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Crouch Distilling, 947 Stadium Road Suite 3: 27 June 2020   no comments

Posted at 10:35 pm in closing

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Crouch Distilling is the second alcholic beverage producer in this light industrial park off of Bluff Road that I have done a closing for. The first was for brewery Conquest Brewing Company.

Crouch was cooking up tipples of higher proof than beer, and The Free Times took time to praise their Jimmy Red Corn Whiskey while announcing the closing.

Written by ted on September 29th, 2020

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Fireworks Over America, 916 Rosewood Drive: Fall 2020   no comments

Posted at 11:19 pm in closing

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No Smoking

I was down at the far end of Rosewood last month, and noticed this fireworks store/warehouse. Looking at the google reviews, they were active up at least into May 2020. The company itself is still around, and it's not clear to me if this office has closed or just moved somewhere.

At any rate this building is for sale.

Written by ted on September 28th, 2020

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Bi-Lo, 120 Forum Drive: 19 September 2020   1 comment

Posted at 10:42 pm in closing

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When commenter Sidney tipped that this store was closing on the 19th, I thought I would have the whole day to get out there and get some inside pictures. In the event, I think they closed for good at 5, and I got there around 6. I have to say that just from what I can see through the doors, it does not look as picked-over as I expected.

This store was part of the initial troubles faced by Sandhill, as the chain went bankrupt during the great recession, along with another Sandhill anchor (Sofa Express iirc) leaving the shopping center hurting for rent income. Bi-Lo eventually came out of bankruptcy, though it certainly has not had smooth sailing since then. I have forgotten all the details about who bought whom for all the Bi-Lo locations , but the plan is for this one to become a Lowes Foods.

(Hat tip to commenter Sidney)

UPDATE 14 October 2020 -- That was fast! This place is now open as a Lowes:

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Written by ted on September 25th, 2020

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Urban Nirvana, 920 North Lake Drive : Summer 2020   1 comment

Posted at 11:24 pm in closing

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As reported by commenter JohnR, this Urban Nirvana in the Lexington Towne Centre plaza on North Lake Drive between the closing Stein Mart and Food Lion is gone.

Looking at the Yelp reviews, it was open as late as June 2020, so they actually came through the lockdown period. Perhaps the customer volume just wasn't there in these trying times.

I think the plaza name is overdoing it a bit: Misspelling *two* words for "class"?

(Hat tip to commenter JohnR)

Written by ted on September 24th, 2020

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Woodspring Suites, 4920 Augusta Road: Fall 2019   2 comments

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Written by ted on September 23rd, 2020

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Maurice's Piggy Park, 2450 Augusta Road: Summer 2020   15 comments

Posted at 10:25 pm in closing

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To the best of my memory, I've only eaten at a Maurice's Piggy Park once, last year at the Charleston Highway location. I thought it was fine, but the chain seems to have hit a rough patch in the last few years with several locations closing. COVID-19 can't have helped, but I don't know if it were the deciding factor here.

This one is on US-1 in West Columbia to the east of the I-26 interchange and across from the Wal-Mart. I see from google maps that it is next to a Ruby Tuesday I had forgotten about, and which I did not check to see if it were open.

(Hat tip to commenter Lone Wolf)

Written by ted on September 22nd, 2020

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Goodyear, 828 Dutch Square Boulevard: 2018   no comments

Posted at 11:20 pm in closing

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As I drove past Dutch Square the other day, I noticed that the Goodyear location across from the cinema side of the mall had changed to a Tire Choice. Looking at pictuers on google, I see that as late as April 2018 it was still Goodyear, so it changed sometime after that.

I believe that closest I came to using this place as a Goodyear was once when I needed a headlight replaced (sealed beam) and they couldn't fit me in to the remaining time of the day. I think I ended up going to Pep Boys on Broad River and getting it done.

Written by ted on September 21st, 2020

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Ruby Tuesday, 120 Columbiana Circle: March 2020   14 comments

Posted at 11:54 pm in closing

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I did a closing for the Dutch Square Ruby Tuesday back in May. At that time I took pictures of this one, on a Columbiana Mall outparcel, as well. Since, unlike the other, there wasn't any clarity that this one was permanantly closed, I held off doing a post.

I drove back by today however, and nothing has changed. The "temporarily closed" sign is still up, but at this point I suspect that is no longer accurate. At the least, it's worth a mention and if they re-open later great! In the meantime, chalk up another one for for COVID-19.

Jolidan African Hair Braiding, 1314 Leesburg Road Suite R: 2020   no comments

Posted at 12:21 am in closing

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I was at Pizza Palace last weekend, and noticed that the Jolidan African Hair Braiding salon in the same plaza had closed. Given how hard COVID-19 has been on all salons & barbers, I wouldn't be surprised if that were the case here.

Written by ted on September 18th, 2020

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Columbia Cooling and Heating Company, Inc., 2320 Wayne Street: 2020   no comments

Posted at 10:42 pm in closing

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I could be wrong, but I don't think I've ever been down Wayne Street before, but after commenter Justin called out this address, I went to take a look. I don't know if Columbia Cooling & Heating has closed or just moved, but if there is a new address, google is not turning it up, and as far as I can tell they don't have a web site.

I really was not aware this part of Columbia even existed until I started this blog. I used to kind of wonder why Columbia didn't have a downtown section with houses like those in Fernandina Beach Florida, or Georgetown SC, even though the city was old enough. Shandon is nice, but not quite the same thing. It turns out it does, on the streets North of Elmwood & West of Main. It's an interesting area!

You can see a photo of this place in operation here.

(Hat tip to commenter Justin)

Written by ted on September 16th, 2020

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