As part of its southeast expansion, Hills Stores Co. said Tuesday it will open its first store in North Carolina and five new stores in the Tidewater/Virginia Beach area of Virginia this year.
The 83,000-square-foot North Carolina unit is expected to open this summer. It will join J.C. Penney, Belks and Peebles as an anchor store in the Signal Hill Mall regional mall in Statesville.
Hills plans to open "several more stores" in North Carolina this year, according to a spokesman. He said more information about the dates and locations will be released as the leases are signed.
In March, Hills will open two new stores in the Tidewater/Virginia Beach area. Three additional units are expected to open in that market later this year, raising Hills' Virginia store count to 15. Hills operates 154 stores and expects to open up to 15 new units this year.