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Thrifty Mart / Food Town / Food Lion / Discount Books / Spherion / Call Center, 1313 Bush River Road: 1990s etc   9 comments

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I've posted this building before, but for a store which was actually in Boozer Shopping Center. Now that the building has been completely remodeled and is open as Auto Zone, I'm taking the opportunity to make a post which more correctly describes its history.

You can look at the comments on this post (which I need to totally revamp and correct) for some of that history, and this article describes the sale of the property to Auto Zone and mentions the call center tenant (which was not Spherion, which commenter Adder tags as a temp contractor).

Written by ted on December 5th, 2014

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  1. This isn't just any old Autozone. It's also a huge warehouse that services the local Autozone locations... that means you can get parts there that other parts store locations don't normally stock.

    Eddie In Irmo

    5 Dec 14 at 7:08 am

  2. This building originally opened as Thrifty Mart in 1968 or 69, and after a couple of years give or take, it became Food Town which was based in Charlotte, NC . Then due to problems with the name or logo or something, it became Food Lion in it's final stage, but dont think it was ever Food Lion at this location..not sure though.

    Del Bazemore

    20 Nov 17 at 6:47 pm

  3. @Del - I don't remember the Thrifty Mart at all. I do recall the Food Town. Did it close when the one on St. Andrews Rd. opened? It was a Food Town before becoming a Food Lion if memory serves. Speaking of the one on St. Andrews; wasn't it originally a Colonial Stores or something like that?


    21 Nov 17 at 6:44 pm

  4. The only Colonial Stores I remember was in West Columbia/Cayce area in the Parkland Shopping Center, a small one at the far right end of the old Sears Building, and I think there was one across the street from Trenholm Plaza. But what became Food Town originally opened as Thrifty Mart..I think in 1969. I was around for a short time, but wasnt much out that way back then. There used to be a Mr. Doughnut across the street from it too. There's not a lot of people that would remember Thrifty Mart over there unless you lived in that area back then.

    Del Bazemore

    23 Nov 17 at 12:38 am

  5. Meant to say IT was around..not I was around.

    Del Bazemore

    23 Nov 17 at 12:39 am

  6. Homer, the grocery stores you're referring to were before my time but I can tell you that the Seven Oaks Shopping Center Food Lion page does discuss them in further detail...


    23 Nov 17 at 9:38 am

  7. Wasn't there a Colonial store at the old Richland Mall?


    24 Nov 17 at 1:18 am

  8. I checked with my Mom and, yes, the Food Town/Lion that was in Seven Oaks Shopping Center did start out as a Colnial Stores.


    25 Nov 17 at 11:07 pm

  9. Yes, Joel, there was a Colonial Store at the original Richland Mall.

    59 Ford Wheelman

    26 Nov 17 at 10:01 am

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