You can still make out the label-scar on this East Point Plaza storefront. I thought this Garners Ferry CVS location had closed earler than 2014, but it is still listed in the February 2014 phonebook. In a way, this one reminds me of the one in the old Wal Mart plaza at Polo Road -- holding on in a declining location for longer than you might expect.
Anna's Linens replaced (after a hiatus) Lifeway Christian Stores in Harbison Court in late 2011. Now some three plus years later, they are gone as well, and Harbison Court is undergoing fairly extensive facade work and renovation. On the whole I am impressed with how they have kept the place up and made good such major losses as Barnes & Noble and Officemax.
In the meantime, Anna's still has two Columbia locations, one on Forest Drive and another on Two Notch.
(Hat tip to commenter Andrew)
Well, I don't know why this Pizza Hut closed, but just having visited once, to take these pictures, I can hazard a guess as to a contributing factor: The exit to St. Andrews Road is terrible. I drove around the building on the old drive-through route, and found that when I came out in front of the building again, there was not enough room to get my car pointed to the right and exit onto SAR headed for Tram Street. Granted some cars have a better turning radius, but still it's not well designed, and due to space constraints probably cannot be well designed.
(Hat tip to commenter Andrew)
Bubble Tea Cafe in Cornell Arms has closed. I admit to still never having tried bubble tea. I love tea, but I'm not big on sweet drinks, and I'm not big on tapioca, so it's never seemed like something I would like.
For some reason I didn't step back and get a street view from the front, but I think this suite may have previously been home to the barber shop my father frequented for many years.
(Hat tip to commenter Redneck from Cayce)
The Greyhound Station on Gervais Street moved earlier this month, and now the buildings on the lot (which included the Chapman Dodge building) have been razed. Unlike the old art deco station downtown on Sumter Street, this one was nothing special, and I'm not sorry to see it gone.
I had a chat with the project manager for the site, and he said the whole block that the station sat on will become apartments.
The new station is at 710 Buckner Road, which is the I-20 frontage road between Monticello Road & US-321.
The only time I was ever in a Save A Lot was when I lived in Aiken, and there was one on US-1 heading out of town for I-20. It was the most "off" brands I had seen since they heyday of 'generic' items back in the 1980s. Of course the name brand stuff probably comes from the same factories, and non-Kellog/non-Post rasin bran gets just as soggy as the big guys.
Can anyone identify who was in this building on Harden Street in between the Waffle House and El Burrito?
I thought I had some pictures of it before it was gutted, but I can't locate them right now.
As commenter James R reports, Super Dollar in Sunset Court across from Grecian Gardens has closed shop. This store was the follow-on operation to Fred's which closed in June of 2012. I'm not sure when Super Dollar opened, but I believe the storefront was vacant for a good while.
(Hat tip to commenter James R)
Well, I was unhappy to notice this real estate sign. As I mentioned when they moved, my parents always felt that Bob Andrews dealt with them more fairly and competently than the dealer, and that's usually where we took our cars while I was growing up. Still, a 90+ year run is pretty good by any standard.