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South Carolina Federal, Corner of Trenholm Road & Decker Boulevard: Friday 29 January 1993   38 comments

Posted at 7:42 pm in business,historic

This bank building sits on the corner of Trenholm and Decker across from Dent Middle School, catty-cornered from the Staples/Goodwill plaza and across from the Longhorn/Comedy House plaza. For some reason, it has been vacant and derelict since the 1980s. I can't recall what the original tenant was, or what happened to it. Perhaps it was a victim of the Great Savings & Loan Crisis; perhaps during the great bank merger boom it was swallowed up by a chain with a branch close enough that keeping it open didn't make sense. Maybe a teller cleaned out the vault and took off for Mexico..

That the architecture is so obviously bank-ish may explain why no other business has ever bought the building: If you put a restaurant or shoe store there, people's eyes would register "bank" and just skip over it. It doesn't explain, however, why the lot hasn't been sold and the building torn down for something new. There are no real-estate signs on the lot -- it appears that the owner has just given up on the property. I can understand that it might be hard to sell now with Decker in decline (both neighboring plazas are somewhat of hard-luck cases), but I don't recall ever seeing signs there. Access from Decker heading towards Two Notch would be a bit of a problem, but there is access from Trenholm and Decker heading towards Percival, so it's not awful.

At any rate, the clearly legible "CLOSED" sign in the drive through window (still mostly unbroken!) describes the situation more clearly than originally intended.

PS: If you need any CD jewel cases, there's a whole stack of them in a pile in the parking lot on the drive-through side).

UPDATE: Commenter Mike suggests it looks like a C&S branch.
UPDATE: Commenter Jim says South Carolina Federal Savings & Loan

UPDATE 31 December 2014 -- Well, I have had more pictures of this place for a while and had never got them uploaded. As you can see from this set taken on 10 April 2014 the building which was still basically structurally sound in the original pictures now has a gaping hole in the roof and is now totally unsalvagable. The hole has only gotten worse since April. Also, as you can see the note in the drive-through teller window confirms this as a South Carolina Federal location. South Carolina Federal was bought out by First Union in June of 1992, so the note specifying Friday 29 January as the last day can only refer to Friday 29 January 1993.

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Photoset 10 April 2014

Written by ted on March 7th, 2008

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  1. I could be wrong, but the building style not only screams BANK!, but it screams C&S BANK! built in the early-to-mid 80's. At the time I was living in Atlanta and only visited Columbia a few times a year, so I'm not sure if C&S was in the Columbia area at the time. But...that building looks like the eleventy-gazillion C&S branches that were all over metro Atlanta at the time.

    Mike

    8 Mar 08 at 10:43 pm

  2. I definitely remember there being "C&S" ("Citizens & Southern", if I recall correctly..) banks but don't remember anything about them. You may well be right. Thanks!

    ted

    9 Mar 08 at 12:46 am

  3. This was built as an office for South Carolina Federal Savings & Loan. Both this building and Granby's - diagonally across - apparently suffered from poor traffic access. Neither building was ever used by any other business.

    Jim M

    11 Mar 08 at 7:45 am

  4. who the hell pays taxes on this property??? I just do not get it.

    T

    2 May 08 at 3:54 pm

  5. SC Federal was absorbed by First Union (which was later absorbed by Wachovia). Remember that during the late '80s and early '90s, S&L's were failing left and right, and were taken over by more solvent institutions. This would have become a First Union property in the early '90s, although the new owners might have just closed it down instead of rebranding it. Don't know if there was an already-established First Union in the area.

    badger

    30 Jan 09 at 3:56 pm

  6. One thing worth noting about the access here is that this intersection is a little different now than when it was when this bank was in operation. First Union (now part of Wachovia) took over the “SC Federal” S&Ls in the early 90s, but I don’t know how long after that they operated this branch, if they ever did.

    Previously, across the street there was a Western Steer where the school is now. If I recall correctly, it was owned by Ed Bruce, who also owned the “Brake King” shops in town. For whatever reason, he got out from under the Western Steer name, and renamed his restaurant “Ed’s Steak Barn” for a short while before it closed. Later, the property was occupied by the “Black Forest,” a German-styled restaurant. I don’t know how well business was during that time, but its owner, Max Egloff died in 1988, it ended up closing. He also owned another Black Forest in the Asheville/Arden NC area. That one did live on after his death, but I don’t know if it’s still open.

