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Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, 253 Forum Drive: 15 April 2024   6 comments

Posted at 10:35 pm in closing

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I took these pictures on 20 January 2024 after commenter Mall Guy predicted on 16 January that this location was closing. I haven't been back since, but at some point I will get shots of the closed store.

I like Cracker Barrel fine, but it doesn't come up on my rotation often, and I don't believe I ever actually ate at this location. I do know that I bought several gift items at the attached store. This Village At Sandhill outparcel seems like a decent location. It doesn't fit with the chain's Interstate preference, but there is a good bit of traffic on Two Notch, and with the growth of Killian Road, and the widening of Clemson Road to four lanes all the way to I-20, it's not too far off the Interstates..

However, both the media stories I see report the chain saying this store just wasn't making the numbers. You can check those out at WLTX & The State.

(Hat tip to commenter Mall Guy)

UPDATE 9 May 2024 -- Some post-closing shots:

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Written by ted on April 16th, 2024

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6 Responses to 'Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, 253 Forum Drive: 15 April 2024'

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  1. I saw this one coming more than a year ago. The last time I ate there, the food was an utter disappointment.

    Erick

    17 Apr 24 at 8:15 am

  2. The current theory on Nextdoor is that the rent in the Sandhills area was getting pricey.

    That and there's another one at the I-77/Farrow Road/Lagrange Rd exit. Pretty close for another Crackerbarrel.

    Mr BO

    17 Apr 24 at 10:52 am

  3. The space is being marketed as 3 units or as 1 unit. A complete renovation will take place either way.

    Mall Guy

    17 Apr 24 at 12:04 pm

  4. Be careful where Nextdoor is concerned. In my brief experience, it should be renamed Karens.com.

    I had occasion to be at Sandhills around Christmas. I needed something, I was in the area and thought I might find it there. I was surprised how many empty storefronts there were. I remember when Sandhills opened and everyone was saying how this would be to that area what Columbiana is to Irmo. They tried selling condos there at one point, for almost $200K to start. Those are now apartments, from what I saw

    Sandhills strikes me as a good idea that somehow got lost in translation.

    Lone Wolf

    18 Apr 24 at 6:37 am

  5. WLTX had a blurb at https://youtu.be/KvVOS4UFvCY talking about the closure of this Cracker Barrel and a discussion at https://youtu.be/2yG_SFwLwfA about the future of the Village at Sandhill corrior...

    Several folks here over the years have wanted to write off Village at Sandhill as a failure (which I don't see it as such) but I do see where many of the ideas Kahn Development had when they pionerred this 300 acre site haven't panned out as originally hoped. Plus there are some corporate level bankruptcies that have impacted things. I also remember that some prospective tenants that Kahn had hoped for wound up setting up shop at Sparkleberry Square (Kohl's being the most notable one I can think of).

    Cracker Barrel is a restaurant that doesn't franchise their stores...all of their stores are company owned and I have a feeling that they're a case of once you've seen one you've seen them all...

    Andrew

    18 Apr 24 at 10:17 pm

  6. How did who ever this, "Mall Guy", is predict this place closing?

    Wintw

    14 May 24 at 1:08 am

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