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Pier 1 Imports, 6090 Garners Ferry Road Suite D: July 2020   no comments

Posted at 10:56 pm in closing

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I have written about Pier 1 Imports before and don't have much to say about this store. I think I was inside once some ten years or so ago. The whole chain is in bankruptcy now and all the stores are shutting. Wikipedia says they are still hoping for a buyer to keep the online side of the brand alive, but to me that seems like a longshot.

Moonshiners Patio Bar & Grill, 1345 Old Chapin Road: June 2020   2 comments

Posted at 10:23 pm in closing

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Commenter ED pointed out this COVID related closing saying:

it is doubtful it is a location you would stumble upon

and that is definitely true. This place is way past The Flight Deck on Old Chapin Road on a peninsula in Lake Murray on the way to what looks to be a private island. The area is rural and quite nice looking to me.

I really like the wood paneling in this building too.

(Hat tip to commenter Ed)

Written by ted on June 29th, 2020

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Papa Gio's, 109 Old Chapin Road Suite J: December 2019   no comments

Posted at 11:09 pm in closing

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This spot at the Flight Deck complex has gone through a number of pizza restaurants since I became aware of it. In particular, I have done closings for Brix Bistro / The Bistro. I noticed only fairly recently that Papa Gio's was there, finding them while I was there to get pictures of something else.

Early during the COVID-19 crisis, I saw another pizza restaurant advertising by the roadside when I drove by: Ferrara Pizza & Pasta. Judging from the Yelp reviews, they started in early March 2020, so I'm guessing probably Papa Gio's moved out with the end of the year in 2019, though it could have been later.

Papa Gio's continues to have locations on Broad River Road and farther out on August Highway (US-1) in the old Allstar Pizza location.

Written by ted on June 26th, 2020

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Creech & Creed Serrus Real Estate Services, 718 Santee Avenue: 2019   1 comment

Posted at 12:00 am in closing

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Creech & Creed were in the old Five Points Bookshop storefront on Santee Avenue. You can see their branding in this shot at a somewhat out-of-date area directory. Their Yelp page, suggests they may have moved in here around 2014 (the bookstore closed in 2012). Google Streetview shows the sign gone by August of 2019, however, the inside picture above (which is really too blurry to tell too much) looks like it may have been more like some sort of antique shop moving out when I took the pictures back in March of 2020, so there may have been another store in here at one point.

Written by ted on June 26th, 2020

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Family Video / Firehouse Subs / DigitalDoc, 4546 Hardscrabble Road: 17 May 2020 (etc)   9 comments

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Written by ted on June 25th, 2020

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International House Of Pancakes, 1031 Assembly Street: March 2020   4 comments

Posted at 12:57 am in closing

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Well, here's another casualty of COVID-19.

ColaDaily reports that both the Assembly Street and Lexington IHOPs will not be reopening after closing for the crisis.

This site last featured here when the old classic-look store was torn down and rebuilt in 2013. I confess that I had given up on this location well before the closure in March. I have always appreciated IHOP as a good late-night place for comfort food, and I really like the Harvest Grain & Nut Pancakes. However, it seemed to me that every time I went here after the rebuild, I had some kind of issue. Either I couldn't get seated, or couldn't get waited on, or couldn't get anyone to take my money on the way out. Then there was the time the restaurant was full and apparently only one one kitchen staffer had shown up. I have had much better luck on Two Notch, but they are not open late, so my midnight runs seem to end up at Applebee's these days (well, "these days" before the current unpleasantness).

(Hat tip to commenter Heath)

Written by ted on June 24th, 2020

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Floor Boys Flooring Professionals, 5001 Sunset Boulevard: 2019 (Moved)   1 comment

Posted at 11:24 pm in closing

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I can't find out exactly when Floor Boys moved to 1728 North Lake Drive, but I'm thinking it was probably last year, or I would have noticed it sooner.

LoopNet says the building was put up in 1994 and that it sits on 27 acres with a warehouse, which I certainly would not have guessed. To me it looks more like it was originally built as a house, but it does have that front entrance canopy.

Written by ted on June 22nd, 2020

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Bruce Munro: Southern Light, Brookgreen Gardens: 6 June 2020   1 comment

Posted at 8:15 pm in closing

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Due to scheduling issues of one sort and another, I did not get to Brookgreen Gardens Nights of 1000 Candles in 2019, so I was looking forward to seeing the Bruce Munro Southern Light installation this Spring. Well, then there was, of course, COVID-19, and that was put on hold for a while.

Now however, the display is up and running, and I found a chance to take it in on 6 June 2020. It was one of those unseasonably cool nights we have had this Spring, so the bugs were down, but it was still very comfortable, and there was also a beautiful full moon to go with the lights. My favorite part was towards the last of this set of pictures, a profusion of small color-changing bulbs on stalks planted across one of the more open and less sculpture-studded sections of the gardens. I felt as though I could probably have sat out there for some hours, but as the display closes at 11pm, I had to move on out before I was quite ready.

The exhibition runs from 8pm-11pm through September, so if you are in the area, it's well worth checking out.

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Martin Chiropractic Group / Ritz Hair Salon II, 3525 Bush River Road: 2020   1 comment

Posted at 11:39 pm in closing

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Google tags this spot as "temporarily closed", but there is a real estate sign in front now, so my guess is they closed during the initial stages of COVID-19 and were not able to hang on until the reopening of barber shops and salons a few weeks ago.

Looking for this address also turns up a LoopNet page which reveals it was also formerly a Chiropractor's office.

Written by ted on June 18th, 2020

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Insurance Masters, 380 Saint Andrews Road: 2019   1 comment

Posted at 11:52 pm in closing

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This building, in a former Clusters Of Whitehall outparcel, is a former TD Bank. After the bank moved, Insurance Masters set up shop and painted the building a nice cheery Blue Cross blue. For some reason, after they left the building was repainted with drab green, and currently sits empty.

Although LoopNet is not currently offering the property, they do state it was built in 1970, which means it certainly did not start as a TD Bank, as they only came to town within the last ten years or so. They also state the vault is still inside, which is not surprising, as those can be pretty hard to get rid of.

Written by ted on June 17th, 2020

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