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Sound Advice / Dugan's Sports Bar / PowerOne Computer Warehouse, 1807 Bush River Road: December 2009   24 comments

Posted at 1:03 am in nightclub,restaurants,stores

PowerOne Computer Warehouse was a rebuilt PC store that I believe opened on Saturday 29 August 2009. I say that with some confidence, because I had taken a bunch of pictures of the nearby The Aquarium & Pet Shop on that day, and stopped in at PowerOne on my walk back over to Fuddruckers where I was eating lunch.

I found them in the midst of something of a mini-crisis because they had not intended to open on 29 August, but there was a printing error in all the flyers that were distributed in the paper forcing them to open several days before they were ready. This meant that almost nothing in the store had a price on it, and in many cases not even of description of the PCs processor speed, amount of RAM, OS version etc. It looked like they had some pretty good stuff in the store, but as I didn't really need anything, I didn't persue the prices of any the systems.

I don't know if the unplanned opening somewhat "wrong-footed" them as the Brits might say, but for whatever reason, they didn't make it to New Years.

I recall seeing Dugan's Sports Bar from time to time as a drove Bush River Road, but I don't know anything about it other than that it preceded PowerOne into the 1807 storefront.

UPDATE 4 Jan 2010: Commenter Jeff notes that home theater company Sound Advice was once in the space.

UPDATE 22 August 2012 -- It appears that the place is preparing to open as one of the many new (and controversial) "Internet Sweepstakes" operations in the Columbia area:

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UPDATE 24 October -- Well the sweepstakes thing never happened; I believe the law came down on all of them before this one got opened. Anyway, it's Sissy's Furniture now.

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Written by ted on January 4th, 2010

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24 Responses to 'Sound Advice / Dugan's Sports Bar / PowerOne Computer Warehouse, 1807 Bush River Road: December 2009'

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  1. There was a home theater company called "Sound Advice" located in that building. I believe they moved over to Boozer a few years back.

    Jeff

    4 Jan 10 at 4:26 pm

  2. Noted and updated, thanks!

    ted

    4 Jan 10 at 4:34 pm

  3. Sound Advice actually originated near where Perkins Cake and Steak was located, on Ashland Road. I remember going in there around 1987 or so when I was in the market for my first CD player, and he "demoed" his system w/ "Wish You Were Here" on $15,000 a pair speakers. I have yet to hear anything else like it, and probably never will.

    Jonathan

    5 Jan 10 at 5:09 pm

  4. The sports bar was shut down because of shootings and being a gang hang out

    Kc

    7 Jan 10 at 8:17 am

  5. This was also a store run by "Returnbuy.com" that sold goods from the old distribution center on US 378 near Lexington Medical Center. That establishment only lasted a few months as well.

    Jason

    9 Jan 10 at 8:11 am

  6. hey i bought a laptop from and they are debiting the payments from my account and I want to pay it off but
    i have no way of contacting them. Do you have any info on them

    Erica

    17 Jan 10 at 12:22 pm

  7. Well, looks like they, or maybe a sister company, still have a web site with a phone no. Don't know if its still valid, but you could try that.

    ted

    17 Jan 10 at 1:23 pm

  8. Power One Computer Warehouse moved to a new location. They did not go out of business. They are now located at 1188 St. Andrews Rd. in Columbia, SC.

    Michael

    15 Apr 11 at 3:47 pm

  9. I do recall this being a ReturnBuy outlet prior to it having the Dugan's Sports Bar. My mom and I browsed there once when it was ReutrnBuy but nothing appealed to us that was there...

    Andrew

    15 Apr 11 at 9:35 pm

  10. This place is still going, still ripping people off and still bankrupt, morally and financially. You'll find it on 3740 Fernandina road

    Disgruntled employee

    10 Oct 11 at 11:43 am

  11. I would have to agree with the previous post by Disgruntled employee they are ripping people off they told me that my laptop was stolen back in July after I took it to get a virus removed and all of a sudden it's stolen. The owner Robert Pachaly constantly gives me the run around and sometimes refuses to take my calls our hangs up in my face. This conant needs to be shut down I am hoping to get help from WLTX 19 on your side. If anyone else is having problems with them please contact me any info would help and be kept confidential.

    Tamara

    9 Nov 11 at 12:52 pm

  12. I'm thinking he kept my laptop for himself it was a practically brand new Dell 1545 Inspiron purple in color!

    Tamara

    9 Nov 11 at 12:57 pm

  13. Please reply with any current information on Robert Pachaly - location etc. I will watch for it.

    Richard

    8 Mar 12 at 10:37 am

  14. they are at 400 N E drive M columbia 29203

    angie

    10 Mar 12 at 1:26 am

  15. Tamara,

    Please contact me I have a laptop that they took in January that is just over a year old and they will not give me back. I want my laptop and my money back and I can not get anyone to return my calls.

