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Garden Shop, Richland Mall Rooftop: 2014 (?)   no comments

Posted at 12:24 am in stores

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Given that we are several days into Spring at this point, I think it is safe to say that the rooftop garden shop at Richland Mall is not just closed for the season, but is apparently closed for good.

Forest Acres still has several sites for garden supplies including the Ace Hardware nearby in the old Ritz building and the garden shop in the old First Citizen's bank at Forest Lake Shopping Center.

Written by ted on March 27th, 2015

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All Vacuums, 4711 Forest Drive Suite 9: 2014   2 comments

Posted at 12:53 am in stores

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Comenter Patricia Lewis mentions that the Oreck Store has moved from Forest Park on Forest Drive out to Columbiana Mall. Actually, unless they changed the name back, by the time it moved it was All Vacuums, having dropped their all Oreck theme. This was actually at least the second location for the store as I know they moved here from Trenholm Plaza, replacing Ten Thousand Villages.

(Hat tip to commenter Patricia Lewis)

Written by ted on March 26th, 2015

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Radio Shack, 1001 Harden Street Suite D: March 2015   11 comments

Posted at 1:14 am in stores

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I don't believe I ever went into this Radio Shack in the Food Lion plaza in Five Points. Come to think of it, I don't believe I've ever been into any business in this plaza other than Food Lion, unless you go back far enough to count Peaches and Sears.

You know the drill about Radio Shack by this point.

Written by ted on March 21st, 2015

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'Tis The Season, 315 State Street: 1 February 2015   1 comment

Posted at 1:18 am in stores

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I was driving to Parkland Plaza the other day, and noticed this old house on State Street had closeout signs up. It had never caught my eye before, so I wasn't sure what business had closed, but the Christmas tree in the upstairs window is a pretty good clue. This was local Christmas decor shop 'Tis The Season, and their Facebook page announced the closing for 1 Feburay with the note that the business is going online.

Written by ted on March 14th, 2015

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Powell Furniture, 1519 Sumter Street: Early 2000s   1 comment

Posted at 2:15 am in stores

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This Sumter street building never really caught my eye before, but I noticed it was vacant as I was driving by the other day.

As it turns out, it is on the Historic Columbia Foundation landmark list and sounds like quite a nice space:

Fantastically historic two story (with huge basement 8 + foot ceiling) brick structure. It has 20' ceilings, is in the heart of the Columbia business district and is directly across from a huge and still growing hospital and cancer center.

Eponymous (that's twice in two posts I get to use that word) tenant Powell Furniture was listed here as recently as the February 1997 phonebook, but was gone by the February 2005 one, so I'm calling the closing as "early 2000s".

Written by ted on March 10th, 2015

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Radio Shack, 5496 Forest Drive Suite G: Late February 2015   4 comments

Posted at 1:15 am in stores

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Another day, another Radio Shack. Sic transit gloria mundi.

This one is in the Wal Mart plaza at Forest & I-77, and is I believe the same operating unit that was originally in a free-standing building near the current Forest Drive Rite Aid and then in Trenholm Plaza. If so, this is the Radio Shack that I historically cut my teeth at. I used to take tubes to be tested at the freestanding location all the time, and bought (or talked my parents into buying) a number of hobby kits there. Later, I was a member of the Battery Of The Month club at the Trenholm Plaza location, and got what I call my "lucky" screwdrivers as a free BOTM gift there. ('Lucky' in that I've had them for over 30 years now, and have never lost or broken them -- yet). I remember I used to manage my BOTM days so that I could get one battery on the last day of a month, and then the next day, get another on the first day of the next month. [This was important since, a) it always took at least two batteries to do anything, and b) I never had any money]

I don't believe I ever actually went into this store after it moved to the current location. By that time, I was living out of town, had enough money to buy batteries, and had bid adieu to vacuum tubes.

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(Hat tip to commenter Andrew)

Radio Shack, 220 Knox Abbott Drive: Spring 2015   8 comments

Posted at 1:56 am in stores

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Another day, another Radio Shack.

This is the one in Parkland Plaza in Cayce, and is another casualty of the chain's bankruptcy.

UPDATE 14 March 2015 -- Gone:

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Written by ted on February 28th, 2015

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Mary & Martha's: A Kitchen Shop, 4711 Forest Drive Suite 16: March 2015   3 comments

Posted at 1:19 am in stores

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Mary & Martha's in Forest Park is closing shop in the coming weeks. The State Reports:

Owner Beverley Tuller has started a liquidation sale to sell most of the items as she prepares to close the shop in March if she can’t sell it first.

“I’ve had a couple of nibbles, but nothing has really panned out yet,” Tuller said of a potential buyer, adding she will keep the store open longer if she has a contract in place to allow for a smooth transition.

Given the above, I'm not exactly sure where the name of the shop comes from, but I have been in there several times. As I recall, I bought a double-boiler, and an apple peeling machine (that worked better than I expected). It's not the kind of place a guy like me needs often, but always a nice option to have when I *do* need it.

Written by ted on February 24th, 2015

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Radio Shack, 6070 Garners Ferry Road Suite F: Spring 2015   23 comments

Posted at 2:59 am in stores

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Well, it's been all over the news, but this is the first Radio Shack I've driven past since the bankruptcy announcement.

This store is in Woodhill strip at the top of the lot, parallel to Garners Ferry. I've actually been inside several times over the last year, once for a AC adaptor, once for some CD-R media and once for something that currently slips my mind. The product mix is now a far cry from the old parts & kits era, or even the TRS-80 era, but still I can't see that another Sprint store is really an improvement.

Written by ted on February 16th, 2015

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Carolina Imports, 705 Gervais Street: 23 November 2014 (moved)   5 comments

Posted at 1:55 am in stores

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As commenter Justin noted some time back, Carolina Imports furniture has left Gervais Street and the Vista and have moved out of downtown.

Their new location is at 2965 North main, in the Trestle Building:

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(Hat tip to commenter Justin)

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