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Maurice's Piggy Park, 2450 Augusta Road: Summer 2020   16 comments

Posted at 10:25 pm in closing

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To the best of my memory, I've only eaten at a Maurice's Piggy Park once, last year at the Charleston Highway location. I thought it was fine, but the chain seems to have hit a rough patch in the last few years with several locations closing. COVID-19 can't have helped, but I don't know if it were the deciding factor here.

This one is on US-1 in West Columbia to the east of the I-26 interchange and across from the Wal-Mart. I see from google maps that it is next to a Ruby Tuesday I had forgotten about, and which I did not check to see if it were open.

(Hat tip to commenter Lone Wolf)

Written by ted on September 22nd, 2020

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  1. The Verizon store in the background of the first pic is a former RadioShack (that never featured here when it (alongside the others)) closed...

    It also appears as if the property has sold so apparently it won't stay vacant for very long (stay tuned)...

    Andrew

    23 Sep 20 at 9:25 am

  2. And now this is a flat, empty lot. The building is history and all there is is level dirt. For whatever reason, the "closed" sign with drive thru above it is still there.

    Lone Wolf

    23 Sep 20 at 11:03 am

  3. The chain is now being run by Maurice's grandkids who are trying to undo the damage he did by his support of the Confederate flag. They have taken out Civil War related memorabilia out of their stores and don't display any flags other than the US and SC.
    However, it is a no win situation because a lot of SCV members neo-Confederates are now refusing to eat there in protest, while some on the left are still boycotting the place.
    I have eaten at the Irmo location several times and it seems to be doing ok.

    Tom

    23 Sep 20 at 11:46 am

  4. The location on Elmwood seems to be struggling as there's usually very few cars in the parking lot.

    Justin

    23 Sep 20 at 1:07 pm

  5. The primary reason sign posts are often left up after the demolition of the commercial building is that the post would be grandfathered into any updates to zoning laws. In my city, approval for new street signage is a major PITA. I don't even know if they allow poles any more; it seems everything is ground level now.

    Rowen

    23 Sep 20 at 8:33 pm

  6. While I like all BBQ, I think Maurices is a little on the pricey side. I got a Litte Joe Basket with a tea and paid $15.00. Yikes!

    Beth

    24 Sep 20 at 9:17 am

  7. Well as of 9-25-2020 This building has been torn down. I've ate there a coup[le of times. The one that made me not go back. Was one the people came out and talk to my family. Kept talking about how high their food was. Stood over us while we ate. Always love seeing that Ford Crown Vic. Parked out front.

    wyane

    25 Sep 20 at 8:50 am

  8. For a lot of these Piggy Parks (aside from the negative cast given by their founder - Maurice was an avowed white supremacist), the location was a big factor in their demise.

    Like Rush's, Piggy Park built many of these locations in the 1980's and 1990's when the population placement in Columbia was a lot different. For example, the Spring Valley and St. Andrews Piggy Parks were in bustling areas. No longer.

    Rush's is still thriving. Although I suspect they didn't close the Decker or St. Andrews ones as soon as they should have.

    Steve

    1 Oct 20 at 5:03 pm

  9. I don't think Rush's ever had a St. Andrews location...

    Andrew

    1 Oct 20 at 11:44 pm

  10. Actually, I believe that Rush's originated on St. Andrews somewhere.

    Justin

    2 Oct 20 at 9:41 am

  11. Wasn't the original Rush's on Broad River, where they're located now? I'm guessing there's confusion on the St. Andrews area vs. St. Andrews Road.

    Heath

    2 Oct 20 at 10:50 am

  12. Yep, I think that's it, I was thinking St. Andrews area.

    Justin

    2 Oct 20 at 11:02 am

  13. The Broad River Rush's is still going...

    Andrew

    2 Oct 20 at 10:36 pm

  14. Rush's has quite a bit of the chain's history on their site. Several very nice historical pictures as well.

    From there, it does sound as though the current Broad River Road location was the original site, and that the family had a dairy farm on the land behind the store. They were also once affiliated with Dairy Queen until that chain caviled about the local touches to their branding.

    ted

    3 Oct 20 at 12:03 am

  15. My wife went to this store once years ago and loved the chicken tenders. She likes to joke that only at Maurice's could you order BBQ with a side of white supremacy. Always struck me as odd when I would walk in and see those pamphlets.

    Although I don't recall the Verizon store being a Radio Shack, I do remember when it was a Hollywood Video back in the 2000s.

    sean

    3 Oct 20 at 8:54 pm

  16. Someone mentioned the Verizon store across the street, there have been a lot of tenants in the building. It was originally a Hollywood Video, I believe something else was in half the building, perhaps The Radio Shack.

    Mr. Bill

    18 Nov 20 at 4:13 pm

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