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Frank's Restaurant, 3110 Two Notch Road: 30 June 2012   2 comments

Posted at 1:15 am in Uncategorized

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Frank's was a small meat-and-three restaurant on Two Notch just east of Beltline in the corner of the strip mall with AutoZone.

I have to say that I never stopped by Franks's although this Cheeseburger Crawl appreciation says it had been there quite a while and describes it in a way that makes me sorry I missed it.

Going by the door sign, the place went out in a very classy way at the end of June.

UPDATE 1 September 2012: Add some pictures of the parking lot sign.

Written by ted on August 31st, 2012

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Post Office, SC-261 Paxville South Carolina: 1990s   3 comments

Posted at 1:36 am in Uncategorized

As far as I have ever been able to tell, Paxville is simply a cluster of buildings at the intersection of SC-261 and US-15 in between Pinewood and Manning on the way to the beach.

Driving to the beach growing up, we used to marvel at the little Paxville Post Office, which was the leftmost in the small strip pictured here. The Pawleys Island Post Office (in those days) was certainly tiny, but the Paxville Post Office managed to both out-tiny and out-decrepit it, and I never saw anything anywhere else to compete either. Although we never stopped to get a closer look back in the day, my impression always was that it was an official US Post Office, and not a contract Post Office.

Finally one trip, I believe it was in the 1990s, I noticed that the place was no longer open. For a time the pictured convenience store serving the intersection had a sign up advertising a contract Post Office which I guess functioned as a replacement, but that no longer seems to be the case, and the USPS web site seems to show the nearest facility is now in Pinewood.

Written by ted on August 30th, 2012

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Piggly Wiggly Store No. 102 / Display Center, 655 Saint Andrews Road: 2001 / 30 November 2011   29 comments

Posted at 1:25 am in closing

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This was the first location for Piggly Wiggly store number 102.

If I have the story straight, then this store closed in 2001, moved and re-opened in the former Harris Teeter at 4350 Saint Andrews Road (and then closed for good).

After that, the Display Center appliance store moved in, and closed on 30 November 2011, leaving an interesting assortment of items behind.

This location is directly across Jamil Road from former Hilltop Restaurant, and in the same plaza as the former Capitol News Stand.

(Hat tip to commenter Andrew)

UPDATE 4 September 2012: Fixed typo in DC closing date.

U. S. Mattress Outlet, 7358 Two Notch Road: 2011   no comments

Posted at 11:33 pm in Uncategorized

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This Dentsville mattress store is listed in the February 2011 phonebook (along with one on Augusta Road), but neither is in the February 2012 phonebook.

Meanwhile, there are lots of spare mattresses at the Ramada Inn.

Written by ted on August 27th, 2012

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Software Seconds, 4508 Saint Andrews Road Suite 3: 2012 (moved)   19 comments

Posted at 1:53 am in Uncategorized

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This little storefront on Saint Andrews Road more or less across from the big industrial plant was in the used software business, presumably mostly games as the text of the (now painted over) marquee is: Software Seconds New & Used Video Games.

Like Labrasca's it has been reported closed before, but this time is definitely the real thing. They are listed in the February 2012 phonebook, so for lack of any better information, I'm just giving the date as 2012.

I don't know about console games, but pretty much anything that runs on a PC platform is pirated out the wazoo on the Internet now, and that puts stores like this one in the same fix as CD stores (and, increasingly, video stores).

UPDATE 27 August 2012 -- The store has moved to 6903 Saint Andrews Road on the other side of Harbison and is still in business.

Written by ted on August 27th, 2012

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Neil Armstrong, Sol System Planet 3: 25 August 2012   3 comments

Posted at 4:15 pm in Uncategorized

What can I say? A thousand years from now, people will know This man's name when everyone else from our era is forgotten.

All I can do is link again what I said here.

