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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)

Northeast Market & Coffee House, 2630 Decker Boulevard: January 2015   1 comment

Posted at 1:17 am in restaurants,stores

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What can I say?

The curse of 2630 Decker Boulevard continues.

Written by ted on February 7th, 2015

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Tiga Lee's Chicken & Grill / Convenience Store, 2644 River Drive: 2000s   7 comments

Posted at 1:46 am in restaurants,stores

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This building is on River Drive just past the closed daycare. I associate the faux stone facade with the 1970s for some reason and the building has a distinctive enough look that I expect it was part of some chain.

From the various door signage, I would say that clearly the last business in this spot was a convenience store, but the only hit I can find for the address online is for Tiga Lees Chicken & Grill.

Written by ted on February 6th, 2015

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Steak Mart, 2773 Rosewood Drive: 24 December 2014   6 comments

Posted at 2:01 am in stores

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I generally like my steak in ground-beef form, but I have certainly noticed Steak Mart on the corner of Rosewood and Maple since it has been there for my entire life. As commenter Robert S pointed out though, they have closed up shop as of Christmas Eve after a 54 year run.

(Hat tip to commenter Robert S.)

Written by ted on January 14th, 2015

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Alibaba's Pipe Emporium, 4884 Sunset Boulevard: Fall 2014   5 comments

Posted at 11:37 pm in stores

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I'm not exactly sure when head shop Alibaba's Pipe Emporium on Sunset closed. Commenter Brian noted the storefront as empty in December 2014. When I took the first pictures on 17 August 2014, the Sunset location already seemed to be closed during what would be normal hours though the store looked fully stocked. At that time, a sign directed customers to the Irmo store on Woodrow Street. I know they has some legal trouble in May 2014 though I am unsure if that was what finally caused the closing or not.

(Hat tip to commenter Brian)

Written by ted on January 4th, 2015

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Piggly Wiggly, 3818 Devine Street: 8 November 2014 (Ownership Change)   no comments

Posted at 2:36 am in stores

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The Devine Street Piggly Wiggly recently changed ownership as noted in a story in The Columbia Star, which you may or may not be able to read here. With all the churn engulfing The Pig recently, it's good to see one store hang on.

In this case, the managers of the former Garners Ferry store have bought Devine Street outright:

The 35,000-squarefoot store closed late last Sunday for an inventory, reopening Monday under the new owners. Miller says customers are unlikely to notice many changes early on. He said the store has been well maintained, but he expects some refurbishing and painting ahead.

“Piggly Wiggly has gone back to its roots as a group of independently owned Piggly Wiggly stores joined by a common brand, collaborative marketing, and the flexibility of individual ownership,” said David Schools, president and CEO of Greenbax Enterprises, Piggly Wiggly Carolina’s parent.

Put that way, it sounds a bit like IGA.

Written by ted on December 23rd, 2014

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