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OPEN FOR BUSINESS is Bill Muzzy's new Indian Hill Trading Post in Greenville. The Associated Grocers affiliated store is owned by Bill Muzzy. (Maines Photo)

OPEN FOR BUSINESS is Bill Muzzy’s new Indian Hill Trading Post in Greenville. The Associated Grocers affiliated store is owned by Bill Muzzy. (Maines Photo)

 

 

Indian Hill Trading Post

Greenville’s Newest Enterprise

November 1978 News Article

For years everyone has wondered what Bill Muzzy of Indian Hill in Greenville has been doing at the vacant lot across from his motel. Our questions are now answered He was planning to build a store.

“Seven years ago when I sold my cows, I decided I was going to build a store,” says Muzzy.

Mr. Muzzy hopes to open his store, Indian Hill Trading Post, in two or three weeks. He will be an Associated Grocer, carrying Shurfine brand products. Along with groceries the store will have a variety of sporting supplies for hunters, snowmobilers and vacationers.

One unique area in the store is an information corner. Mr. Muzzy encourages any business or organization in the area to bring in brochures or maps for this display.

Make sure you stop in at “The Trading Post” once it opens, the coffee pot is always on and although the hours for the store have not been determined, it will be open seven days a week.

One last note from Bill, he wants his winter customers to know that even though he’ll be busy with this new venture, he will still have time to plow snow.

And so the legend began……35 years ago…

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Ken and Dolly King, formerly of Arundel, are the new managers of the Indian Hill Trading Post Sporting Goods Department.
~Photo courtesy Moosehead Messenger April 27, 1983

Courtesy Moosehead Messenger April 27, 1983

Whether you are a year-round shopper or a visitor to Greenville, there are surprises in store at the newly expanded Indian Hill Trading Post.

Always a favorite top of those wishing to snap a panoramic photo of Moosehead Lake from Indian Hill, the Trading Post has now taken on the role of a complete supply center for the family budget planner and sportsman alike.

“Offering a wider variety in all areas to our customers was the goal,” store manager Dick Wheelden said of the expansion. “And, basically, the expansion is complete, except for our bakery department, which will be in operation soon.”

The wider variety referred to encompass all areas at Indian Hill. A new dairy case, produce case, meat and fish case, and expanded canned goods as well as cosmetic lines are part of the new look at the Trading Post. Sale prices are currently in effect in most departments.

In the deli department, as well as a fine line of meats and cheeses, prepared salads will be offered.

Indian Hill owner Jack Goodwin has not limited his expansion and improvements to food products alone.

The sporting goods and gifts departments are rapidly expanding to meet shoppers’ needs.

Under the new direction of Ken and Dolly King.

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READY FOR BUSINESS – The new extension at Muzzy’s Indian Hill Trading Post will be open this weekend. Customers may look forward to generous hand scooped ice cream at a price they won’t be able to resist.

Courtesy Moosehead Messenger June 9, 1982

There are a few changes in store at the Indian Hill Trading Post. Bill Muzzy is not so much extending his store as rearranging it to make it more convenient for his customers.

By next weekend the new extension will be open and people may buy their sandwiches and ice cream directly through the service hatch, rather than standing in line with the grocery and sporting goods customers.

In addition to the sandwiches and scooped ice cream, the Muzzys are opening a soda fountain where lovers of ice cream sodas, splits, sundaes and soft drinks may indulge themselves. The family also plans to serve steamed hot dogs and hot sandwiches.

The extension will be open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and until 8 p.m. on Fridays. During the summer it will possibly remain open until 8 p.m. on the weekends as well.

A novel feature of the new extension is that it will remain open during the winter and not close Labor Day as so many places do. This means that ice cream addicts may still indulge themselves at the soda fountain year round. The hot sandwiches and hot dogs will be available to hunters and snowmobilers passing through town too.

Another addition to the store is the public restrooms. A welcome addition for travelers.

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Courtesy The Piscataquis Observer January 21, 2004 Edition

 Greenville – A mainstay of the local business community is making a few changes, and its customers in and around Greenville are sure to benefit.

Indian Hill Supermarket, owned and operated by the Watt family since 1983, has announced that it will now offer Hannaford products as part of a continuing effort to provide its customers with a wide variety of products and services at competitive prices.

“We’ve had a long running and very successful relationship with our current wholesaler, Associated Grocers of Maine (AG),” said Indian Hill owner Stuart Watt. “That relationship over the past 26 years has allowed us to become what we are today.”

“The change to Hannaford is simply an effort to continue to improve the quality and selection that we can offer our customers. We will be bringing in many of the programs and products that the large Hannaford stores offer their customers, including everyday low prices.”

“We will be able to offer an even better product selection and quality, particularly in produce and other perishables,” added co-owner Craig Watt.

Indian Hill, an independent store, has always taken pride in its ability to keep its prices competitive with the larger chain supermarkets.  With the addition of Hannaford products, Indian Hill will be able to continue offering low prices through the supplier’s Every Day Low Prices program, which eschews weekly sales and specials for prices that stay low day in and day out.

The Watts remind their customers that AG will continue to supply their Village Food Mart store that sits in the middle of downtown Greenville. Quality Shurfine products will still be offered there.  The meat department has been reopened, and improvements to the facility are scheduled.

The two markets together will provide customers with plenty of choices, Stuart Watt said.

“We hope the two stores together will offer many choices to our customers enabling them to shop locally at all area businesses,” he said.

“We appreciate the townspeople’s cooperation in this transition over the next few days and hope to make it as smooth as possible.”

As always the Indian Hill Trading Post, which offers sporting goods, clothing and giftware, will continue to bring in new merchandise and look for new ways to serve their customers.  They have recently added the New Balance shoe line to their footwear section and, with the winter season upon us, Indian Hill is the place to go for the most complete snowmobile equipment selection in Piscataquis County.

And that is just the start in a store that offers anything and everything needed to live, work and play in the Moosehead region.

“We cater to the needs of hunters and fisherman, and people interested in camping and boating,” said Craig Watt of the Trading Post.

“We try to make it as much of a one-stop shop as we can,” said Stuart.

Indian Hill is currently sponsoring an ice fishing derby.  They will be giving out prizes for the biggest fish in all categories caught through March 31.  A prize will be also be given to the you youngest fisherman with the biggest fish.  Prizes in the past have included ice fishing gear and outdoor equipment.  This year, Craig said, a portable DVD player will be the top prize.  There is no cost for the contest, and the entries should be brought to the sporting goods section at Indian Hill.

Indian Hill Supermarket and Trading Post is located on Indian Hill on 148 Moosehead lake Rd., just south of downtown Greenville. They can be reached at 695-2104

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Courtesy of the Moosehead Messenger June 16, 1982 Edition

 Indian Hill Trading Post is under new ownership today. Jack Goodwin, well known in town for his construction business as well as the thriving real estate business run by his wife, Barbara, is going into the grocery business with his son, Rusty.

Bill Muzzy, who started the Trading Post and built it into a thriving business told The Messenger, “It was a quick decision.” Bill said he intends to mow lawns for his wife, Callie. His son Mark, will be starting work with W.L. Bartley and his youngest son, Luke, who will be returning to college in September, will work for Goodwin during the summer.

Goodwin has had over twenty years experience in the retail business, but this is his first venture into groceries.  He says he is looking forward to the challenge. His experience has been in lawn and garden supplies and machinery, and also in the fuel oil business.

According to Goodwin, he does not intend to make too many changes in the store at present; his first concern is to become acquainted with his new line of business.

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