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Ashley Furniture Homestore, 226 Forum Drive (Village at Sandhill): September 2008 (ownership)   22 comments

Posted at 11:40 pm in closing

OK, I'm not entirely sure what happened here (housing market crash related perhaps?), but it has the earmarks of being a big mess both for customers and the new owners, who have apparently put themselves in the unenviable position of running a store under the same name while having to explain to customers how they have no connection with the previous owners nor any responsibility to make customers whole vis-a-vis their dealings with same. I give them points for apparently making a good faith effort in that regard though. And where does this other company TRS fit into the picture?

I believe this is the third store on the highly visible left-front side of Sandhills to have something bad happen to it after The Atlanta Bread Company and Sofa Express.


On the night of Saturday 25 Oct 2008 on my way back from Red Robin, I saw a new sign on Ashley. It was an official notice from the Sherrif or a Magistrate to the effect that Ashley either had to pay their rent or show cause why they shouldn't be evicted. I didn't have my camera with me, and on Sunday the 26th, it was gone

UPDATE 12 April 2010: Added full street address to post title.

UPDATE 21 May 2010 -- Apparently this place will become a Gold's Gym. I had previously reported that the Gold's would be going into the neighboring former Sofa Express location, but that seems to be a temporary presale operation only, with the actual gym going here:

UPDATE 14 July 2010: The Gold's Gym setup is done, and the temporary gym/presale in the old Sofa Express building is closed, with the new gym now running in this building.

UPDATE 25 April 2018 -- Ashley has returned to Sandhill, in the former H. H. Gregg location at 230 Forum Drive:




Written by ted on September 27th, 2008

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22 Responses to 'Ashley Furniture Homestore, 226 Forum Drive (Village at Sandhill): September 2008 (ownership)'

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  1. Ashley Furniture closed on Harbison Blvd./St. Andrews as well. I'm not sure if this other company is taking over or not.


    29 Sep 08 at 11:10 am

  2. I dont know where else to post this, but since Jonathan mentioned Harbison I'll post it here:

    The Shoney's and the Hess/Popeye's Chicken have both been closed on Harbison Blvd. In fact the Shoney's building had already been razed as of last Wed or Thurs.

    I think that Harbison is getting ready to go the way of Decker Blvd. Better get your camera ready Ted :)


    29 Sep 08 at 1:20 pm

  3. Shows you how often I get to Harbison, I guess. It seems like Barnes & Noble is about the only thing I visit out there on a semi-regular basis -- and I wouldn't do that if the one in Richland Mall had reasonable hours.

    The waitress at Pizzria Uno claimed that Copper River was also a good place for late night pizza though, so I'll probably check that out.

    Shoney's certainly has seen better days as a chain. The one on Bush River Road is apparently now only open for breakfast and lunch..


    29 Sep 08 at 3:08 pm

  4. I am a townie through and through and will not go ALL THE WAY out to Harbison if there's any way to avoid it. Might as well go shopping in Atlanta.

    Ditto the Villages in the Sandpile or whatever that mess is called.

    Sounds like maybe there are more like me than the developers thought. Could the price of gas be the rebirth of Richland Mall?


    29 Sep 08 at 4:17 pm

  5. Rebirth of Richland Mall???? Are you kidding me? Have you been in that place lately? It would take a complete demo and rebuild to have stores go back in that place


    29 Sep 08 at 5:18 pm

  6. Have you checked out Lake Murray Blvd lately for that matter? The Atlanta Bread Company and Catch 22 have both closed in the last several months.

    For what its worth, someone with Popeyes told me that the Harbison location closed due to too much competition.


    29 Sep 08 at 10:40 pm

  7. I don't think I've been on Lake Murray Blvd in years -- I didin't even know there was an ABC out there.


    29 Sep 08 at 11:01 pm

  8. I am saddend that Catch22 closed. The food was quality. I liked Charleston Crabhouse better, but then they closed down. They had a very nice deck, and sometimes featured live music. I know that the fella who ran that and another establishment in Irmo drowned in Lake Murray over the summer.

    That strip in Harbison, where ABC, Tap Room, Charleston Crabhouse, etc. apparently has astronomical rent, paired with the competition, is very hard to stay afloat. Willy's has re-invented itself, and seems to be doing well. As far as Popeye's vs. Bojangles (on Harbison Blvd.) and the competion goes, I'm glad to see Bojangles the victor!!


