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GNC General Nutrition Center, 1320 Bush River Suite 3C: 2019-ish   no comments

Posted at 11:21 pm in closing


Mostly you should not expect many "new" closings during this odd hiatus, and this is no exception:

This GNC was in the Walmart center on Bush River Road. I'm not sure when it closed. I have looked back several years in phonebooks, but don't see it listed. Unfortunately, I did not get a book last year or this, so it could be very recent. I will just say 2019-ish for now.

Written by ted on March 30th, 2020

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Whither Forward?   no comments

Posted at 12:45 am in commentary


As you have noticed, there have not been many posts in the past week or so.

While we are not under lock-down as a lot of other areas are, I have naturally been staying pretty close to home and not going out that much. I don't think this situation can last indefinitely, for one thing at some point the economy is destroyed and in some harsh calculus you have negated any good you might have done, but for the duration posts here will probably be pretty sparse.

I encourage everyone to continue commenting, either on this post, comment-appropriate posts or in Have Your Say, and to be careful and stay well.

Written by ted on March 26th, 2020

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Steak 'n Shake, 1331 Roberts Branch Parkway: 8 March 2020   9 comments

Posted at 12:40 am in closing










Well, I had to go out to mail something the other day, and decided I might as well check out the Steak n' Shake in Blythewood.

There has already been some discussion of this in various comments, with commenter Sidney putting this down to the classic real-estate trifecta: Location, location, location!. I'm sure that has something to do with it, but I believe the chain is having trouble in general. In particular, I know they exited Myrtle Beach last year and were having lots of problems even before the current mess.

The linked article says they closed 107 restaurants that "could not deliver excellent customer service" in 2019, so something is going on. Wikipedia says they adopted a new franchaise model in 2018, so perhaps that is not working out for them. Apparently some restaurants will re-open as counter-service only operations -- I do not know if this one will be among that group.

I have never eaten at a Steak n' Shake -- Columbia's only other one closed years ago, and has been razed -- but it has always been on my list to try someday. Oh well.

(Hat tip to commenter Shut it Down)

Written by ted on March 26th, 2020

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Stay Well Out There Folks   no comments

Posted at 11:09 pm in commentary


Written by ted on March 17th, 2020

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The Upside, Such As It Is   3 comments

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Written by ted on March 16th, 2020

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Aladdin Mediterranean Groceries & Restaurant, 655 Saint Andrews Road: Late 2018   no comments

Posted at 12:44 am in closing


Aladdin occupied the spot formerly allocated to the Saint Andrews branch of Capitol Newsstand, and was apparently more of a grocery than a restaurant, at least according to both their name and their Yelp reviews.

I had thought they had closed several years ago, but I see they listed in the 2018 phonebook, so I will say "2018" for the closing date. They have been replaced by one of the inexplicable raft of new crab restaurants in town.

UPDATE 21 November 2020: Updated tags

Frank's Discount Tire, 1607 Fairlane Drive: 2018   3 comments

Posted at 11:00 pm in closing







I noticed recently that Frank's Discount Tire on Fairlane Drive is now Mavis Discount Tire. I don't have any experience with either business, but I have to say Frank's had the nicer sign. Of course I'm a sucker for neon.

UPDATE 18 March 2021: Edited the tags.

Tripp's Fine Cleaners, 655 Saint Andrews Road: Early 2020   1 comment

Posted at 11:58 pm in closing






As mentioned by commenter Andrew, Tripp's Fine Cleaners have closed their Saint Andrews Road location. Looking at their sign, I think the closest next location to here is probably the old Piggly Wiggly location on Lake Murray Boulevard.

(Hat tip to commenter Andrew)

UPDATE 21 November 2020: Updated tags.

UPDATE 25 January 2022 -- Now Greedy Rascals, a hot dog arcade(?):



UPDATE 1 February 2024: Updating tags.

Top Shelf Tavern / Home Team Tavern, 5122 Bush River Road: Mid February 2020   3 comments

Posted at 12:19 am in closing












This old Hardee's building has had a number of incarnations over the years. I apparently totally missed the Top Shelf Tavern phase which commenter Andrew pointed out in the Hardee's comments, but now the follow-on operation to that, Home Team Tavern is also gone and the place back on the market.

Judging by the Facebook Page, they were still doing events on 15 February 2020, so I'm marking the closing as "Mid February".

UPDATE 15 September 2020 -- As mentioned in the comments, this place is working to open as Amora Sports Bar & Grill:




Written by ted on March 11th, 2020

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Anyone Get A 2020 Phonebook?   no comments

Posted at 1:28 am in commentary


They usually come out in February, but I didn't get one, and I haven't seen any thrown in front-yards by the roadside..

Written by ted on March 10th, 2020


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