Our guest contributor this week is Pat Barch, the Hoffman Estates Historian.  This column originally appeared in the May 2013 issue of the Hoffman Estates Citizen, the village’s newsletter.  The column appears here, courtesy of the Village of Hoffman Estates.

As the years go by, I have seen so many changes in the Village of Hoffman Estates.  The buildings and shopping centers seem to change with new tenants, upgrades to their facades and some disappearing completely.

Valli produceOne of the long standing buildings is Valli Produce on Roselle Rd. between Higgins and Bode Roads.  That building was at one time the Guido’s Super Market.  It didn’t last very long because of some health issues.

3078The Fireside Roller Arena opened in 1975 and was most welcome in a village of young families looking for entertainment and recreational facilities close to home.   It was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s largest indoor roller rink.  There were three rinks, one for regular skating, one for backward skating and a side rink for beginners.  Music was provided by a Rodgers Olympic theater organ.  As a young girl I loved to skate at the Hub Roller Rink in the city, so now I could show off for my kids.  The local schools had skating parties many Friday nights.  What a wonderful time we all had.

The Fireside closed in 1985, many saying that insurance costs were one of the reasons it closed.  The F & M Distributors store followed selling discounted beauty & health items.

Valli Produce opened in 2000 and just recently began remodeling with the addition of a new meat, fish and deli area at the north end of the store.

Another building that is now for sale or lease is the original Hoffman Homes sales offices.  Jack Hoffman said that it was built without corners.  It’s an interesting building located at 1070 N. Roselle.  It was the Myoda Computer Center for many years.  They’ve moved to a new home on Salem Dr. I hope that this building will soon find new owners. myoda

I miss the beautiful village hall that was located at Gannon and Golf Rds.  Soon we’ll have a new car dealer, Audi that will be opening this year.  The Dominick grocery store at Golf and Barrington  has become the wonderful Marianos.hoffman estates village hall

Many things have changed over the years.  I know that they’ll continue to change based on the needs of the community.

Pat Barch
Hoffman Estates Village Historian



  1. Bill Says:

    I remember going to Fireside Roller Rink in ’77 and ’78 as part of an off campus gym program at Hoffman Estates High School. We’d alternate going off campus for gym class (during 7th and 8th periods) and getting out early the next day. Besides Fireside and roller skating we did bowling at Hoffman Lanes, ice skating at the long-gone ice arena in Woodfield Mall, and tennis at Popular Creek Raquet club (although the boys were asked to leave when someone loaded up the whirlpool with shampoo). Good times – thanks for the memories!

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