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Carolina Parts Company, 3601 Two Notch Road: 2000s(?)   7 comments

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OK, does anybody know if this is right? Google suggests that 3601 Two Notch Road, which is in the block starting at Cushman Drive and going towards Dick Dyer was Carolina Parts Company, and I have a vague memory of a junkyard type place (which the Beware of The Dog sign would support).

However, I had noticed the lot as vacant several times driving and walking by in the past year or so -- except for a battered sign. The lot is apparently being cleared, and the sign is now gone, before I could get a picture of it, but my memory is that it was not a junkyard type sign. The name of the establishment had been obliterated but I think the top part of the sign was for Coke as if it were one of those Coke-subsidised signs you used to see all the time for restaurant names. Does anyone remember a restaurant, or anything that would have a Coke-sponsored sign at this site? Possibly from before Carolina Parts?

Written by ted on February 13th, 2009

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7 Responses to 'Carolina Parts Company, 3601 Two Notch Road: 2000s(?)'

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  1. I went here several times looking for auto parts, although it was all a long time ago. This place was the real deal where you could bring your own tools and roam the junkyard, then bring to parts you removed to the counter and negotiate a price for them. Complete with a mean junkyard dog.

    Between the internet and insurance companies this type of operation doesn't exist anymore. Of course, cars have evolved to the point where you can't fix them in your driveway anyway.


    13 Feb 09 at 9:46 am

  2. Best I can tell it closed down in early 1996. Don't know if any restaurant was there, but it was a junk yard at least as far back as 1980.


    13 Feb 09 at 11:31 am

  3. There are still a couple of similar junkyards in Lexington, located right near each other, between Barr Road and Lexington High School. They are called Arnold's and Weaver's.

    Bill C.

    13 Feb 09 at 3:17 pm

  4. Thank the idiots in Richland County council for this. They shut down all the junk yards.


    13 Feb 09 at 5:46 pm

  5. Really? I hate stuff like that. One day you are a business-man the next day you're not doing anything different and you're a criminal.


    13 Feb 09 at 5:53 pm

  6. True's was a huge junkyard where Landmark Plaza is now. I loved riding past it as a kid. They had a big city bus in there.


    8 Jul 09 at 10:01 am

  7. Carolina Parts was established shortly after end of WWII by an uncle, Mr. Sam Hyman.At one time, CP was one of the largest junkyards in SouthEast. In late sixties & during my immediate family's dissolution, Uncle Sam & Aunt Kitty took me in and I spent a summer cutting my young teeth on car stuff in that junkyard. I learned Sooo much ! CP also had like-new starters, generators and alternators which were expertly rebuilt there on site by a colorful character named Carl. Sam was very smart & a well-connected fellow; he hosted fish stew dinners semi-annually at the junkyard which were attended by lawyers, mechanics, politicians and truck drivers alike. Sam had several employees and some stayed for decades. Black men Rosie and Sammie Fogle were a hoot. Sammie hardly said squat and Rosie constantly laughing & cutting up. The yard was sold Long ago and run by another man. Both Sam & Kitty passed long ago as well; God bless & keep em. Sam was also known for his ardent support of both USC & Clemson scholastic funds; notwithstanding I don't think Sam darkened door of any such classroom. FYI: true, environmental issues have helped to close many yards, but probably cheap Red Chinese fenders, doors, bumpers etc have wrought even more damage. I entered the vacant property some 5 years back and it was rather depressing. And no, afaik, there was never a restaurant there but Sam did have a Coke machine inside that he had to keep unlocked because routine burglaries would leave it wrecked if not unlocked. Sam's stepchild & Kitty's only child passed long ago as well; Chalmers Poston was a successful Columbia-area developer. Dunno if CP property is still held by Chalmer's family or not. Oh, there was more than one junkyard dog; s'pose I was one as well !


    3 Jun 20 at 2:46 pm

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