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The Cliff Apartments, 1321 Whaley Street: Early March 2021   4 comments

Posted at 11:08 pm in closing

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I was only vaguely aware of The Cliff Apartments when I was at USC, though apparently they had been open for several years at that point. They, along with the Bates-es were just on a side of campus I never had any reason to go to. Now USC has razed the building as part of a plan for a new "Campus Village".

The State has the story here and here. Apparently students were forced out of these dorms in the middle of the year to save construction costs by not holding off on the work. In the event, they seem to be several months behind schedule tearing this place down, and I expect the pandemic played into it. Bates & Bates West are also on the block for the next phase of the project.

I don't know. To me it seems like the campus area has been vastly overbuilt in the last several years. I just don't see enrolement continuing to grow as it has, especially with the total game-changer of remote classes during this last year. We'll see.

(Hat tip to commenter Sidney)

Written by ted on March 24th, 2021

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McDonald's Hamburgers / University Motor Company, 633 South Assembly Street: 2018 (Merged)   no comments

Posted at 10:40 pm in closing

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I noticed the other day that this old McDonald's at the corner of Assembly & Rosewood across from the Fairgrounds is vacant. The last tenant was University Motor Company, which apparently moved in sometime around 2010, and in 2018 merged with Bluff Road Auto Sales with the combined operation at 1400 Bluff Road.

The Flower Botique, 7832 Two Notch Road: 2017-ish (Moved)   no comments

Posted at 11:17 pm in closing

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When I took these pictures, I was thinking this spot was PC Corner, but it turned out I had already done a closing on that, and anyway, it was two suites over. This looks to have been The Flower Botique, which has apparently moved to 8816 Two Notch. It turns out I did have a picture of that from a different closing, it's just not a very good one:

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(Click through and look all the way to the left..)

Norton Car Stereo, 3326 Two Notch Road: October 2020   5 comments

Posted at 11:23 pm in closing

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I thought about going to Norton a few times, but they weren't open on Saturday, and Best Buy was, so that was the deciding factor there. I was a bit surprised to notice that there was a closing sign on the door (which I thought I took a picture of) saying they were shutting down temporarily due to COVID-19, but when I did a google search, I found that the building went on the market in October.

As far as I know the Broad River Road location is still open.

UPDATE 22 March 2021 -- Here are the pictures of the door sign I mentioned:

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Written by ted on March 19th, 2021

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Frank's Discount Tire, 910 East Main Street: Spring 2018   no comments

Posted at 10:30 pm in closing

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According to commenter JamesR, all the Frank's locations were acquired by Tire Engineers but before they could fully convert to that branding, Tire Engineers was bought by Mavis. There is a bit more information here.

(Hat tip to commenter JamesR)

Written by ted on March 18th, 2021

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Stride Rite, 471 Town Center Place Suite 5: 2020   no comments

Posted at 11:31 pm in closing

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I can't find out anything about this Sandhill Stride Rite shoe location except that it is no longer listed on the company's website, although I did learn that Sperry is a Stride Rite brand, which I had not known before.

Since I can find no other information, I'm going to list the closing date as 2020 under the assumption they might have been victims of the lockdowns.

Written by ted on March 17th, 2021

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Goodfellas Grill & Bar, 760 US-378: Spring 2020 (Moved)   no comments

Posted at 10:27 pm in closing

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When I went out to get pictures of the new PK BBQ location, and of the old Bi-Lo, I drove by Goodfellas on the way. I did not realize at the time that they had just recently moved to 630 Hwy 378 and had previously been in the current PK BBQ storefront. Judging by google reviews, the move took place some time around May of 2020 and when I went back to get these pictures, it appeared they are doing quite a good business in the new location.

(Hat tip to commenter Andy)

Written by ted on March 16th, 2021

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Jos A. Banks, 481 Town Center Place Suite 7: Late Summer 2020   no comments

Posted at 11:51 pm in closing

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I can't find anything in the local media about this Jos A. Banks location in Sandhill, but going by the google reviews, it closed sometime around August of 2020. The chain has had some difficulty lately, but the parent company, which also owns Mens Warehouse has Just exited Chapter 11, so perhaps things are on the upswing.

There are two remaining Banks in the Midlands, one in Harbison, and one at Trenholm Plaza.

Written by ted on March 15th, 2021

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Your Money   3 comments

Posted at 11:40 pm in commentary

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YOUR MONEY ON WINDOWS:

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ANY QUESTIONS?

Written by ted on March 12th, 2021

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Hibachi Grill, 2343 Augusta Road: 2020   no comments

Posted at 10:50 pm in closing

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While I was checking out Bi-Lo, I noticed that this Hibachi storefront in the same plaza was vacant. I can't find out much about it -- there is only one Yelp review, but I'm going to guess it was another COVID-19 casualty.

Written by ted on March 11th, 2021

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