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JackSon's Southern Kitchen, Richland Mall: 28 November 2016 (moved)   16 comments

Posted at 12:41 am in closing









Since S & S moved out of this Richland Mall slot, nothing has stuck, with both Sadie's and now Jackson's moving on.

In this case we have a move instead of a closing, and JackSon's should now be open at 1213 Sunset Boulevard, which is, of course, the former location of Ms. B's Southern Kitchen and The Southern Skillet.

Man, this wing of the Mall is creepy empty now!



I think they want you to go left.

(Hat tip to commenter Mr. BO)

UPDATE 23 January 2017 -- I got by the new location on Sunset last weekend. Apparently they are still not quite open:




Written by ted on December 8th, 2016

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  1. They were doing pretty good business there, but the mall wasn't keeping up with repairs. Ceiling tiles not getting replaced and such.

    The doors have been a perennial problem. I can only think that the threat of a fire marshal will get them to fix it.


    8 Dec 16 at 4:26 am

  2. I wish Richland Mall's current, or future owners would demolish most of it and redevelop it back into a smaller open air mall (Trenholm Plaza stuck to it's guns back in the mall craze days and look how well it is doing now), albeit a modern one in the mold of the live, work, play model with apts, office space, retail, movie theater, and restaurants.
    Richland Mall is such a large ugly mass of concrete and so cumbersome to get around. The parking garage has always been a hassle to park in and maneuver.
    So much potential with no vision nor capital to modernize it. Get young professionals back to living and in Forest Acres.
    There is so much success with these models in and around Atlanta right now. I really think it would translate well in the RM space and help revive that corridor of Forest Drive & Beltline to AC Flora.


    8 Dec 16 at 12:42 pm

  3. I've been wondering when they were finally going to open up in West Columbia. Hope it is as good as Mrs. B's was!

    April Blake

    8 Dec 16 at 7:25 pm

  4. @palmettoconnection you make it sound like you want a Sandhills at Richland Mall. As long as Kahn doesn't have anything to do with it, I think it would work. Sandhills, in a business sense, is such a failure. There are still several places in Sandhills that have never had a tenant. I heard that he charges way too much for rent. I think if there were more choices of sit-down restaurants, it would do better. Maybe like right in the middle. Instead of just Wild Wing Cafe, have like an Outback Steakhouse, Longhorn's, Ruby Tuesday's or others right in the center of Sandhills. Idk, just a thought.

    I've already posted my vision for Richland Mall. Several sit-down restaurants (like 10 or more), some night clubs, bars, bowling alley, theater, etc. An entertainment mecca.


    8 Dec 16 at 7:36 pm

  5. An article from The State. Not much information.

    I guess the Go-to item from Jackson's was the Fried Chicken. You could smell them firing up the fryers in the morning. I'm sure they brine their chicken. Once it was overly brined. (and I'm a guy who loves salt) It was very similar to Zesto's Chicken (Though the one down the street tends to over-cook the chicken to the point where some parts of it is like jerky)

    The best fried chicken I've ever had was from the Palace. (and I have the recipe)

    Jackson's meatloaf was pretty good too. When they first opened, they had fried shrimp on Friday. That didn't last too long.....


    9 Dec 16 at 3:56 pm

  6. Now there is literally no where to eat in that mall.

    Matthew Benjamin

    14 Dec 16 at 1:25 am

  7. Not quite true. Barnes & Noble has a cafe with sandwiches, quiche, pizza and other lunch items.


    14 Dec 16 at 1:32 am

  8. With this place moving only stores left are GNC, Belk, Barnes and Noble, Lenscrater and a Barber shop.

    Matthew Benjamin

    14 Dec 16 at 1:33 am

  9. Oh and a Gymboree

    Matthew Benjamin

    14 Dec 16 at 1:45 am

  10. Do you think there'll come a time when the Powers That Be in Forest Acres finally have a sit-down with whoever owns that piece of property and say something to the effect of "either do something meaningful with it NOW, or it's coming down'??

    Who's kidding who here? It's sad and kinda embarrassing. It's a shell. If it can't be made to work, why not put it out of it's misery and do something else with the land?

    Lone Wolf

    14 Dec 16 at 10:26 am

  11. The problem with the type of ultimatum Lone Wolf mentioned is that most of the shopping centers, malls, plazas, etc. are all owned by companies that are based in different states and don't have the interest that a local business would...not only that, to have a massive overhaul, it would require stores already committed to opening up in the finished product after construction is finished which requires months (or even years) worth of work to make considering the pace officials work at it would take many months for anything to come to fruition...


    15 Dec 16 at 12:22 am

  12. Andrew is, of course, 100% correct. It's just sad (in my eyes, at least) to see something with such potential go un-used/under-used. You drive by the location and one can't help but wonder "what if" or "ya know what would be great there...."

    Lone Wolf

    15 Dec 16 at 10:47 am

  13. How many businesses have failed on the same side of the street between Richland mall and the Japanese restaurant (used to be Kyotos back in the day) on Beltline heading towards Trenholm Rd? How many empty buildings are there now, or they all occupied?


    16 Dec 16 at 2:18 pm

  14. I knew that Richland Mall was broken up in several pieces, but I didn't know exactly how. I finally thought to check it out on a Friday afternoon when I was killing time.

    Looking at (the county's GIS system), there are 3 different owners of Richland Mall although the mall is carved up into 5 different properties.

    1. The 2 end anchor spaces, Belk and almost everything on the front side of the central concourse (Barnes & Noble) is owned by a company in Columbia.
    2. The smallest owner owns the old TGI Fridays and is a company in Raleigh.
    3. The back side of the building including the office spaces (former Verizon Wireless call center) is a company in Arizona.

    I get my haircut at Bobby's Barber Shop in the mall. He told me that he moved across the hall to his current space because he was tired of dealing with a landlord on the other end of the country. I think he has better luck getting stuff repaired now.


    16 Dec 16 at 4:25 pm

  15. And now that whole wing is completely closed off

    Matthew Benjamin

    14 Sep 17 at 1:39 am

  16. Actually, Matthew Benjamin, that area of the mall is still open (very eerie and businessless now) because it goes up to Regal Cinemas on the roof. However, the part of the Belk that leads to that side of the mall has been closed off. I found out that you could still even get into that part of the mall from a security guard. You can tell the owners are ashamed of the left wing of the mall- I saw a fellow mall explorer and maintenance people there, and that's it. The mall is dead anyway, but the right side with the Belk, Gymboree, Columbia Children's Theatre, LensCrafters, Ping Pong place, barber shop, and Barnes and Noble is obviously the part they want you to see.


    11 Nov 17 at 7:54 pm

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