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Burger King, 4456 Devine Street: 30 November 2011   27 comments

Posted at 2:13 am in Uncategorized

This has already been discussed a good bit on Have Your Say, but:

Hold the pickles, hold the lettuce.. Looks like another Columbia Burger King has closed shop. This one was on Devine Street, just before it intersects in a triangle with Fort Jackson Boulevard and Cross Hill Road. It's certainly a less tony section than the bulk of Devine, and a number of businesses have come and gone in the general area over the years. It is, however, also just across from where the upscale Whole Foods will be going into the former Family Mart / Kroger, so it will be interesting to see what eventually ends up here. Or, it could just be those poor registers saying "Cannot Locate Fileserver" for years..

(Hat tip to commenter Frank)

UPDATE 17 April 2013 -- As reported in the comments, this place is being demolished:

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UPDATE 8 October 2013 -- Work on the PDQ is ongoing:



UPDATE 11 February 2014 -- The signage for PDQ is up, and the building is well underway:




Written by ted on December 12th, 2011

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27 Responses to 'Burger King, 4456 Devine Street: 30 November 2011'

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  1. It may become yet another Mexican Restraunt or maybe they'll tear it down and build something else there. What year was this one built?


    12 Dec 11 at 1:39 pm

  2. I checked on loopnet and it says this building was built in 1971...

    This is one of the ones that Hinton closed after a fallout with BK Corporate that became a Brandi, Inc. BK. It was one of the last ones to come back as a Brandi, Inc. BK in ≈2002/03 timeframe. I was in high school at the time and a friend of mine was going to Dreher at the time as well and we were hoping it would come back...

    No telling what will come of this property yet but maybe something will come along with the new Whole Foods coming soon to the former Kroger at what is going to be called Cross Hill Market


    12 Dec 11 at 2:49 pm

  3. It'll probably become a Title Loan place or something of that ilk.


    12 Dec 11 at 3:16 pm

  4. This BK Lounge must have been built right after the A&W burned or was torn down. I thought it had been there longer. I think both A&W's were burned, but not sure.


    13 Dec 11 at 10:25 am

  5. Yeah, they built it right after it burned. I don't remember the other A&W.


    13 Dec 11 at 10:32 am

  6. The other A&W was on the corner of Belt Line and Two Notch where that new McDonalds is now..


    13 Dec 11 at 6:58 pm

  7. Was the big two story house an animal shelter or veteranarian's office? I associate it with dogs.


    13 Dec 11 at 7:09 pm

  8. With both A&W's being burned, I think it was an "inside" job to collect on insurance..or so I was told by one of the original managers that used to run both of them in the 60's. I dont remember A&W all that well for some reason.


    13 Dec 11 at 8:40 pm

  9. There was a kennel there. I remember boarding our collie there when We went on vacation in the 60's

    Gary Lemons

    13 Dec 11 at 9:44 pm

  10. There was a vets office on the other side of the Hess, I believe it was Dr. Cheatham's, but couldn't swear to that. I do remember kennels associated with that house, but never saw dogs there, at least not in the 83-4 timeframe when I occasionally had lunch there.

    It does seem fishy that they both burned. I remember crying when the one that the BK replaced burned because my granddad took me there for root beer floats when I was really little. All I could think of was no more root beer floats with granddad.


    14 Dec 11 at 7:46 am

  11. That IS sad..No more A&W. Didnt they have the Pappa, Mama and Baby Burgers? I dont like rootbeer though..I would rather drink buttermilk.


    14 Dec 11 at 1:36 pm

  12. @Del, my memory is that the place with Pappa, Mama and Baby burgers was "Family Burger". There was one on US-1 in Camden on the right a bit east of the train station. We used to stop there all the time on our way to Hartsville even though the guy who usually took our orders had a hearing aid and often got them wrong ;-).

    Give Virgil's Root Beer a try. You can usually get it locally at Earthfare (and other stores, usually not in the regular drink aisle): Real sugar and none of the after-taste of other root beers. I don't drink anything sweet often, but that's good stuff every now and then, especially on a hot day.


    14 Dec 11 at 1:56 pm

  13. Reading into an article entitled "New golden retail triangle emerges in Columbia, SC" indicates that this former BK is close to a deal for something new


    4 Jan 13 at 4:42 pm

  14. There used to be a sign in the window near the door that read "No Photography." So it's ironic that someone went to photograph the place after it closed. As a photographer myself, I always wanted to shoot the place from off property, then e-mail the pics to management.

    Joe Hinson

    1 Mar 13 at 1:51 pm

  15. PDQ wants to build here if they can get approval to tear down the BK


    8 Apr 13 at 7:01 pm

  16. It's kind of a sad commentary on something that they need to jump through hoops to tear down an eyesore drive-through restaurant and build a drive-through restaurant..


    9 Apr 13 at 12:02 am

  17. Joe, I really enjoyed the railroad shots on your flickr pages. You have a good knowledge of trains.


    9 Apr 13 at 2:10 am

  18. Ted, why are you surpised? Columbia is just that way.


    9 Apr 13 at 6:33 am

  19. Get your camera, ted! Yesterday there was one of those big grabber demolition things in the parking lot and all the booths etc have already been removed. I bet they are going to knock the place down Monday morning.


    14 Apr 13 at 5:39 am

  20. As of 3PM on 4/16 they've collapsed pretty much the right side of the building.


    16 Apr 13 at 2:44 pm

  21. As of May 16, their hasn't been much further work on the building vs. what they've done in the pics shown, one month later...


    16 May 13 at 10:29 pm

  22. It's quite odd. They had the excavator or whatever you call it there for, I think, about two days, only one of which was it active. It's like they kind of lost interest in tearing it down after that first day..


    16 May 13 at 10:33 pm

  23. My guess is that they're having a problem--either permits, zoning, or money.


    17 May 13 at 6:11 am

  24. The demolition work started over a month ago has finally been completed and work on the PDQ will be underway by July 4th...

    PDQ was started by the founder of Outback Steakhouse.


    25 May 13 at 5:08 pm

  25. we are sorry burger king is closed


    28 Sep 13 at 5:45 pm

  26. I just checked and it appears that A&W (discussed earlier on this post) has several locations in the upstate of SC for those of you that feel inclined to eat at one...


    9 Oct 13 at 12:00 am

  27. Folks, PDQ is now open at this site and according to their menuboard, they feature the Coco-Cola Freestyle with all 127 beverage options...


    20 Mar 14 at 3:55 pm

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