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Gulf Station / Auto Sound Lab, 700 Harden Street: January 1984   1 comment

Posted at 12:19 am in closing

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Commenter Rick sent this picture of his former business some months ago but I was holding onto it until I could dig up some current-ish pictures of the spot for comparison. I actually did take some, but as so often is the case, I can't lay hands on them right now. The ones I did find are from 2011.

Though I must have driven, or been driven, by this spot hundreds of times through the years, I can honestly say I have no recollection whatsoever of this building. I also have no recollection of Harper's being built despite always thinking of it as a "new" place.

Commenter Rick has recently mentioned that X Records was also located on this corner and also knocked down to build Harper's.

(Hat tip to commenter Rick)

UPDATE 1 June 2015: Changed Gas Station in the post title to Gulf Station based on the comments.

Written by ted on May 28th, 2015

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Qdoba Mexican Grill, 2006 Devine Street: 9 May 2015   1 comment

Posted at 1:51 am in closing

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This is the third Qdoba in Columbia to close fairly recently, the other two being on Garners Ferry and Two Notch. WLTX has the story here.

I think the chain may be having troubles in general as google finds a number of closings nationally, and I have also noticed the Surfside location close. I will say that the few times I have tried Qdoba in general (I did not try any of the Columbia stores), I have not been too impressed. In particular, my burrito always fell apart.

I'm not sure whether the architecture of this building is meant to suggest Southwest or Brick Train Station...

(Hat tip to commenter Justin)

UPDATE 26 August 2015 -- As mentioned by commenter James R, Salsarita's is now open in this location:

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Written by ted on May 19th, 2015

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Kentucky Fried Chicken #7, 7228 Parklane Road: 1990s   1 comment

Posted at 2:58 am in closing

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This KFC was gone as early as the February 1997 phonebook, which is the earliest I have at home. As you can see from the ad in the 1976 phonebook, at one time this was store #7 for Kentucky Fried Chicken in Columbia, and at this remove, it's easy to forget that the picture in the ad was that of a living man who still toured the country promoting Kentucky Fried Chicken, despite being unhappy with what corporate had done with his gravy.

(Hat tips to commenters Andrew & Sidney)

Written by ted on May 12th, 2015

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Shakespeare Fish Market, 6301 Shakespeare Road: Early 2015   no comments

Posted at 1:47 am in closing

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I've written about this building before here and here, though sometimes the address is given as 6303 Shakespeare instead of 6301 Shakespeare.

Driving by the other week, I noticed it was vacant again. I'm not sure when Shakespeare Fish Market closed, but there are reviews posted up through October 2014, so I'm erring on the side of caution and saying early 2015.

According to those reviews and this WLTX Golden Spoon video profile, the place was a takeout seafood operation, sourcing fresh seafood from Georgetown.

Written by ted on May 9th, 2015

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Comic Nirvana, 5135 Sunset Boulevard: April 2015 (moved)   1 comment

Posted at 1:02 am in closing

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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 dri
ve 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)

Written by ted on May 7th, 2015

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Hooligan's Deli & Ice Cream, 4880 Forest Drive Suite 26: Early May 2015   1 comment

Posted at 8:29 pm in closing

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Well, I was sorry to see this. Hooligan's has been a long-time presence at Trenholm Plaza, and has continued the ice cream tradition that started in that location with Edisto Farms Dairy.

I didn't go to Hooligan's that often, but they were dependable, and had excellent ice (the chewy kind) for the drinks. At one time, when my eldest niece was in her terrible twos, Hooligan's was the only place my sister could take her out as it was kid friendly, and cranky-kid friendly.

(Hat tip to commenter mamarose)

Bob Andrews Motors, 6167 Saint Andrews Road: 2014   1 comment

Posted at 1:14 am in closing

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I've mentioned the Harden Street and Two Notch locations of Bob Andrews Motors, but I was really unaware that they had this Irmo location on Saint Andrews Road at Seven Oaks Shopping Center.

As is almost mandatory nowdays, the place has become a Title Loan outfit.

(Hat tip to commenter Homer)

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