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Howard & Riley Real Estate & Insurance Agency, Inc. / Heritage Electrical Service, 6801 Shakespeare Road: 2013   9 comments

Posted at 11:17 pm in business

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This address on the North side of Shakespeare Road near Columbia Mall and almost across from Wood's Wonderland was once, according to the Secretary Of State's office Howard & Riley Real Estate & Insurance. That would have been back in the late 1960s and 1970s.

However, LoopNet says the current building wasn't built until 2005, so there must have been an older structure there at one time. (This would have been the Pink House era on Shakespeare). I don't know what the property was used for in the interim, but the last tenant was Heritage Elictrical, which has apprently moved to Elgin.

Thrifty Mart / Food Town / Food Lion #52 / Book Warehouse / Spherion / UPS Call Center, 1313 Bush River Road: 1980s etc   5 comments

Posted at 12:19 am in business,stores

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I've featured this building on Bush River Road across from the new(ish) Wal-Mart, before, but erroneously in a post I still have to sit down and clean up and correct eventually. Hopefully this post will be more correct.

This building was a Food Lion grocery until the 1990s. I'm not sure when it closed, but it is not listed in the February 1997 phonebook, so I'm guessing the mid-1990s. According to commenter Saturday's Child, it was built as a Thrifty Mart around 1969 and then became a Food Town, staying with that chain when they switched their name to Food Lion.

After Food Lion left, it was a UPS call center and an operation called Spherion, possibly not in that order.

For the last several years it has been vacant, but as commenter William points out, the building is now being rehabilitated to become an AutoZone.

(Hat tip to commenter William)

Written by ted on June 10th, 2014

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Better Car Wash, 2406 Augusta Road: 2014   no comments

Posted at 10:48 pm in business

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Here's another defunct car wash, this one on US-1 across from the Bi-Lo, and next to Danwood Shopping Center where we have already seen Taqueria Mi Pueblito II.

This one appears a bit smaller than our last car wash.

But not this small.

Written by ted on May 20th, 2014

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Airport Jewelry & Pawn, 2308-G Airport Boulevard: 2000s   1 comment

Posted at 11:46 pm in business

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A little googling establishes that this corner suite in Airport Plaza was a pawn shop -- not too surprising given the bars on the windows. For some reason, can't find it in any of my phonebooks, so I don't have a real closing date.

Written by ted on May 14th, 2014

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Spunky's Auto Sales, 5403 Two Notch Road: April 2014   6 comments

Posted at 12:07 am in business

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Well, that didn't last too long.

Spunky's Auto Sales was the follow-on operation to Prestige Hitech Autowerks which moved down the street into the old Dick Dyer bodyshop. They opened sometime last fall (the picture I have is from October 2013) and lasted, I'm thinking, until last month (April 2014).

I continue to like the gull-wing lights at these old service stations. The roofline is nice too.

Written by ted on May 12th, 2014

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Cash-O-Matic, 321 Sunset Drive: 2010   17 comments

Posted at 12:15 am in business

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This little financial center was in the old A & P shopping center at the top of the hill on Sunset Drive. Most recently the complex was a church, but there remained a few commercial storefronts during that phase. In fact, as far as I can tell, the adjacent beauty parlor is still open for business.

Apart from the old "steeple" style A & P architecture, this part of the plaza is interesting for the skylights which you can see in the fifth picture. Somehow the name Cash-O-Matic invokes the same era as the buildings.

Written by ted on May 9th, 2014

Sound Advice, 1561 Broad River Road: 2011   5 comments

Posted at 1:03 am in business

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Here's another Boozer Shopping Center storefront, and an interesting busines story.

Assuming that the Sound Advice whose site is here is the same one (and I think it is), then the history of the chain is here. The first store opened in 1974 and it sounds like the original owners decided to sell out and move to Florida around 2004. After that (according to them) the new owners ran things into the ground and then the original owners bought the remnants back in a fire-sale and are now running mostly online with some showrooms in Florida.

Shell PC & Networking Solutions, LLC, 1314-B Leesburg Road: 2010   1 comment

Posted at 11:48 pm in business

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Here's a vacant little Leesburg Plaza storefront. It's not too clear initially what it was:

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So let's take that sign and equalize it:

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And then flip it:

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OK then -- based on phonebooks, it looks like Shell PC & Networking Solutions probably closed shop in 2010.

Written by ted on May 5th, 2014

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Columbia Gold & More / J & J Wireless, 1531 Broad River Road: late 2013   1 comment

Posted at 12:52 am in business

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The only picture of Columbia Gold & More that I have is one taken for the Gold Beauty Supply closing, which shows a partial image in the right corner.

When I went by Boozer Shopping Center today, I happened to notice that not only was *that* gone, but the follow-on operation J & J Wireless had come and gone as well.

Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions, 1717 Gervais Street: 2012   4 comments

Posted at 11:34 pm in business

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I'm not sure whether this was a move or a closing as the company is certainly still around, but Kaplan Test Prep And Admissions is no longer in this little building on the north side of Gervais. The rest is left as an exercise for the reader. Please use a #2 pencil only.

Written by ted on April 30th, 2014

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