Archive for the ‘stores’ Category
I had meant to do this post before Free Comic Book Day which was 2 May 2015, but that was not to be.
At any rate, as reported by commenter James R, Comic Nirvana has moved from in front of Best Buy in Lexington to The Smith Centre just south of the I-20 Waffle House.
I have to say it's not an easy location to find. They have listing on the roadside marquee for the office plaza, but actually locating the store is a bit of a puzzle. In the event, you can't see it from the default parking area in front, you have to drive around back and duck into a little back nook. Hopefully they will have some more directional signs up soon, along with their main storefront sign. In fact, they may by now as these pictures are a week or two old.
(Hat tip to commener James R)
I'm pretty sure I still have the battery I bought at this Tire Kingdom.
The location, on a Columbia Mall outparcel is not visible from Two Notch or Parklane, and with this being the back side of the mall, and the theater being closed, I have to think that not enough people were driving by to keep the place in mind.
Like everyone, I've heard the folksy commercials on 92.1 and other stations, but had no real idea where Chapin Furniture actually was. In the event it's not hard to find as a pretty straight shot from I-26.
The State has the story of this move: Apparently Publix has bought this lot, and Chapin Furniture is building a new two-story store elsewhere which should be open in the fall of 2015.
You can still make out the label-scar on this East Point Plaza storefront. I thought this Garners Ferry CVS location had closed earler than 2014, but it is still listed in the February 2014 phonebook. In a way, this one reminds me of the one in the old Wal Mart plaza at Polo Road -- holding on in a declining location for longer than you might expect.
Anna's Linens replaced (after a hiatus) Lifeway Christian Stores in Harbison Court in late 2011. Now some three plus years later, they are gone as well, and Harbison Court is undergoing fairly extensive facade work and renovation. On the whole I am impressed with how they have kept the place up and made good such major losses as Barnes & Noble and Officemax.
In the meantime, Anna's still has two Columbia locations, one on Forest Drive and another on Two Notch.
(Hat tip to commenter Andrew)
UPDATE 14 June 2015 -- Five Below is coming along:
The only time I was ever in a Save A Lot was when I lived in Aiken, and there was one on US-1 heading out of town for I-20. It was the most "off" brands I had seen since they heyday of 'generic' items back in the 1980s. Of course the name brand stuff probably comes from the same factories, and non-Kellog/non-Post rasin bran gets just as soggy as the big guys.
As commenter James R reports, Super Dollar in Sunset Court across from Grecian Gardens has closed shop. This store was the follow-on operation to Fred's which closed in June of 2012. I'm not sure when Super Dollar opened, but I believe the storefront was vacant for a good while.
(Hat tip to commenter James R)
UPDATE 3 May 2015: Commenter Brandon Brown reports this store as not closed, so I am going with that in the title as an update.
I recall seeing an articl in The State about upcoming changes to Landmark Square, and this is one of them: Jeffers-McGill have vacated their Garners Ferry location and have moved to Atlas Road.
UPDATE 28 April 2015 -- Here is a bad picture of the new Atlas Road Location:
Well, the signs are trying to spin it as a move, but since the 2708 Rosewood store already exists, I can only call it a closing.
Although it was once a grocery, this building has been a pharmacy for as long as I can remember -- It was an Eckerd's before the Rite Aid buyout of that chain. I have not stopped there for many years, possibly because the last time I did I got agressively pan-handled in the parking lot.
It appears that this may not be so much a closing as a re-branding. Conway Stores was acquired by National Stores in 2014, and National Stores operates the Fallas chain, which explains why the next store is already marqueed while the current store still has the property..
(Hat tip to commenter Sidney)
UPDATE 8 June 2015 -- Fallas is open: