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Convienience Store / Waters Van & Car Rentals / El Monte RV / Rawls Auto Auction Inc, 2123 Augusta Road: 2000s   7 comments

Posted at 3:22 am in stores

Well, I have to admit this is a pretty non-descript former gas station, but I'm a little curious as to what it was. The place is on the south side of Augusta Road (US 1) in West Columbia just before it joins up with Jarvis Klapman Boulevard. It appeared to me that the location would be something of a pain to get in and out of, so that may have had something to do with the place being empty. I know that this is around 2100 Augusta Road, and Google Streetview suggests it's about 2176 (though it should be an odd street number, I think) but I'm unable to google up any information on street numbers in that range..

UPDATE 7 December 2009: Thanks to commenter Badger, I've got the street address (2123) and a pointer to a business. That and google let me change the post title from "Gas Station" to the list currently at top now.

"Rawls Auto Auction Inc"? Hmm.. "You'll never find.... Another car like mine.."

UPDATE 15 Jan 2011 -- It's now Beer & Tobacco Outlet:

Written by ted on December 6th, 2009

7 Responses to 'Convienience Store / Waters Van & Car Rentals / El Monte RV / Rawls Auto Auction Inc, 2123 Augusta Road: 2000s'

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  1. It served as a rental car place for a while.

    jamie

    7 Dec 09 at 8:31 am

  2. I lived near here roughly 10 - 20 years ago and probably stopped by a dozen times or less. Nothing really special about it. Just a get&go. I think it suffered a similar fate as the USA station at Dutch Square. That is after 4 cars pulled in; there wasn't any room for more. Only it took longer for this one to die.
    There was a time when one could buy a gas station anywhere & make money & sell to another person who could expect to make money, etc. Now only lots with plenty of pumps in the right location seem to make it. Once they put the BP on the corner near the old Kroger's, that was the death knell for this one.
    The irony is that now there's a new strip mall just completed next door. I am curious to see how it will do with a Chik-fil-a as the anchor.

    John R

    7 Dec 09 at 2:12 pm

  3. You can see the sign that says "Waters Used" (cars), which I think it was for about 10 years. Before that it was a convenience store, but I don't recall exactlhy which one. The address appears to have been 2123.

    badger

    7 Dec 09 at 4:41 pm

  4. Ah, cool. That street address gives me "Waters Van & Car Rentals" and maybe "El Monte Rv" and "Rawls Auto Auction Inc".

    I'll update the post title

    ted

    7 Dec 09 at 4:57 pm

  5. re:
    now there’s a new strip mall just completed next door. I am curious to see how it will do with a Chik-fil-a as the anchor.

    Yah I think when strip all fills up, last time I drove by, still just 2 out of 8 or 10 units occupied, this location will become desirable again for redevelopment.

    Maybe another 5-Guys a la what they did at the old gas station turned 5 guys on Forest Acres

    Mike D

    7 Dec 09 at 7:44 pm

  6. I used to live not too far from here as a kid. I remember it was a Conoco gas station for a while, and before that I think it was a Jet gas station.

    TahoeChic

    10 Feb 10 at 2:03 pm

  7. It is now The Beer Store.

    jamie

    7 Oct 10 at 12:42 pm

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