Get an inside look with a video of this former Hilander grocery store in Rockford.

Lots Of Abandoned Businesses In Rockford

Do you ever drive around Rockford and notice the vacant builders? Unfortunately, we have many here in our city. I do all the time. Here are a couple of questions that I will ask myself.

What did that building use to be, if I do not know?

I wonder what could go in that space?

How does it look inside that facility now?

Former Hilander Store In Rockford

Here is the perfect example. A former Hilander grocery store located in Rockford. It is the one that was on Alpine Road just south of the five points corner (Broadway, Newburg, Charles). I used to shop there all the time. It was small, easy to navigate through, and convenient. It was two minutes from my house. I was very disappointed when it shut down.

I have been hoping for years that another business would take it over. I am not surprised that it never happened. A couple of friends and I always thought it would be cool if someone opened a live music venue at that location. It is a good size building with lots of parking. Of course, that is just a dream. I did notice that a church was trying to move into that old store but nothing really became of it.

Recently, I was on YouTube and I found a video of that former Hilander grocery store. Someone got some footage of the inside. Take a look for yourself.

Video: Vacant Alpine Rd Hilander grocery store. Rockford IL

Looks like it has seen better days. Hopefully, someday it will become something else.

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