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McCrory / McCrory Dollar / Revco Drugs, 1556 Main Street: 1980s   12 comments

Posted at 2:20 am in stores

Here's another old-school five and dime type operation on Main Street, right next to Silver's.

I'm not sure I ever went into McCrory's. Certainly it was already in decline when I was growing up, and for that type of retail, we were more likely to go to Woolworth's at Richland Mall, Dodd's at Forest Lake or Rose's at Trenholm Plaza.

My memory is that it did survive up to my college years in the early 1980s, and that it then tried to morph into a Family Dollar type operation which did not last long.

This Loopnet listing is interesting in that it has an optimistic artist's rendition of the building converted into

Renovated 31,000 SF of Class A office space for sale or lease. Suites available from 1,500 SF to 30,000 SF.

That is slated for 2011, but I don't think I've ever seen work going on at the site, and it looks rather sad right now with all the plywood.

UPDATE 19 March 2010: Added Revco Drugs to the post title based on the comments (and verified in the 1998 phonebook).

UPDATE 21 September 2012 -- These pictures from 12 January 2012 show work on the site:

Written by ted on March 13th, 2010

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12 Responses to 'McCrory / McCrory Dollar / Revco Drugs, 1556 Main Street: 1980s'

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  1. The dollar store was open until about 2002. I believe Sherlock Holmes pub was supposed to move into this building, but it has been in a renovation limbo since.

    Russ

    14 Mar 10 at 10:03 pm

  2. According to the Historic Columbia Foundation, this building was built in 1876 and was heavily remodeled crica 1950 when Mc Corys took over. There is a good picture of what the building originally looked like in HCF's Main street guide/pamphlet.

    Tom

    16 Mar 10 at 9:04 pm

  3. where is this HCF Main St. guide? I'de like to see it. I would have never guessed that building being that old. I'm surprized it hasnt been torn down. Thanks.

    Del

    17 Mar 10 at 1:10 am

  4. Del-Check with the Columbia Vistiors Center at the Convention center or visit HCF gift shop at the Robert Mills House. You should be able to find one at either location. They unveiled them last year at the Main Street festival.

    Tom

    17 Mar 10 at 9:57 am

  5. This building also was a Revco Drug Store in the 90s

    Thomas

    17 Mar 10 at 5:18 pm

  6. I remember when McCrory's AND Silver's were dime stores back in the early to mid 60's. To me they didnt have the "good" toys that Woolwoth's had..Kress was fair, but as far as dime store's were concerned, I think Woolworth was the best..but that ENTIRE block has been gone since the 80's.

    Del

    17 Mar 10 at 9:37 pm

  7. Thanks Thomas, I've added Revco to the post title.

    ted

    19 Mar 10 at 12:18 am

  8. Glad to learn a bit of the history of this building. I lived in in the apartments above this place in 2003. The apartments were awesome, really high ceilings with a loft type style. While living there, I always wondered what type of store this was.

    Justin

    1 Jul 12 at 6:14 pm

  9. My mother worked there in 1944. If anyone has any questions about it back then I'll be happy to ask her, but hurry, she's 88 but her long term memory is still very clear.

    Bob

    21 Jul 13 at 2:45 pm

  10. If anyone knows where I can locate photos of the old five and dime stores (or any other old Main St. stores, especially interior shots or Christmas related) please let me know. I am trying to compile a photo album of how things used to be in Columbia. I've gathered quite a few pictures but have pretty much exhausted all of the search engine criteria I can think of, so any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

    Homer

    5 Aug 13 at 6:10 am

  11. You gonna publish something, Homer? Cuz it sounds right up my alley, and I think it'd make a great gift.

    tonkatoy

    5 Aug 13 at 11:34 am

  12. Tonka - just something I'm batting around in my head. The biggest problem I have is the fact that I work about 50 hours a week and have no time on the weekends to do anything but housework. I'd love to put a book together, but truthfully, it's probably something that will have to wait until I retire.

    Homer

    6 Aug 13 at 3:55 am

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