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Hardee's, 415 Columbia Avenue (Lexington): August 2015 (moved)   3 comments

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As mentioned by a number of commenters over the last several months (and in this State article), the Hardee's location at 415 Columbia Avenue in Lexington in front of the Bi-Lo has moved to 1105 West Main Street and the former building has been razed.

The razed spot will be rebuilt as a Captain D's. The new Hardee's site is the former location of Clamp's BP Station.

UPDATE 11 December 2015 -- The construction of the Captain D's on this spot has started:

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UPDATE 8 June 2016 -- Here is the new location for this Hardee's:

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3 Responses to 'Hardee's, 415 Columbia Avenue (Lexington): August 2015 (moved)'

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  1. Date: Wed, 16 Sep 2015 12:38:30 +0000
    Author: John R

    Comment:
    I think it's worth noting that this Hardees occupied this spot for over 40 years. Growing up in Lexington, we had two choices for getting a burger. Hite's at the corner of Main & Old Chapin or the A&W at the intersection of Hwy 6 & 378 where the KFC is now.

    When Hardees arrived about 1974; it was a big deal.

    Date: Wed, 16 Sep 2015 13:04:04 +0000
    Author: ED

    Comment:
    I hated to see this location go, it was a lot more convenient then their new address. Besides a newer store, not sure why they moved. It was good to see how fast they tore the old one down and got the space cleared off, there are enough abandoned buildings without adding another. They need to find something to do with the closed Hardeeb@s in the 900 block of South Lake drive, near I-20. That location has been closed and boarded up for 8 years now.
    @John R - Do you remember when Rush's came to Lexington? I was thinking late 70's - early 80's.

    Date: Thu, 17 Sep 2015 05:16:47 +0000
    Author: Homer

    Comment:
    @ED - speaking of Rush's, I still wonder how much cleanup they had to do on that property after Herndon Chevrolet was there all those years. Lord only knows how many gallons of oil, gas and other toxic messes had seeped into the ground.

    Date: Thu, 17 Sep 2015 06:03:14 +0000
    Author: Andrew

    Comment:
    I agree with ED about the Hardee's near Red Bank. I developed a full understanding of what's where in Red Bank around 2007/08ish when Walmart at Shoppes at White Knoll was taking shape. That entire time the old (what looked like to me at least) former Hardee's has been vacant all these years and making me wish someone could raze it and build something suitable stemming from its close proximity to I-20 (perhaps a gas station/restaurant combo that people can stop in at and get back on the road...

    I can't imagine Herndon Chevrolet requiring the type of cleanup Homer speaks of or that they were even around where Rush's currently is...it sends an implication of a gas station to me.

    Date: Thu, 17 Sep 2015 08:38:25 +0000
    Author: Homer

    Comment:
    Cmon, Andrew. Herndon Chevrolet sat on that corner for years upon years. Back in the day no one had ever heard of the concept of recycling. When you took your car in for servicing all of the antifreeze, oil, gas, brake fluid, grease, tires, batteries, etc. were collected and hauled to the back corners of the property to sit. That's why there were none of the disposal fees we deal with today. The dealer did his own 'disposals'.

    Most of these old dealerships had small auto graveyards on the property as well. And they were leaking whatever precious fluids they may have had in reserve.

    These cars were kept out back for a couple of reasons. Some belonged to the mechanics who were using them as project cars in their spare time and the others were used as parts cars.

    Believe it or not, people used to opt for used parts over new ones simply for the cost difference. Back then if you got 100K miles out of a car you were lucky. So if you had 75K on the car, just stick a used master cylinder or a steering box, etc, that you found 'out back'.

    Not to piss off any mechanics that are currently in the trade, but the guys from the 60's and 70's were the best of the bunch. No computer diagnostics and other BS telling them what's wrong and what parts to replace (always new).

    Old day scenario - Hey Mr. Jones - we found a leak in your fuel pump and a problem with your oil pressure sending unit. We pulled a used fuel pump off of a car in the back and rebuilt it. Total charge...

    Used fuel pump - $10.00
    Rebuild kit - $5.00
    New sending unit - $25.00
    Labor - $50.00
    Total - $95.00

    New day scenario - Hey Mr Jones - we found a leak in your fuel pump and a problem with your oil pressure sending unit. The computer diagnostic recommended that we replace the fuel pump and the oil pressure sending unit. Just to let you know, in order to replace the fuel pump we have to drop rear axle and remove the fuel tank to get to it and we will have to pull the entire fuel injection/intake manifold assembly to replace the oil pressure sensor. Total charge...

    Computer diagnostic - $100.00
    New fuel pump - $500.00
    New sending unit - $50.00
    Labor - $1200.00
    Total - $1850.00

    GOD BLESS THE 70'S!!!!!!

    Date: Thu, 17 Sep 2015 12:52:08 +0000
    Author: John R

    Comment:
    @ED, I'm just guessing but I think it was the mid 80s before Rush's came to town. The Hardees was the only burger franchise for a long time. Lexington had a big growth spurt during the 80s and then things settled down for a while. I know Hite's was still around during the 80s. I believe it was the early or mid 90s before they finally sold out.

    Date: Thu, 17 Sep 2015 20:14:01 +0000
    Author: Andrew

    Comment:
    By the time I came along many of the disposal laws that regulate how motor oil and tires are disposed of were already in place and I frankly don't think it's a bad thing as I think we need to be more diligent about recycling stuff than we currently are (plus I've always known Herndon Chevrolet to be where they currently are)...most sanitation companies have gone to biweekly recycling which doesn't sit well with me, either.

    Date: Fri, 18 Sep 2015 23:13:46 +0000
    Author: Rick

    Comment:
    Herndon Chevy sat at that corner until around 1983. I knew David Herdon well. David is current owner after his Father. I bought a new 1977 Z28 from David. I did most of Herndons car Stereo work back in the kage70's.

    Date: Sat, 19 Sep 2015 03:16:43 +0000
    Author: Homer

    Comment:
    Hey Rick, I bought my '79 Z-28 from Herndon as well. I can't remember the name of the salesman. He grew up with my Dad. For some reason the name Looney keeps coming to mind.

    Date: Sat, 19 Sep 2015 03:18:20 +0000
    Author: Homer

    Comment:
    And my '82 Z-28, POS that it was...

    ted

    16 Sep 15 at 12:38 pm

  2. Ok folks Lexington's Captain D's is now open here...I ate here and was impressed with how well oiled everything seemed...

    Andrew

    14 Feb 16 at 10:40 pm

  3. One of my friends at work commented to me last Friday on the new Captain D's in Lexington. He told me that it seemed like a nice cross between a fast food place an a traditional restaurant. And the food was excellent. Like I have said before we NEED one of these in Irmo!!

    He also told me that the Harbor Inn over there was going downhill fast. Can't comment as I have not eaten there in years. Anyone else care to comment?

    Homer

    15 Feb 16 at 1:57 am

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