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Food Lion #1391, 2901 Two Notch Road: 1997   12 comments

Posted at 4:30 pm in historic,stores

Google is a wonderful thing. I had been noticing this lot ever since I moved back to town, and I felt like I should remember what it was, but I never quite could. I had in my mind that it had been a car dealership, and that may have been correct, given what's left inside now, but the architecture didn't look right for that as a first use.

Plugging the (very visible) street address into Google though reveals that it started life as a Food Lion. In fact, we can find out that it was buit in 1978, has 22,056 square feet available on a 2.34 acre lot, and can be all yours for $900,000.. I can even now tell you that the latitude & longitude for the place are 34.034074 & -81.004620!

I also find that as a Food Lion, the store had followed a practice I dislike: getting it's Deli department into local restaurant listings. I feel the same way about groceries that use their deli to get onto the Interstate "Dining" exit signs.

I don't know exactly what happened to this Food Lion. I know that in the 80s, one of the network news magazine shows did a hit piece on Food Lion that hurt them quite a bit at the time. Perhaps that had an impact here. Perhaps they were planning the new store down Two Notch towards Pinestraw even then. In general I find Food Lions of this era to be a bit dingy and downmarket. Their newer stores are quite nice however -- the one at the South Causeway at Pawleys Island is excellent and even has Virgil's Root Beer. And here's a tip: Almost all Food Lion's have regularly cleaned, nice bathrooms in the left rear corner of the store -- good to know driving in a strange area!

It was drizzling while I took these shots, and the closing-cam works much better in bright sunshine, so the lot and building are not as depressing as they look here.

UPDATE 9 March 2011: Updated the closing date to 1997 based on the comments.

Written by ted on September 26th, 2008

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  1. I agree the one at Pawley's is awesome. I'm guessing they closed this when they opened the newer one down the road. That story about the tainted meat was on dateline around '92. That really did hurt the food lions pretty bad. I've found that in recent years the meat section is pretty good.

    MR Bill

    29 Sep 08 at 10:16 am

  2. The Food Lion in Irmo (at the corner of Kinnerly Rd and Broad River) is dirty and crappy, err i mean "dingy and downmarket " :D. I only go in there when i absolutely have to.

    IrmoJeff

    29 Sep 08 at 1:29 pm

  3. yeah I recall the one in seven oaks shopping center being pretty crappy too.

    MR Bill

    29 Sep 08 at 1:42 pm

  4. I am still missing my Kroger on Jackson Blvd. It was old, dirty, and had some surly employees, but they had EVERYthing and it was the cheapest grocery store in town. Didn't hurt that it was only about a mile from my house.

    Dennis

    29 Sep 08 at 4:19 pm

  5. Prime time Live did a piece on Food Lion like in their first season or so. And, when you go towards Atlanta on I-85 from Alabama, you will see that the Kroger in Union City GA, is on a dining sign off the interstate off the Union City exit.

    James Greek

    27 Jun 09 at 10:09 pm

  6. The Food Lion on St. Andrews by the Kmart is now closed as well due to poor performance. They closed about 3 weeks ago.

    Alicia

    11 Feb 10 at 12:12 am

  7. back the day, mid 90s, we shopped here a lot. But I do think they closed because the other one a little farther down opened.

    Amanda

    7 Jul 10 at 8:11 am

  8. I am not 100% certain of this but my suspicion is that this one closed and moved into the current location a few miles up the road at Pine Belt Plaza.

    btw Waterson Retail did a nice job on the lease map and would encourage you to check that out as well...they also lease Spring Valley Commons.

    Andrew

    15 Feb 11 at 12:39 am

  9. Ok so this ceased to be a Food Lion in 1997:

    FOOD LION'S LARGEST STORE OPENS ITS DOORS
    LEROY CHAPMAN JR., Staff Writer
    Food Lion opened its largest Columbia store Wednesday* to replace one of its oldest and smallest.

    The Salisbury, N.C.-based supermarket chain has opened the doors on a 38,000 square foot store on Two Notch Road near Pine Belt Road.

    The new location is about a mile east of Food Lion's old store at Two Notch and Beltline.

    A grand opening ceremony attended by Food Lion executives and the mayor was planned.

    Phil Hurst, Food Lion's area supervisor,...

    Published on 1997-04-17, Page 1, State, The (Columbia, SC)

    * checking the calendar, the Wednesday they're referencing was April 2 that year (and right after Easter).

    Andrew

    9 Mar 11 at 1:30 am

  10. OK, I'll update to 1997..

    ted

    9 Mar 11 at 4:50 pm

  11. Andrew

    6 May 11 at 3:49 pm

  12. In recent weeks, it's become apparent to me that a Hair Salon has set up shop here

    Andrew

    28 Jun 11 at 2:39 pm

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