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Bohemian Home, 2720 Devine Street: 31 August 2022   2 comments

Posted at 11:34 pm in closing

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I wrote about a move for this place back in 2010, but now Bohemian Home on Devine Street is closing after nearly 50 years. WLTX has the story (with an interesting historical twist in the second paragraph), which is basically that with rising rents, current business conditions and the onslaught of big box stores, the owners decided keeping on was untenable.

The current plan is to shut down at the end of August, with an auction possible if there is still remaining inventory.

(Hat tip to commenter Deanna)

Written by ted on August 12th, 2022

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Eric's San Jose, 4478 Rosewood Drive: July 2022   1 comment

Posted at 11:55 pm in closing

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I've done two closings for Eric's San Jose, one at the infamous 2630 Decker building, and one in 2016 for the immediate predecessor to this location on the far side of Target from this building.

Aside from Eric's, this building has also housed, at least, Moe's Grapevine, and Rooftop Piza Pub.

I believe I have been to this operation twice, once in the old location, and once at this one. I thought it was fine, but no better than Casa Linda which is closer to me, and the menu seemed pretty small. I think I went there a third time when I expected it to be open and found it closed, and got it in my mind that the hours were a bit odd. I haven't seen any official reason for the closing, and I don't see a web site or facebook page, but I know the nearby Lizard's Thicket was having staffing issues, so it's possible that played a part here as well.

We'll have to see what is next for this building. Since it won't be a Lizard's, and it's already been a Mexican restaurant, perhaps an Asian buffett?

(Hat tip to commenter MB)

Written by ted on August 11th, 2022

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Beltline Grill, 12 Tommy Circle: 29 July 2022   no comments

Posted at 10:49 pm in closing

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Beltline Grill was the follow-on operation in this Bradley Plaza storefront to long-time stalwart and pandemic casualty Alehouse Lounge. They announced on their Facebook on 29 July that they were closing up shop. Looking at that page, I think I might have enjoyed lunch there, but for some reason it was never on my radar.

(Hat tip to commenter Heath)

Written by ted on August 10th, 2022

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Chick-Fil-A, 2600 Decker Boulevard: 24 July 2022 (Moved)   7 comments

Posted at 10:15 pm in closing

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While there are certainly still restaurants in this area of Decker, the relocation of this Chick-fil-A is yet another hit to this intersection.

In the past, we have seen the loss of Applegate's Landing, Zorba's, The Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Rush's, Little China, Sonic & Taco Cid.

This store has now moved to a new building at the former location of Atlantic Bedding & Furniture at 7515 Two Notch.

I believe commenter Haley was the first to report the actual closing, though it had been anticipated and discussed in the comments for a while.

(Hat tips to commenter Haley et al).

UPDATE 10 August 2022: Added a picture I missed before.

Parkland Cakes, 1220 C Avenue: 9 July 2022   no comments

Posted at 6:14 pm in closing

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According to The Free Times this West Columbia bakery closed on July 9 with the retirement of the owner. I have not driven over there since then, but also according to the article, a new deli-bakery, Breads & Such, should be opening in the spot this month.

Written by ted on August 8th, 2022

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AMS Auto, 121 Decker Park Road: March 2022 (Moved)   no comments

Posted at 11:21 pm in closing

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I noticed while I was driving behind the Food Lion strip mall on Decker the other day that this small car lot in-between the plaza and the U-Haul storage facility was gone. Their website is still extant, and lists this site but their Facebook suggests they have relocated to Ridgeway though it's a bit unclear if this is permanent.

Written by ted on July 29th, 2022

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Crazy Cazboys, 5422 Forest Drive: 1 June 2022   11 comments

Posted at 10:41 pm in closing

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I was unaware of this bin based discount operation in East Forest Plaza until commenter Kody mentioned that it was gone. According to The Free Times they closed due to the high cost of fuel as shipping was eating into their small margins. I suspect there may have been more to it than that, but at any rate, they shut down at the start of June.

Interestingly, the same guy who started this chain started the Zoe's Kitchen chain.

(Hat tip to commenter Kody)

Written by ted on July 22nd, 2022

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Marlboro Inn, 5133 Forest Drive: Spring 2022   2 comments

Posted at 10:37 pm in closing

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Once in the 1970s, when some out of town cousins (who I had never met) were coming through town, my father checked out all the hotels in the vicinity (not that many then), and decided that this Marlboro Inn (which was at that time fairly new) had reasonable prices and acceptable quality and suggested they stay there while visiting us. There's no punchline to that story: Apparently the place was OK, and there were no issues.

Since that time, the place had become obviously not new, and was renting out one suite to an accountancy to bring in some extra money or provide a familiy member a reasonable office. I never heard of any trouble there, but with many newer motels, with national reservation systems, in town in recent years, I suspect the writing was on the wall.

According to commenter Larry, the property was bought by Lexington Medical as was the adjacent building. Perhaps that means they will merge the two lots and build something large there.

I think the motel in the triangle where Wildcat Road runs into Fort Jackson Boulevard was also a Marlboro Inn at one time, but I don't recall ever seeing another, and as far as I know, there as no connection to the cigarette brand.

(Hat tip to commenter Larry)

Written by ted on July 14th, 2022

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Margarette H. Miller Cosmetology Center, 1509 Fontaine Road: Summer 2022   2 comments

Posted at 10:16 pm in closing

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Over the years I have always wondered exactly what this Cosmetology Center on Fontaine Road was. The answer seems to be that it was a banquet hall and event center.

Over the past few weeks, a new marquee has gone up announcing that is is now Kandy Shop, though I'm not clear on exactly what that means.

Written by ted on July 12th, 2022

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Chick-Fil-A, 294 Harbison Boulevard: 19 May 2022 (Temporary)   12 comments

Posted at 10:25 pm in closing

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The Harbison Chick-Fil-A is getting the remodeling treatment that several locations in the area have gone through. In this case, that involves a complete razing of the existing building (already done) and rebuilding on the same lot. The State has the details:

In 2021, the Columbia Planning Commission approved the demolition and reconstruction of the Chick-fil-A at 294 Harbison. Documents filed with the Planning Commission indicated the original 3,844-square-foot restaurant building on the site would be demolished to make way for a 4,345-square-foot building. There also would be a new multi-lane drive-thru on the property, no doubt a key addition at a site where customer car lines can be long in the popular shopping district.

If all goes well, they plan to re-open this fall.

(Hat tip to commenter Sean)

Written by ted on July 8th, 2022

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