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(Nix's) Olympia Grocery (aka Nix's Grill & Grocery): 500 Bluff Road: 2000s   4 comments

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This is a country store in the city.

I really have no idea when this place closed. Looking inside the back add-on section, it appears to have been in disrepair for a while. On the other hand, the ice company has not taken the ice lockers back yet. I wish SC would put dates on the "A" restaurant ratings stickers! Honestly, if you told me the place had closed in 1953 or that it was still open some days, I would probably believe either.

This Richland County conservation report PDF says the place was built in the 1920s and

There are nine commercial buildings in the Olympia village. Most of these date from the early twentieth century and are similar to Nix's Olympia Grocery, a one- story, gable-front building with a brick facade and stepped parapet. These small commercial buildings were community-gathering spots and supplied operatives with a place to socialize and purchase needed items.

You can see that at some point the Nix's appelation was dropped and the place became simply Olympia Grocery. The sign itself was apparently supplied by Coke, something once exceedingly common (with the Coke advertisement often as big or biger than the store name), but not seen now on new stores.

The first time I went to take pictures of the place, it was a nice sunny afternoon, but in the event, I couldn't get near Nix's since the laundry down the road was burning, and the street was blocked off by fire engines. By the time I got back out that way, it was the rather grey day you see here. (And the laundry looks like it may be salveagable)

UPDATE 28 March 2011 -- Well, it's gone:

Written by ted on December 3rd, 2010

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  1. Wow!! I passed by there yesterday! I was fascinated by it!


    6 Dec 10 at 9:38 am

  2. Alicia

    29 Dec 10 at 12:57 am

  3. Very interesting, thanks!

    Be a shame to see that go for another parking lot..


    29 Dec 10 at 1:12 am

  4. FYI-Luther Nix is the owner. Next door to the store are those junky looking buildings that have "you-name-it" for sale. That junk place is Luther's. His current money making venture is turning recycled port-a-potties in to hunting stands.

    In other words, at least for now, no worry of it being a parking lot because it is still in the original family and they still live on the adjacent property.


    31 May 12 at 3:12 pm

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