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Raco Gas Station, 619 Gervais Street: 2008   6 comments

Posted at 12:34 am in stores

I'm not really sure this Raco station closed in 2008, but it looks decrepit enough to have been gone longer than a few months, and the listed gas price is too high to have been any earlier than that.

I'm not sure what the deal with "Raco" is. Googling turns up a few other Raco stations, but there doesn't seem to be any Raco company or company web site. There are certainly not common at any rate, and had you asked me "what's that station on Gervais called?" I would have drawn a total blank.

I was a bit surprised walking up and down The Vista Sunday that there are a number of properties for sale. I wonder if when they closed this station down, they figured they would be able to unload the lot quickly and at a good profit..

Written by ted on February 23rd, 2010

6 Responses to 'Raco Gas Station, 619 Gervais Street: 2008'

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  1. This might have been called a "Spur" station at some point in the past, but I'm not sure.

    badger

    23 Feb 10 at 9:57 am

  2. Yah I used to live across the street from it, I think u nailed it on the closing date, it was sometime in late '08 I believe. There used to be a decrepit blue building beside it but that was raized to make way for that cool white building with that cool rooftop area which should open soon. With the 7 units attached to the Publix almost finished and that white building a month away from opening coupled with the lofts in the publix parking lot there will be more walkby traffic right there in front of raco. That sign and closed up shop is looking more an more like an eyesore each day and is super prime space. Still with other already constructed buildings available, the existing spaces need to get rented out first before this becomes developed.

    Mike D

    23 Feb 10 at 11:42 am

  3. Used to be an Arco gas station way back when. They went independent (or so) as a Raco, which I thought was quite humorous considering the old name!

    JP

    11 Mar 10 at 12:31 am

  4. My boyfriend's family (Deese) used to own the Raco along with one other person. They sold there part to him in 2008.

    Ashley

    27 Mar 10 at 8:37 pm

  5. Update 1/19/13: Chipotle brought the the gas station and the former Capital City Cycles next to it, they buldozed the gas station and remodled the Captial City Cyles building. Here are the renderings:

    https://www.columbia.sc.gov/cocextranet/assets/File/PlanningDevelopmentServices/BoardsCommisions/Agendas/PDS_DDRC_Packet_2012_10_11_Gervais_619_Eval.pdf

    Lucjanrc

    19 Jan 13 at 6:10 pm

  6. This was actually closed in either late 2006 or 2007, not 2008. --I used to by here every day on my way to work.

    SJeffcoat

    17 May 13 at 3:32 pm

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