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Jack and Jane Sport, 4840 Forest Drive Suite 5: June 27 2015   2 comments

Posted at 12:08 am in stores

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Commenter mamarose notes the upcoming closing of Jack and Jane Sport in Trenholm Plaza.

I have to admit that since I don't like clothes shopping and since nobody has ever mistaken me for someone who does sports, I couldn't place this storefront in my mind and had to drive around the plaza looking for it. In the event, it turns out to be in the suite formerly occupied by La Bag Lady which closed in 2012.

It appears to be chilly in there.

(Hat tip to commenter mamarose)

Written by ted on June 25th, 2015

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Radio Shack, 1318 Bush River Road Suite D3: Spring 2015   2 comments

Posted at 12:25 am in stores

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Here is the Radio Shack in the Wal Mart complex at the old Bush River Mall site.

I see this storefront has already attracted another business: Laptops For Less. It's a little odd that the Radio Shack marquee is still up there. Usually a chain which is still in some form of existence wants their logo off of former locations. And there *are* still some open stores though the present continued existence of RS as an entity is pretty tenuous at the moment.

Written by ted on June 24th, 2015

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Harrell's Bicycle World / Bike Street USA, 2515 Broad River Road: 2014   11 comments

Posted at 1:30 am in stores

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I think I know who could ride this bike..

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Harrell's Bicycle World apparently sold out to Bike Street USA in 2014, but that operation, which also bought out Bike To Nature did not long survive the expansion, apparently liquidating in November of 2014. It appears the chain's main strategy was buying out local stores and then functioning as sort of an IGA for the bicycle market:

Pat Patregnani, an avid cyclist and the CEO of marketing advertising firm Zimmerman Advertising, founded BikeStreet USA in 2012 and launched into the market with an aggressive business plan, acquiring independent bicycle shops and rolling them up into its corporate structure. Under BikeStreet, the stores would benefit from leveraging technology like point of sale systems, inventory management and websites that would be handled by BikeStreet, as well as marketing and greater buying power from its larger scale. Former owners and managers would receive backend operational support, allowing them to focus on taking care of customers and servicing bikes.

Though unfortunately:

"BikeStreet was also founded by folks without multi-unit store experience," he said. "When you go from one shop and you're in there everyday and you can control everything. You have your eye on everything and then you go and own 17 locations, you have to have a different set of skills to manage 17 stores, 17 managers, 17 set of employees. That's just not suited for enthusiasts without multi-store experience," he added.

(Hat tip to commenter Aaron)

Written by ted on June 23rd, 2015

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Frame Of Mind, 1520 Main Street Suite 1E, Spring 2015 (moved)   1 comment

Posted at 12:48 am in business,stores

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Frame Of Mind "South Carolina's only eyewear boutique and art gallery" has moved from 1520 Main Street across the river to 140 State Street.

I'm not exactly sure when the move was, but sometime after 18 January 2015 when these pictures were taken.

As a four-eyes myself, I'm always glad to see that not everyone prefers contacts.

(Hat tip to commenter Andrew)

Written by ted on June 12th, 2015

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Charleston Cooks!, 702 Cross Hill Road Suite 300-D: 28 June 2015   6 comments

Posted at 12:38 am in stores

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Commenters TahoeChic & Justin reported this the other day within three minutes of each other:

Cooking store Charleston Cooks! is closing their Cross Hill location at the end of the month.

The Free Times has the story, though I'm still a little confused about exactly what happened. At any rate it's clear there was a change in ownership.

I believe this is the first closing for Cross Hill Market.

(Hat tip to commenters TahoeChic & Justin)

Written by ted on June 10th, 2015

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Unlimited Shopping & Retail, 9557 Two Notch Road: 2014   1 comment

Posted at 1:08 am in stores

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I noticed this vacant retail slot in the little strip mall near Sesqui and Maurice's on which I've done several posts.

Judging by their Facebook page this fashion store probably closed around the start of 2014.

Written by ted on June 5th, 2015

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Sandler's Fine Jewelry, 471 Town Center Place #13: Late May 2015   no comments

Posted at 10:33 pm in stores

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Curiously when I went by Sandler's at Sandhill the other week, there were no closing signs on the store. The billboards were up in several places however. They don't give a date, but I'm guessing the end of May would be a logical time.

Coldwater Creek, 630-17 Promenade Place: May 2014   2 comments

Posted at 2:11 am in stores

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While I was out taking pictures for La Bag Lady, I noticed this empty storefront across the street. It turns out to have been women's clothier Coldwater Creek, and WLTX has the story of how the whole chain went bankrupt in April of 2014.

Apparently they had a Columbiana Mall location as well.

Jordan's Modern Bride & Groom, 224 O'Neil Court #17: May 2015   no comments

Posted at 1:31 am in stores

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Planning a June wedding? Maybe you can find some good deals. Jordan's Modern Bride & Groom in The Shops Of O'Neil Court is closing soon.

For some reason, this little plaza has never really thrived. I used to like Stellini's and stop by Capitol News Stand from time to time, but that's been years ago, and I've never found anything compelling there recently. (Although, unfortunately, I probably will have to go to the DMV sooner or later).

(Hat tip to commenter James R)

Written by ted on May 14th, 2015

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La Bag Lady, 631-13 Promenade Place: April 2015   no comments

Posted at 8:13 pm in stores

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I was never sure if this store name were LA Bag Lady as in Los Angeles and California chic or La Bag Lady as in French chic. After actually seeing the sign, I'm going with France.

This is not the only bad news for Sandhill lately, but there has been a bit of good news in the announcement that Sam's Club is coming.

(Hat tip to commenter Tom)

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