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Bi-Lo, 7949 Broad River Road: June 2017   17 comments

Posted at 12:41 am in closing












Well this has been pretty ventilated in Have Your Say for a while now, but the Bi-Lo at Friarsgate Plaza will be closing soon. Unlike some of the other local Bi-Lo's, this one will apparently not be becoming a Harvey's.

Googling around, I see that a lot of other Bi-Los have closed recently as the chain continues to fare poorly, though I have always been happy enough with the stores whenever I happened to stop in at one.

In this particular case, the venue does not help as Friarsgate Plaza does not seem to be thriving. You can see one indication of such by looking at the plaza marquee, which continues to tout Monterrey, which featured in a closing here six years ago.

(Hat tip to commenter ED)

UPDATE 12 June 2017 -- Still open. Pretty picked over, but still some good staples. Mostly 40%off:





Written by ted on May 31st, 2017

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  1. No Surprise. The prices are high. Bi-Lo did this to themselves.


    31 May 17 at 7:51 am

  2. Show when the store is closes

    matt rauch

    31 May 17 at 2:59 pm

  3. I meant when the store is closed

    matt rauch

    31 May 17 at 2:59 pm

  4. Bi Lo has the same problem as every other grocery store. WalMart. Either locate in a small town far away from Wally, or have service like Publix if you're going to have high prices. There's not much middle ground.


    2 Jun 17 at 12:31 pm

  5. As i posted in Have Your Say, this Bilo was my very first job, when i was in high school, while i briefly attended USC, and for a while after i dropped out. So thanks to the patrons of this store in the late 80's and early 90's whose tips helped pay for my chicken wings and beer. You were much appreciated!

    With so much of Irmo's population now living down Kennerly Road, you have to really make a concerted effort to go to this store. You either drive by Publix and Food Lion coming up Kennerly, or you drive by Walmart coming up Old Tamah. There was just no compelling reason to pass by those other stores to go to this Bilo.

    Like Ted said, the entire shopping center is failing.....i think the only places still open are the laundromat, the We Buy Gold store, a Dollar General and an after hours/private bar in the old Tez's/Monterey spot. It wont surprise me a bit when they raze that entire shopping center and build more apartments or another car dealership there.

    Now if they built a Lowes Food there..... THAT would be a good reason to drive by those other places....


    2 Jun 17 at 3:06 pm

  6. The Dollar General moved down Broad River Road closer to I-26 about sometime in the 1-3 yr. timeframe...

    I saw something indicating that 'mid-market' grocers such as Bi-Lo are struggling in general right now and that's what is doing Bi-Lo in.

    I'm not a big Walmart fan and don't set foot in them very often.

    Part of me wishes that if they do raze this, that Woodrow Street is realigned with Broad River so the two intersect at a safer angle...

    Be that as it may, I think I'd like to see this become a Harris Teeter (I've heard Harris Teeter is exploring a return to the Columbia market). I know that there are plenty of ppl trying to get a Fresh Market in Irmo and this might be a spot to consider for that as well...


    2 Jun 17 at 3:46 pm

  7. Speaking of failed grocery stores in Irmo, it seems like there was a cryptic announcement that something was coming to the old Piggly Wiggly location, but it's still vacant. Does anyone know if there's anything in the works for there?


    3 Jun 17 at 12:25 pm

  8. Several rumors have come about regarding the former Piggly Wiggly space but nothing offical has been announced yet (read the Irmo Piggly Wiggly page for details)


    3 Jun 17 at 4:43 pm

  9. Southeastern Grocers is closing some top performing stores because of expiring leases. No BI-LO and Harvey's Supermarkets store is immune to closing.

    Harris Teeter returning to Columbia would be interesting. Perhaps Harris Teeter can open supermarkets where Kroger Atlanta cannot open Kroger Marketplace hypermarkets.


    5 Jun 17 at 1:21 pm

  10. Why can't they just open a Harvey's there instead of closing the store?

    Patricia Lewis

    6 Jun 17 at 12:26 pm

  11. Why bother converting BI-LO to Harvey's? Converting failing stores to other banners do not work out. Food Lion and Bloom are a case study.


    7 Jun 17 at 12:31 pm

  12. Food Lion had a different brand called Reid's that I liked and everything but then Reid's sold out to Bi-Lo*...Harvey's sold out to Bi-Lo (they were originally a brand of Food Lion as was Sweetbay) and that's how 3 of our Bi-Los became Harvey's...

    * it so happened that Reid's in Cayce (which has featured here) was next door to a Bi-Lo but I noticed in Aiken (when I used to have to go there for work purposes) that there was a Reid's in a better spot so the Bi-Lo closed and the Reid's was rebranded Bi-Lo


    7 Jun 17 at 9:53 pm

  13. hope maybe harris teeter or publix will come in they are fixing to build a third publix in my town publix seems pretty popular so maybe theyll come in

    Sean Spangler

    5 Mar 18 at 9:26 pm

  14. Apparently this shopping center was up for sale and it's now listed as 'under contract'.


    7 Mar 18 at 11:18 pm

  15. @Sean Spangler: I don't think Harris Teeter will return to Columbia again.


    8 Mar 18 at 5:59 pm

  16. It’s sold. Anyone know what’s moving in??


    10 Mar 18 at 2:54 pm

  17. If it’s a grocery store it has to be a KJ’s IGA. Sprouts was rumored to go into the old pig store on lake Murray blvd. that evidently fell through. I can’t see Sprouts building a store next to Frairsgate. It’s not their clientele


    22 Mar 18 at 12:15 am

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