    30 Sep 08 at 9:29 am

  9. I didnt know Catch 22 was closed. That was one of those places that we always meant to go try, but never got around to.


    1 Oct 08 at 5:22 am

  10. I spoke with some one this week and heard that Catch 22 was reopening under new owners.


    1 Oct 08 at 10:00 am

  11. You can add D's Wings in NE and Harbison to your list. My heart breaks for the kids that worked there. No notice was even given. They went to work and found a note on the door telling them they no longer had jobs.


    1 Oct 08 at 10:02 am

  12. I love chicken wings, but its gotten to the point where i cant take my family of 4 to a D's or a Carolina Wings or a Wild Wings without spending 60 or 70 dollars, and thats without drinking any alcohol.

    I remember being able to go to Leo's and get 10 cent wings. 10 bucks got you a massive plate of wings and a couple of pitchers of beer. Now at any wing place 50 wings costs you at least 40 bucks. If the economy keeps getting worse, it wouldnt surprise me to see more of these establishments go under.


    1 Oct 08 at 11:29 am

  13. That's a very good point. "Specials" now are 50 cent wings. D's really saturated the market, and I could never figure out the differences between the owners. They had a falling out or something. I ate at St. Andrews once, and the server was visably offended that I confused their establishment w/ the one in Parkland Plaza. Leo's, wow, I have not heard that name in a while. XXX wings!! Woo boy, those were warm. They had Bass on tap for a short while, and I thought that was the end all. Too bad once the one keg that they had ran out (after probably six months), they never replaced it, because it did not sell well.


    1 Oct 08 at 12:52 pm

  14. Well, I already did one D's closing -- looks like I'll have to do another.

    It did not seem a good sign to me that they started closing on Sunday.


    1 Oct 08 at 1:15 pm

  15. Not to hijack the thread, but D's wings suck. Just rewarmed frozen wings they put sauce on.
    Don't know if anyone here remembers Rupert's Wings, but they had the best wings in town. Sadly now that the Blue Dog is gone, there is no where to get decent wings. Publik House is ok, however their service is always terrible.


    2 Oct 08 at 5:23 am

  16. I liked Dee's, I liked Leo's, I liked both locations of Rupert's (despite his nasty disposition), I like Publick House wings (despite the fact that it takes forever to get your food, or even another beer), but I always really loved Wings & Ale.


    2 Oct 08 at 7:16 am

  17. Leo's is still going strong in Lugoff. Wings aren't nearly as good as they use to be but still better than most around Columbia. Oh and Rupert's did have some damn fine wings. I had read in another post that most places in Columbia have raw fries. However I want to clarify that hardly any one makes them from scratch any more they just get the frozen kind from their food company.


    5 Oct 08 at 12:39 pm

  18. Ted ... move all of these posts to a wing
    article, not Ashley furniture...I've got a running joke w. an old
    friend about D's, and I'd have never
    found these comments looking where
    I'd think they would be .. restuarants

    Keep up the good work, on a nicer note :)


    15 Oct 08 at 9:18 pm

  19. I don't know -- the issue is rather fraught. A) It could take up a lot of time, B)If I move someone's comment then it's like "Hey, I know I made a comment, but it disappeared", and C) Where would I move them? Until today, I only had one post on D's, and that was on St. Andrews Road, closed years ago and the post itself is 8 months old, probably not where anyone would look for a recent comment.

    I think a partial solution would be to start an "open" comment thread, and I think I will do so fairly soon.


    15 Oct 08 at 10:16 pm

  20. Hi, Thank you! I would now go on this blog every day!


    9 Jul 09 at 1:02 pm

  21. We purchased our bedroom suite and living room furniture from Ashley's up at Sandhills using our tax refunds! Went to go back and look at kitchen tables and chairs and the place was GONE!! And that was just a couple months after we purchased our bedroom suite and living room furniture! LOL!

    Patricia Lewis

    18 Oct 14 at 12:14 pm

  22. Had heard that the Sandhills store was in bankruptcy!!!

    Patricia Lewis

    18 Oct 14 at 12:14 pm

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