Written by ted on August 25th, 2012

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Bojangles 5260 Forest Drive: 20 August 2012   13 comments

Posted at 2:29 am in Uncategorized

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Well, given that I did a Forest Drive Bojangles closing just a few days ago, I don't have too much new to say about this one. My sister tells me that she is nearly sure the store was open on Sunday 19 August 2012, so I'm putting the closing date as the following Monday: 20 August. (These shots were taken on 23 August, but the paper in The State rack was for 21 August).

Despite the total lack of signage, several cars pulled into the lot while I was taking these pix.

(Hat tips to pharman99 & my sister)

p>UPDATE 4 September 2013 -- Well, as reported by commenter Amy, demolition has started:

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UPDATE 13 December 2013 -- Here are some pictures from 10 November 2013 as the new building started going up. I notice they managed to kill the best tree on the lot:

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UPDATE 1 May 2014 -- As mentioned by commenter Ken, this is to be a Panda Express:

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UPDATE 19 June 2014 -- Looks like it's pretty close to opening:

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UPDATE 28 June 2014 -- Panda Express is open:

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Written by ted on August 25th, 2012

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Monterrey Restaurante Mexicano Bar & Grill, 2219 Broad River Road: August 2012   17 comments

Posted at 12:24 am in closing

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Continuing yesterday's Mexican theme -- I have often noted this El Monterrey on Broad River Road, just North of I-20, and thought to myself that it was in an awful location: very close to the I-20 interchange (which is busy, and backs up) but without access to a traffic light.

That turns out not to be exactly true, as I found out when I stopped to take these pictures. In fact, the back of the parking lot has a cut-through into the Economy Inn parking lot, and thence to Briargate Circle, which does have a stop-light. It even looks as though they got enought business from the hotel side (or expected to get enough business from the hotel side) to set up the back of the restaurant with a second facade.

Apart from the access situation, I was never tempted to stop here because in my experience the local Monterrey chain comes in behind the Casa Linda, San Jose and La Fogota chains -- nothing drastic, just not one of my preferred marquees. (And if I was in the general area, I would probably hit El Chico anyway).

(Hat tip to commenter Thomas)

UPDATE 8 April 2014 -- Well, this place tried to open as La Reyna Del Sur, which I take to be a nightclub concept. Literally it means "Queen of the South", and is also the title of a famous Telemundo telenovela (and the novel it is based on). Just from the picture of the lady in question, it appears she was from *very* far south. At any rate, the sign went up, but the club never opened, and now the building is for sale:

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UPDATE 21 July 2016 -- As commenter Andrew mentions, work is going on here. Judging from the interior, it will not be a restaurant, but some sort of office with a front reception counter:

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Also, I'm taking the El off the original post title of El Monterrey Restaurante Mexicano Bar & Grill to make it match the sign and fall in the Alphabetical Closings with the other Monterrey locations.

Is It Just Me?   17 comments

Posted at 12:23 am in Uncategorized

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Or has the Broad River Road / River Drive construction been ongoing since the late 1800s?

UPDATE 9 April 2014 -- And two years later, *still* not done!

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Written by ted on August 24th, 2012

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Qdoba Mexican Grill, 6070-A Garners Ferry Road: Late July 2012   4 comments

Posted at 12:46 am in Uncategorized

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Here's another Qdoba gone. I know the chain has also lost two stores on the Grand Strand in the last few years, so I have to wonder how well they are doing overall. I have to admit that I have not been impressed the three or four times I have stopped at a Qdoba. In particular, the burritos tend to fall apart quite easily and spectacularly, something that almost never happens at my favorite chain in this category, Moe's. (Barberitos is pretty good too, though we have none locally). On the other hand, commenter mamarose who reported this closing says that the Five Points store is doing quite well.

As of 21 August 2012, the electronic billboard near the Rosewood / Garners Ferry intersection was still advertising for the Woodhill location.

(Hat tip to commenter mamarose)

Written by ted on August 23rd, 2012

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