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LifeWay Christian Stores, 256 Harbison Boulevard Suite G: May 2010 (moved)   3 comments

Posted at 2:01 am in stores

LifeWay is a commercial outreach of the Southern Baptist Convention and their stores sell Bibles and church supplies. This one moved from the Barnes & Noble plaza on Harbison to Bower Parkway sometime in the 2000s. I know it's been more than a year ago as the first picture is from October 2010.

The little corner area where LifeWay was is kind of interesting as it has sort of an entrance corridor set off by a rather snazzy, filigreed girder. On the downside, being in the corner means that people have to park farther away from your store than most other stores in the strip.

After being vacant for a good while, the suite is finally re-opening as Anna's Linens

UPDATE 11 November 2011: Updated the moving date in the post title from "2000s" to "May 2010" based on commenter Andrew's research.

Written by ted on November 11th, 2011

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  1. The following domino effect went down here:

    Boater's World went bankrupt and closed their brick and mortar stores. One of which was on 1009 Bower Parkway in the little Columbiana Station Strip where Casual Male (fmr. Hollywood Video) is and Panera Bread is there now as well (can't recall what it was prior to Panera opening up).

    After Boater's World left, LifeWay decided to move into the former Boater's World. What's interesting is that when LifeWay was at Harbison Court, they were in a 10,000 square foot complex and there was a 2,000 square foot area listed as 'unavailable' on the Harbison Court Siteplan on ddr.com. DDR also owns the stretch of Columbiana Station where LifeWay is now and it turns out that Boater's World was just shy of 8,000 square feet so they decided to move in. Plus I recall reading that the manager thought he'd benefit from greater visibility. I plan on doing a little further research sometime this weekend and reporting back as to when LifeWay relocated into the former Boater's World.

    Finally, Anna's Linens, after a few years of having a location at East Forest Plaza (5560 Forest Drive) decided to open a new location at Harbison Court and this former LifeWay fit the bill. So Harbison Court now has its own Anna's Linens (I have a few grand opening pics that I plan on sharing as well for this post).

    Boater's World, following their bankruptcy and subsequent liquidation was bought by Ritz Interactive. Consequently, Boater's World lives on in the form of its (dot)com domain.

    Andrew

    11 Nov 11 at 1:22 pm

  2. There used to be a Hallmark store next to the former Boater's World/current Lifeway. I remember it very well because I went there a few times looking for specific Christmas tree ornaments back about 2004 or so. I *think* the former Hallmark location is what's now Panera Bread, though my memory may be playing tricks on me.

    Alaska Jill

    11 Nov 11 at 2:03 pm

  3. This is the Shop Around articel from The State on May 14, 2010 when LifeWay relocated into the former Boater's World as I outlined earlier.

    SHOP SHORTS

    Lifeway Christian Stores moved within the Harbison area to 1009 Bower Parkway in Columbia (next door to Panera). It had been in the shopping center on Harbison Boulevard with Babies R Us and Outback Steakhouse, tucked into a back corner, said manager Russ Evans. But the new location gives the store better visibility from heavily traveled Harbison Boulevard and better store layout for displaying merchandise, Evans said. Lifeway opened the new store a couple of weeks ago. Grand opening activities will continue through mid-May.

    © 2010 The State

    and here's an article from Boater's World's liquidation:

    Marine Center out of business
    State, The (Columbia, SC) - Wednesday, March 25, 2009
    Author: -Kristy Eppley Rupon
    Boater’s World Marine Center on Bower Parkway is going out of business.

    No one from the store or the corporate headquarters would comment other than to say the store’s parent company Ritz Camera has filed for bankruptcy protection.

    Meanwhile, the store is holding a liquidation sale, and someone who answered the phone there Tuesday said she didn’t know when the last day will be. The Columbia store opened about a decade ago.

    Outdoor lovers can still get merchandise at Sportsman’s Warehouse, even though that company also has filed for bankruptcy protection.

    The Piney Grove Road store will remain open. The Utah-based company will close 23 locations throughout the country and sell 15 others to "improve liquidity," according to its Web site.

    Sportsman’s Warehouse hopes to keep open other locations with 2,300 employees, the Web site says.

    © 2009 The State

    Andrew

    11 Nov 11 at 2:31 pm

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