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Hmm.. Richland County to Buy Decker Mall   12 comments

Posted at 1:31 am in commentary

The State:

Richland County plans to buy a strip mall on Decker Boulevard and relocate yet-to-be-determined offices there as a way to address a cramped courthouse and administrative offices.

This, of course, is the former home of Kroger Sav-On, Land of Oz, Little China Buffet, Richway/Gold Circle/Target, Flipside and many other things over the years.

Written by ted on March 4th, 2011

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  1. There used to be a DMV in this mall, I got my first license in SC from there. It was awful.

    Chris

    4 Mar 11 at 4:59 am

  2. I believe the DMV is still there. I had to stop by a year or so ago, and it really wasn't that bad an experience for me.

    ted

    4 Mar 11 at 12:21 pm

  3. I just checked the SCDMV office locator and determined that the Decker Mall location is still in operation. I remember during the governorships of Hodges and to a lesser extent Sanford, there was a big push to try to reduce the exorbitant wait times at DMV offices. They've instituted a "take a number' system that has alleviated it and someone greets you at the door and helps set you up with whatever you need when you walk in as opposed to waiting 2½ hours only to find out you don't have the paperwork you need.

    Andrew

    4 Mar 11 at 2:35 pm

  4. This is actually a good idea, everything won't be downtown-centered. The presence of the County will be more distributed.

    boi-dan

    4 Mar 11 at 6:04 pm

  5. I'd rather it be county auxiliary offices than a vacant mall that is going downhill...

    btw some people suggested that more needed to be done with the mold problems it was having.

    Also, former WIS reporter Stephany Snowden was quoted as well...

    Andrew

    4 Mar 11 at 6:17 pm

  6. Mold may turn out to be a big issue with this building. Most of it hasn't seen an occupant in years, so it could be presumed that not much maintenance has been performed on the structure. Still, it will be a positive influence for the Decker corridor and should help the local businesses out.

    joel

    4 Mar 11 at 7:42 pm

  7. Hope they give the building some much needed remodeling. I lived in this area during the 80's and 90's and it's a shame how run down Decker Blvd has become. Glad to see something moving in at least.

    Former Columbian

    5 Mar 11 at 2:55 pm

  8. As I've been researching The State archives to help understand when some area shops folded up, I came across the following that people might enjoy contemplating:

    CLOSING OF KROGER AT DECKER MALL RAISES CONCERNS FOR SOME TENANTS
    MAURICE THOMAS, Staff Writer
    When Kroger closes its 56,000-square-foot Decker Boulevard location next month, Target will be left as the only anchor in Decker Mall.

    Despite rumors to the contrary, Target representatives say they do not plan on closing because Kroger is leaving.

    But residents in Northeast Richland County have requested meetings with Zimmer Developers, based in Wilmington, N.C., about a new Target store on Two Notch Road and Valhalla Drive. Mall tenants are wondering what the future holds for the...

    Published on 2000-03-23, Page B8, State, The (Columbia, SC)

    Andrew

    11 Mar 11 at 11:06 pm

  9. Story in The State: Apparently the county will take more space in the mall than planned and the five existing businesses might have to leave. (Does that include the self-storage, I wonder? That would be a big pain for all the unit holders..)

    ted

    11 Jul 11 at 11:54 pm

  10. Another story in The State about the businesses in Decker Mall asking for more time to relocate. The events place looks to be quite nice from the picture...

    What I don't see is any mention of the self-storage place in the Target. It seems to me it would be very difficult to even contact all the unit holders (most of whom probably pay by credit card and don't come by regularly) much less get all the stuff moved.

    ted

    19 Jul 11 at 12:50 am

  11. I'd like to see three of the businesses move into the former locations of Olive Garden, Red Lobster and Blockbuster across the street from this...

    Andrew

    14 Aug 11 at 10:56 pm

  12. I know this is a old post but the closing of Decker's mall has really made Decker BLVD as crappy place to ever drive through. When I was coming up, Kroger was very convenient and then going to Richway was perfect. Across the street was the iconic Red Lobster.
    Why dont they just put another Grocery store there? Harris Teeter? I go to Charlotte often and they so much more to offer. We have nothing in this boring city. Everything is the same on all parts of town. So sad Columbia does not want to evolve and grow into a great city.

    Jake

    22 Jul 12 at 2:13 pm

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