New stores are coming soon to Miller Hill Mall

DULUTH — Several new stores will soon be joining

Miller Hill Mall

, including

Collector’s Connection,

Five Below


Hickory Farms




Five Below

Five Below offers items for tweens and teens, mostly priced $1-$5. Among the sale categories are room, toys, games, technology, beauty, style, arts, crafts, candy and snacks.

The retailer is listed as “coming soon” on the Miller Hill Mall website. The store’s representatives anticipate it will open Nov. 3, given construction doesn’t have any “hiccups.”

Founded in 2002 by David Schlessinger and Tom Vellios, Five Below opened its first store in Wayne, Pennsylvania. The company has grown to more than 1,300 stores in 42 states, with sales hitting $2 billion in 2020, according to its website.

Collector’s Connection

Several compartments of dice in varying sizes and colors; white d6 and green d20 are at center.

Game dice of varying styles are displayed for sale at Collector’s Connection in Duluth on Jan. 16.

Jay Gabler / 2023 file / Duluth Media Group

Collector’s Connection announced it will soon be relocating its current shop on Mountain Shadow Drive to the Miller Hill Mall. It will be located next to Champ’s Sports and the new Five Below store.


Collector’s Connection has an extensive selection of new and used comic books, sports trading cards, graphic novels, vinyl records and nontraditional games.

A grand-opening Halloween party will be held at the new spot Saturday from 4-8 p.m. The event will feature trick-or-treating, a costume contest and a live DJ.

The new location will be larger to provide customers with a better shopping and gaming experience, the company said in a Facebook post. It will feature a living room, a bar for doing homework or deck building, and a new gaming room for playing Dungeons and Dragons, board games and more.

Collector’s Connection also has a Superior location.

Hickory Farms

Hickory Farms offers a large selection of specialty foods and gourmet gift baskets, including meats, cheeses and desserts. It is listed on the mall website as “coming soon” across from the BoxLunch store; however, an anticipated opening date wasn’t specified.

According to its website, Hickory Farms was founded in 1951 by Richard Ransom. Its first retail store opened in Toledo, Ohio, eight years later. In addition to more than 500 retail locations across the U.S. and Canada, items are also available online, in catalogs and at various mass merchants and supermarkets.

BoxLunch is opening soon across from Rue21, next to Champs, according to the mall website. No opening date was listed.

It is a civic-minded retailer offering apparel, accessories, home goods, gifts, novelties and collectibles. The company partners with Feeding America, and for every $10 spent, a meal is donated on behalf of local food banks.


Brielle Bredsten is a business and health care industry reporter for the Duluth News Tribune.

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