    Michelle

    10 Apr 12 at 3:04 pm

  16. Anyone know who the owner of this outfit is and how to contact them? They owe me money since Feb 2012, and I need to know who to sue.

    Pissed off

    27 Aug 12 at 3:08 pm

  17. Bob advertised in classified publications from Florida to New York his $79 laptop repair "business." It's incredible that he continues to take people's laptops, doesn't return them, and seems to have no fear of justice whatsoever.

    I've been waiting since June 2012 and get one story after another. Now the phone rings twice, clicks, and goes busy, whether its the Authorized Laptop Repair # or the SOS Laptop repair number.

    It would be so easy for local media or local authorities to go undercover and nab this guy for the thief that he is. But frankly, I wouldn't mind a southerner near there to just show him some "southern hospitality."

    KJ

    30 Aug 12 at 3:35 pm

  18. Bob advertised in classified publications from Florida to New York his $79 laptop repair "business." It's incredible that he continues to take people's laptops, doesn't return them, and seems to have no fear of justice whatsoever.

    I've been waiting since June 2012 and get one story after another. Now the phone rings twice, clicks, and goes busy, whether its the Authorized Laptop Repair # or the SOS Laptop repair number.

    It would be so easy for local media or local authorities to go undercover and nab this guy for the thief that he is. But frankly, I wouldn't mind a southerner near there to just show him some "southern hospitality."

    KJ

    30 Aug 12 at 3:35 pm

  19. Long story but he owed me a bunch of money and I had to sic the Irmo magistrate on him. I finally got paid in little checks over many months.

    Dennis

    30 Aug 12 at 4:47 pm

  20. Do noy do any service work for these clowns.
    They will not pay. They owe me $2700.00 for telephone service work I did in Feb. 2012.They move from Fernidina rd to 400 Northeast dr., And now are at 3005 broad river rd. They move every few months to stay ahead of creditors.
    They will be at this loc. unti Jan 13,2013. Nedd to get a class action lawsuit against these crooks. Any takers?

    Tony smith

    9 Jan 13 at 7:47 pm

  21. This guy (Bob Bruce Pachaly) closes sales with a promise of a two or three day turn-around for PC repairs. The instant a PC arrives, he calls to bill for the "repairs" and promises immediate return shipment. The PC will sit there for weeks/months/years while those who have been lured into the trap call in frustration over and over....
    Beware: I have personally witnessed customers, UPS, FedEx, private contractors, labor-providers (Trojan of Columbia, S.C.), telecom companies, employees, real estate dealers, credit-card processors and others get pulled in and defrauded. Bob WILL NOT PAY for services rendered.
    Wanna Flash Mob the business and get your property back?
    bludgard69@yahoo.com

    BLUDGARD

    17 Apr 13 at 7:38 am

  22. Hello everyone my name is Kyle of course, anyhow I have a lot of things pending on him and have a lot of answers. I am trying to take this scam artist down as fast as possible. If anyone wants to reach me please call me at 803-708-4959. I worked as a self contractor for this piece of crap guy and he called the police on me because he didn't want to pay me. I want to gather as much info and whatever else I can to take him down and to make sure he never does this again to anyone else. This makes me sick thinking about it. Thank you and I will answer what I can.

    Kyle Chatmon

    20 May 13 at 6:20 pm

  23. Hello everyone my name is Kyle of course, anyhow I have a lot of things pending on him and have a lot of answers. I am trying to take this scam artist down as fast as possible. If anyone wants to reach me please call me at 803-708-4959. I worked as a self contractor for this piece of crap guy and he called the police on me because he didn't want to pay me. I want to gather as much info and whatever else I can to take him down and to make sure he never does this again to anyone else. This makes me sick thinking about it. Thank you and I will answer what I can.

    Kyle Chatmon

    20 May 13 at 6:20 pm

  24. This guy has been banned from lowes and Home Depot trying to scam deals calling assiciates lieds demanding 70% discounts crazy crazy crazy scammer and still at it complaints back to 09 on him probably sooner and still able to operate and own buisness in SCand multiple other states he's planning on opening 3 new stores this week! I don't know if they are computer relate but he's still scamming people he should be shut down for good the amount of complaints he has on him I mean his name comes up way too quickly in google and is on many many scam websites!!! HE MUST BE STOPPED!

    Kym

    31 Mar 14 at 2:49 am

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