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Tanners Convenience, 3745 Greeleyville Highway (Manning): 2011   10 comments

Posted at 12:23 am in out-of-area,stores

The middle route from Columbia to the Grand Strand takes you through Manning on SC-261. US-521 joins 261 there, and they run together until just east of Manning where 261 forks North to Kingstree and 521 continues on to Greeleyville.

Historically rest stops between Manning and Greeleyville have been pretty sparse, so perhaps that's why I especially noticed this rather lavish little gas plaza when it was constructed just a few years ago a little East of the 261/521 fork. That, and the fact that any sign with the word "pizza" on it tends to concentrate my attention.

While the right confluence of events hadn't ever happened, I figured it was a pretty sure thing that sooner or later I would be stopping at Tanners. Well, that was true, but not for the reasons I'd anticipated -- I noticed earlier this year that the place, which had started on such a large scale (this wasn't your typical no-name, one-guy, rural convenience store) so recently was well and truly gone.

I don't know if it turned out that US-521 wasn't as major a road as they had figured, but even with gas, pizza, bait and an attached liquor store as draws apparently the traffic wasn't there. LoopNet on the other hand, says they cleared $78,000 and 100,000 gallons monthly, so who knows?

At any rate, the road between Manning and Greeleyville is pretty empty again.

UPDATE 23 May 2012: This store is to re-open today under new ownership as an Ezshop. See the comments.

UPDATE 20 July 2012 -- Pictures of the re-opened shop:

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Written by ted on December 13th, 2011

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10 Responses to 'Tanners Convenience, 3745 Greeleyville Highway (Manning): 2011'

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  1. "We accept EBT" is a sure sign that a lot of inventory grew legs and walked off.

    tonkatoy

    13 Dec 11 at 7:57 am

  2. Pretty sure we stopped there a couple of times while staying at the Hampton Inn in Manning over by I-95 in the summer of 2008. Im not a guy who normally worries about the "makeup" of a convenience store, but i can remember feeling pretty worried about some of the characters hanging out there. It was still better than the place right next to the high way and across the street from the Hampton Inn that wouldnt sell me a bag of ice without buying something else (I bought a 20 oz Mountain Dew i think)

    IrmoJeff

    14 Dec 11 at 9:26 pm

  3. Hmm. I'm fairly sure you're thinking of another place as this one is a good number of miles east of I-95.

    Here's the Google map link.

    ted

    14 Dec 11 at 11:29 pm

  4. Isnt it between I-95 and Kingstree? My son was playing in a baseball tournament in Kingstree, but we were forced to stay in the Manning Hampton Inn because, well, Kingstree is a one horse town that makes Irmo look like downtown Manhattan and the only hotel in town was reserved for the umpires. Its a horrible place to hold a little league tournament. Awful. God willing i will never set foot in Kingstree again.

    IrmoJeff

    15 Dec 11 at 6:49 am

  5. Ok, yeah. Your other comment made me think you were talking about someplace near the hotel.

    ted

    15 Dec 11 at 11:07 am

  6. IrmoJeff,

    If you don't go to Kingstree, (or the vicinity), you are missing out on the best BBQ in SC!

    Jonathan

    15 Dec 11 at 5:24 pm

  7. We just bought this Tanners Store. It will be opening tomorrow (Wednesday May 23rd). It will be an ezshop with the gas branded HORIZON. I can assure you it will be well lit, and you will receive the best customer service. Thanks!

    Dustin

    22 May 12 at 10:57 pm

  8. Well, good!

    ted

    22 May 12 at 11:18 pm

  9. Kingstree is big time compared to Turbeville..now THAT'S a speed trap just waiting to happen and grab you if you go 1 mile over the speed limit. Irmo is a Metropolis compared to Turbeville, Kingstree, Clinton and Cayce and my personal favorite, the town of North. Now THAT'S SCARY!!

    Saturday's child

    22 May 12 at 11:43 pm

  10. Forgot about the lovely "city limits" of Olanta and Lake City too. If you're ever in any of these small towns, and you hear and see someone on their front porch playin' a banjo, you better run like a scared little girl and get out quick before you become someone's "new" friend.

    Saturday's child

    22 May 12 at 11:46 pm

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