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Ebert Sportswear Manufacturing / Irmo Sportsgym, 4608 Fernandina Road: late 2000s (moved)   12 comments

Posted at 10:46 pm in Uncategorized

Fernandina Road seems to have been pretty volatile lately with a number of closings and moves. This particular storefront is between the Piney Grove and Harbison exits, and is pretty visible from I-26 though I had never driven down that stretch of Fernandina before. It appears that The Sportsgym has moved to 5000 Fernandina Road, behind Home Depot. This building still houses a thrift store for a very worthy sounding charity.

UPDATE 29 September 2011: Finally add Ebert Sportswear Manufacturing to the post title. (Although my Feb 1997 phonebook gives that as 5000 Fernandina Road).

Written by ted on May 27th, 2010

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  1. Thanks for the link, Ted! Children's Chance is indeed a wonderful charity! They assist the families of children with cancer in non-medical ways-- such as gas cards or utilities payments. Please check them out and say hi when you see mascot Zig the Pig!


    30 May 10 at 4:33 pm

  2. This building used to be "Eberts Sportswear" back in the 80's. They would sell irregular sports sweatshirts, etc.


    31 May 10 at 10:48 am

  3. I can recall the Eberts Sportswear sign on this building until the 90s but wasn't sure what they carried or anything...


    31 May 10 at 1:55 pm

  4. Dillon, receiving a holiday card is only special when the organization is not trying to sell you something. Otherwise, it ends up in the fireplace with the fruit cake.

    I remember Ebert's having a sale the first Friday of each month. T shirts were $1. This would have been around 1981-82. Sorta like Bum's Bummers, but they made their own shirts. Tag would say "Eberts."

    That would be a good post, Boardwalk Plaza, which had Cheap Joe's, Bum's Bummers, Sims Music...What else?


    13 Jul 10 at 12:11 pm

  5. I deleted the spam from "Dillon Moseby"..

    Yeah, I've mentioned Boardwalk Plaza several times, but I've never gotten around to doing a post on it as the whole place is gone, and I'm not sure exactly where it was, other than on the east side of Bush River down the hill from Dutch Square.

    That was also the original location of the Book Dispensary before it moved to the Boozer Shopping Center.


    13 Jul 10 at 12:18 pm

  6. I worked at Ebert Sportswear shortly after moving to Columbia. Yes, they did occasionally sell irregular clothing to the public, but that was itself irregular. It was done to clear warehouse space when the irregulars were taking up too much room.

    Ebert made sportswear, starting with, I think racing jackets, and moved on to t-shirts, sweatshirts, and such, mostly as promotional items, but also for anyone who wanted items for groups, such as HS bands, etc. They even did custom embroidery. I remember an order for jackets with an extremely large logo of an artificial sweetner on the back of the jacket.

    I think it closed within a year or two after the owners' son/nephew died in an auto accident (though I'm not sure, as I had left by then). That was in the mid- to late '80s.


    26 Jul 10 at 3:21 pm

  7. I have a Walt Disney's Fantasia promo t-shirt I got at a thrift store. The tag reads "Ebert Sportswear "Custom Apparel" 50% Cotton 50% Polyester" I am wondering as this shirt is not dated about how old it may be? The tag is quite old looking and I thought maybe Barc777 might know around the age of this t-shirt since they worked there. Do you know when Ebert Sportswear was founded? (0 is a zero)


    27 Sep 11 at 4:05 pm

  8. I remember passing this building when Ebert Sportswear was here but have been wondering in recent days what type of merchandise they carried...anyone remember???


    27 Sep 11 at 9:25 pm

  9. Barc777 s probably gone by now, but I remember when an Ebert died in an automobile accident. I think it was '87 or '88. Soni was in school with us. Funny story, Nicole. I was in the Children's Chance Thrift Store one day, and came across a shirt w/ an Ebert's tag. I told the woman working at the counter "This shirt was made in this building, about 20 years ago." Not sure it sunk in.


    28 Sep 11 at 1:27 pm

  10. Ebert Sportswear existed into the 90s I want to think since I was born in 1988 and remember Ebert Sportswear signage being here in the mid 90s


    28 Sep 11 at 2:10 pm

  11. was the son/nephew named chris ebbert? i didnt know him but i knew people who did.

    he was an avid skateboarder and there was a huge skateboard expo/competition thing at piney grove park in his honor. id like to say that the idea was to have it be an annual thing but i don't remember it happening again.

    some of my favorite skaters of the time where there.

    i remember meeting john lucero!



    19 Feb 15 at 9:48 am

  12. @brett I found featuring a skateboard competition and a Chris Ebert did show up in the video description but I don't know if it's the one you reference or not...

    Like I said earlier, I don't know what they sold...the only reason I remember it being there when I was in Elementary School (mid-late 90s) is that I had a teacher with the last name Ebert...


    20 Feb 15 at 12:49 pm

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