Troy stationery store closing after 96 years

TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A business that has been in one local community longer than most of the people there will stop doing business after closing time on Friday.

They’re having a sale on their remaining items and taking a moment to say goodbye to their loyal customers.

Opening in 1920, Hill’s Stationery has provided a place for people’s paper needs and a place for memories.

“Awesome customers and I can’t thank them enough for continuing this on,” Owner John Hill said. “If it wasn’t for them we wouldn’t be here 96 years.”

John Hill took over the store for his father, with his daughter Lauren by his side managing the business.

“It’s an honor actually,” Lauren Cross said. “All the customers that come in daily and tell all the stories about my grandfather and my dad and how great it was to do business with them.”

Some of those people coming in today to share stories one last time.

“I was born and raised in this city,” Jim McDuff said. “I remember what it was.”

McDuff says he can remember when his father first brought him into the paper store when he was 5 years old. He’s also going to miss him coming in.

“It’s going to be sad, really sad.”

Hill and Cross have some stories of their own.

Cross remembers one particular instance where an old woman came into the store.

“She must have felt extremely comfortable because she came behind the counters and said she needed to take her britches off. By the time I could say anything, she was already doing it.”

Stories and laughter she and her father will pass down to their next generation.

“I’ll be able to retire and next chapter of my life along with my daughter who is having another grandson for me.”

“It will always be in the family. It will always be talked about and he’ll know what we had here.”

Hill owns the building and space where the shop is so he says his next project will be getting it ready for the next tenant.

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