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Popeyes Chicken & Biscuits, 542 Knox Abbott Drive: 1970s   7 comments

Posted at 12:16 am in historic,restaurants

I'm pretty sure this building, on the North side of Knox Abbott Drive just past Silver City was once a Popeyes Chicken & Biscuits. I think various folks have tagged it as such in the comments, and it has that odd "Why not cover our store with a facade of fake rocks?" 1970s look of the other two older Popeyes locations in Columbia that I know of: This one on Farrow Road and this much restauranted building on Decker Boulevard (which has actually just had the rock facade ripped off in the last month or so).

Currently the building hosts the Vacuum Center vacuum cleaner store, but I'm unsure if this was the immediate follow on to Popeyes or if there were one or more other tenants intervening. I have the vague feeling that Vacuum Center may once have been in Parkland Plaza and that I may have bought a reconditioned Electrolux from them, but that may have been another store entirely. Popeyes in the meantime is still around in some form and has Columbia Stores on Augusta Road and Garners Ferry Road. (And, yes, they spell it without an apostrophe, which really grates on me..)

Written by ted on November 8th, 2009

7 Responses to 'Popeyes Chicken & Biscuits, 542 Knox Abbott Drive: 1970s'

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  1. That was definitely a Popeye's Fried Chicken when it was originally built. Also, are you sure those are fake rocks? I seem to remember they were big chunks of volcanic rock.

    E.J.

    8 Nov 09 at 9:45 am

  2. Actually, no -- I was just assuming they were fake. And we all know what happens when you assume..

    I'll have to go tap on them sometime :-)

    ted

    8 Nov 09 at 2:33 pm

  3. Well, if you're looking for Popeyeses, there used to be one on Sunset. Coming from 277 just past where the Sam's used to be, and the train tracks. It's now a Chinese restaurant. And that double period grates me!

    Nobody

    9 Nov 09 at 1:23 am

  4. I believe it was a sewing machine center before it was a vacuum shop. The sewing machine center went to an old appliance store on 12th street and the Vacuum center moved from Parkland Plaza.

    jamie

    9 Nov 09 at 8:18 am

  5. I have a feeling Silver City was in here and they switched buildings with the vacuum store.

    Mr Bill

    10 Nov 09 at 10:29 am

  6. I don't think so. Silver City was originally in a storefront just above 9th street. As I recall it, they moved after a fire there.

    ted

    10 Nov 09 at 11:30 am

  7. Yeah, I'm wanting to say it was next to the liquor store that's next to AARO rentals, but couldn't swear to it. i don't recall a fire.

    jamie

    10 Nov 09 at 3:10 pm

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