The items most frequently purchased, like pasta and canned goods, are now front and center, and a larger grab-n-go section has been added.
“This past year, we have really focused on what are our customers wants and needs at the downtown location,” shares Kelly Holmes, Marketing Director at The Hills Market Downtown. “We are making changes to better our customer experience.”
The Hills Market is also something of an eatery, where diners can come in for hot or cold breakfasts and lunches. Taco Tuesdays and Taste of Asia Thursdays every week at the salad bar is something visitors look forward to, and just one of several lunch conveniences The Hills offers.
The Deli Guys are regulars on the lunch scene, serving fresh, tasty sandwiches, like the Grant Street Club, at reasonable cost. The Pizza Masters are also usually on hand, serving Gluten-free Veggie Pizzas, among other popular choices.
And now that the weather is finally turning warm, there’s no reason not to enjoy an evening on The Hills Market’s patio, which, in May, will be a hot seat for great nights of entertainment.
On Mondays from 5pm – 8pm, guest bartenders will be featured for Charity Happy Hours. Food and drink specials will be offered where a portion of the proceeds benefits the bartender’s choice of charity. On Wednesdays, Grill & Chill from 5pm – 8pm with fired-to-order Hills Burgers and Brats and cold brews.
New this season at The Hills Market – Sushi Night & Beer Flights every Thursday during happy hour. Beginning at the end of April, diners will be able to pair hand-rolled sushi with flights of craft beer, a winning combination with sunshine.
Also coming soon will be a Johnson’s Scoop Station located in the bakery in the Market. In the very near future, shoppers will be able to enjoy a scoop or two of Johnson’s Real Ice-Cream, which has been around since 1950, while they shop or as a sweet treat after lunch.
And, of course, Crèpes a la Carte still serves brunch every Sunday from 9am – 2pm, so if you haven’t been back to The Hills Market Downtown in a while, there’re now more reasons than ever to schedule a trip. Did I mention they’ve also expanded their beer department?
The Hills Market Downtown is located at 95 North Grant Avenue. Their hours of operation are Monday-Friday, 7am -9pm, and Saturday-Sunday, 8am – 8 pm.
A special first anniversary celebration is planned at the Hills Downtown on April 18th and 19th. Free giveaways and samples will be offered throughout both days, and several new products will be launching.
For more on The Hills Market Downtown, visit www.thehillsmarket.com.