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Best Buy, 7006 Two Notch Road: 28 October 2017   15 comments

Posted at 11:33 pm in closing














How have the mighty fallen..

This Dentsville Best Buy across from Columbia Mall used to be my go-to place for quick buys of computer and networking equipment when I had my previous job. It was also a good place for DVDs & CDs, back when those were a thing. Lately I have had much less need to test various networking configurations or throw together new linux & Windows installs, so my visits had become much more rare. I did feel that the merchandise was starting to rattle around in this huge building a bit as they kind of thinned out the inventory. I also felt it was becoming much more common to find unstocked gaps on the shelves where tags indicated your item *should* be, and for finding items which seemed to be completely untagged or priced..

Of course the root cause of all of those symptoms is the ongoing "creative destruction" of retailing as we have known it. It's simply the case now that I will only hit a Best Buy if I need something *today*; otherwise it's Amazon. That said, I'm still surprised they didn't stay open through the holiday shopping season.

Here's The State story announcing the closing.

UPDATE 22 March 2021 -- As mentioned in the comments, this place is being converted into a church:






(Also adding a map icon).

Written by ted on November 15th, 2017

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15 Responses to 'Best Buy, 7006 Two Notch Road: 28 October 2017'

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  1. In this particular case, I think the decline of the area also contributed to the store's demise.


    16 Nov 17 at 11:10 am

  2. I agree with the previous comment. Best Buy has experienced some minor sales declines and closed a small percent of their stores this decade, but they are doing much better than many big retailers. This was all about this particular store. There is another newer Best Buy down the same street a few miles. When they opened that, I expected the old store to close right away. I was surprised it didn't at that time, but now the inevitable has occurred. The thinning of the inventory at this store was no doubt because they knew for some time about the closing; I haven't noticed that in the other stores (all stores in the chain carry far fewer discs than they used to for obvious reasons). The only higher quality (IMHO) store or restaurant around the Columbia Mall area that is left is Longhorn's - surprised they haven't moved east on Two Notch like everybody else has.


    16 Nov 17 at 2:42 pm

  3. I heard from someone that they were going to try and put one on Garners Ferry somewhere, the person told me but I forgot. But I think it may do some good out that way.


    16 Nov 17 at 9:56 pm

  4. Best Buy is one of several stores that I think would be a good fit for the Rosewood/Forest Acres grandmother lived in Rosewood for much of her adult life and she lamented that stores like Best Buy would bypass that area in favor of Harbison and/or Northeast Richland...unfortunately she didn't make it long enough to see Rosewood Crossing take shape and I wish I could've heard her thoughts (but she was happy to see Woodhill get redeveloped into what it is now)...


    17 Nov 17 at 3:42 pm

  5. I wonder what's gonna replace it...


    18 Nov 17 at 11:48 pm

  6. In response to Toby's comment, nothing. It will just be another vacant building to sit and sit until it will be unable to be reused. Now the only reason I have to go down that leg of Two Notch is to grab some lasagna or a Philly at Very's. What a waste....


    19 Nov 17 at 9:46 pm

  7. @Homer, it saddens me to ride down that part of Two Notch. I spent a large chunk of my childhood and teen years in and around Columbia Mall. Now, the area is turning into a wasteland. I had to go over to Parklane recently, and it is just not the vibrant, bustling area that it was 25-30 years ago. Terrible.


    20 Nov 17 at 10:21 pm

  8. I either see it getting filled by next summer or it'll sit vacant for several years (or longer)...either way whatever takes its place looks to be a caliber different than Best Buy...I have to believe that it won't stay vacant forever but I doubt it'll sink to the level Homer envisions...


    20 Nov 17 at 10:40 pm

  9. I'm thinking it will be a church of some sort.


    21 Nov 17 at 12:29 am

  10. Church or strip club.


    21 Nov 17 at 10:24 am

  11. I've contemplated the possibility of it becoming some sort of Clinic such as Colonial Healthcare (which has set up shop in the former former Rosewood Blockbuster)..


    21 Nov 17 at 2:26 pm

  12. @ John & Sidney - both sound like possibilities for the area. Maybe one of the holy roller churches in Capital Centre could move to better digs. Or the poor girls from Thee Whisky Tavern might find a new home there. That place would make one heck of a strip joint.


    21 Nov 17 at 6:37 pm

  13. ted

    21 Nov 17 at 6:38 pm

  14. @Cam - there's only three things that will draw me to Parklane. Substation II, Albert's Deli and the State Park Post Office. Other than that...meh....


    21 Nov 17 at 6:39 pm

  15. @ted - sounds like a good idea. How about The Church of the Latter Day Skanks. Yeah, I'm gonna be puffing on a turd in Satan's smoking lounge after that one. Heard that on John Boy & Billy the other morning. RIP Robert D. Raiford (Armageddon!!)


    21 Nov 17 at 11:33 pm

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