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Boozer Lumber (etc), 1400 Atlas Road: June 2008   5 comments

Posted at 6:21 pm in business,stores

(The State 15 April 1973)

To the best of my memory, I had never been on Atlas Road until last month when I was looking for that huge flag that flies by I-77 in-between Bluff & Shop Roads. After finding Atlas Road back there, I recalled some comments in "Have Your Say" to the effect that Boozer Lumber had been located there, so I went back later to take a look.

I had heard of Boozer Lumber over the years but really had no idea where it was or how big a place it had been. The complex is huge, and appears to have taken in at least three related Boozer enterprises. I didn't notice any "for sale" signs on the lots, and the company web page seems to imply that the site is still owned by it. It will be interesting to see what happens to the property in the future.

Written by ted on June 9th, 2009

5 Responses to 'Boozer Lumber (etc), 1400 Atlas Road: June 2008'

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  1. There was talk of Richland County buying it and making it into a farmers' market, but wiser heads prevailed.

    jamie

    15 Jan 10 at 2:59 pm

  2. Boozer Lumber had been in business for as long as I can remember, I'm 54 now. When I was 11 and 12 years old I had a paper route just off Leerburg Road delivering the afternoon paper, The Columbia Record, no longer published.
    At that time Boozer Lumber was located near the intersection of Leesburg and where I-77 is now. They were one of my customers. When I-77 was in the planning stage Boozer moved to the current location to make room for the new interstate. I-77 goes right over their old location. I heard that Boozer expanded and added the hardware portion at the location pictured during the housing boom, when the market went bust they were unable to continue. Just under the I-77 bridge at Leesburg Road there was also an old Dairy Queen building that housed Lower Richland Motors, they also moved due to the Interstate. They relocated to where the new Ruby Tuesdays is next to Wal-Mart a little further down Garners Ferry road. L.R. Motors then sold that property to Ruby Tuesdays and moved to Lexington under a different name.
    I can remember back in 1961 when we first moved to the Leesburg Road area there was not even a traffic light at Leesburg and Garners Ferry and there was a auto salvage yard that took up the whole shopping center where Big Lots and Jeffers McGill is located.

    Ranger Rick

    8 Jul 11 at 10:56 am

  3. I believe what did Boozer in was that they invested millions in an automated truss building line, and the home market crashed roght as it was installed. Or so I was told.

    RR, you're thinking of True's junkyard where Landmark Plaza is now. I have a lot of memories of that area, as I used to go to kindergarten at Trinity on Greenlawn Road. Fon memories of walking over as a class to feed the ducks at the cemetary. Also used to get my hair cut at El Toro barber shop in Leesburg plaza, at the corner of Leesburg and Greenlawn.

    tonkatoy

    11 Jul 11 at 6:43 am

  4. tonkatoy, we must know each other. I grew up on Fairwood one block over from Greenlawn, was in Boy Scouts at trinity and also got my hair cut at El Toro. Fed the ducks many times at the cemetary.

    Rick

    18 Jun 12 at 11:44 am

  5. You never know; might have run into one another.

    tonkatoy

    19 Jun 12 at 6:39 am

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