Archive for the ‘stores’ Category
These pictures were taken in mid July 2015, and I expect the store is actually closed by now, though I have not driven by there since.
I noticed the other day that this ABC storefront next to Solstice on Sparkleberry is now vacant. I had actually pulled in there because I thought Solstice might be closed, but apparently it is just never open whenever I drive by..
I'm not sure what the final date for this store will be, but as commenter Andrew noted, the whole chain is in Chapter 11 and liquidating:
“Over-expansion and excess inventory led to increased indebtedness and, ultimately, a default with the debtor’s long-time lender, Union Bank,” according to court documents.
(Hat tip to commenter Sidney)
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)
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.
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.
"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)
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)
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)
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.
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.