    Anyway, after Black Forest, the property was razed, and the intersection redone to accommodate the school.

    badger

    15 Jul 09 at 4:01 pm

  7. When are you talking of? I ask because as far as I can recall, Dent Middle School (formerly Dent High School, I think) has been there longer than anything else.

    ted

    15 Jul 09 at 4:27 pm

  8. This woulda been early 1990s when they razed the restaurant area. I thought they added some new construction to the school in that location, but maybe they just did it to rework the intersection.

    badger

    15 Jul 09 at 7:49 pm

  9. Dent has been there since the '60s and maybe earlier as a High School. And when Spring Valley opened in apprx. '70-'71 Dent was changed to a junior high. Grades 8th and 9th. The restaurant on the corner was there during the '70s and I remember it being "The Hungry Bull" and then later something else. Decker was a hot area back then (late '70s-'80s). Who remembers when Studebakers and Duffs was open where Olive Garden and Red Lobster used to be. Appelgates Landing was across the street and that intersection was always busy. The Decker Mall with Kroger and Richway seemed busy all the time especially Kroger. Who remembers Flipside Records And Tapes right next door to Kroger. They always priced the new release albums at $5.99 which was as cheap as you could get them back then. Its sad to see how run down Decker is now.

    jjt

    16 Jul 09 at 9:21 am

  10. jjt or anybody,
    Was there another "The Hungry Bull" located anywhere else in Columbia? I vaguely remember that name, but don't think we'd driven out to Decker all the way from St. Andrews. We went to Parklane Seafood quite often though, so maybe we did. I remember another "Duff's" on Broad River Road. I think know is/was a female gym located in that building.

    Jonathan

    16 Jul 09 at 9:38 am

  11. Dentsville High School opened in the 1920's at that location, so the school has been there longer than anything else definitely.

    I remember going with my dad to buy a TI-994A computer at a computer store at Decker Mall, probably 1981. Also took guitar lessons at the music store at the mall around that time.

    Dave

    16 Jul 09 at 9:39 am

  12. I think one other Hungry Bull was in the same area as the 360 Club and Heartbreakers on Bush River. May have been others, too. I don't recall which building exactly, but it was later occupied by Tez's Mexican restaurant. Also in that same area was some sort of club/restaurant called "Fannigans," which at one point I think Wendy Ethel was running or managing.

    badger

    16 Jul 09 at 9:45 am

  13. Does anyone remember the short lived Go-Cart track that was behind or to the right of Dent on Trenholm were the Burger King is now. They were there briefly in around '81-'83. I remember going there and when a train would go over the bridge on Decker it was like being off-road on those go-carts. Really loud and the ground would shake you were so close. Further down Trenholm in that little strip mall on the right was a T&T Sports. I think from around '75-'78.

    jjt

    16 Jul 09 at 9:47 am

  14. There is no "Hungry Bull" on Decker in the 1970 or 1976 phonebook. In 1970, there was a "Hungry I" on Decker, and in 1976, there was a "Hungry Bull" on Bush River.

    ted

    16 Jul 09 at 9:50 am

  15. I certainly remember the Decker Mall record store and still have some of those LPs (somewhere..). When they were going under, they put out an ambiguous "Going out for business" sign.

    ted

    16 Jul 09 at 9:52 am

  16. Yes, I remember the Go Karts. After that, I think the Go Kart building was a "Pet Med" store for a bit.

    ted

    16 Jul 09 at 9:54 am

  17. Jonathan, I remember a Hungry Bull on Bush river where Badger stated. Parklane Seafood was awesome. One vivid memory was of a a biker type guy that was there late in the afternoon for the all you can eat crab legs. He would prop a book up against a napkin holder and use a bayonet knife to hold his place while reading. He was a machine..reading and eating. Luckily he would always leave before the dinner crowd and we would only see him when we went early. Which really didn't matter because he never bothered anyone. My brother had a girlfriend that worked at the Hungry Bull on Decker. He would drag me there to get her after work and I would sit there eating crackers and drinking tea while they chatted with the other workers they knew. Dave was the name of the Music Store at Decker Mall Melody Music? Why does that name sound familiar?

    jjt

    16 Jul 09 at 10:07 am

  18. Pet Med store! I was trying to remember what it was after the Go Carts.

    jjt

    16 Jul 09 at 10:09 am

  19. Thanks. We would have certainly gone to the one on Bush River. Speaking of that building, and while I was writing the first post, I remember "Jaws" seafood restaurant there. I'm sure I wanted to go because of the movie. Thinking of the sign and menu, it was downright copyright infringement of the shark coming out of the water that was used on all the promos. I remember Tez's, but it was on the other side of 26, at least at one point. If you took the Bush River exit coming towards Columbia and crossed through the light, it was straight ahead. I also remember the sign for "The Matador" motel, which I believe was located in the current Red Roof Inn building.

    Jonathan

    16 Jul 09 at 10:18 am

  20. JJT, yep it was definitely Melody Music.

    Dave

    16 Jul 09 at 10:25 am

  21. I remember the Mexican restaurant across Bush River from the off ramp being "Miranda's Mexican Restaurant." Miranda's had the absolutely most limited salad bar I had ever seen, maybe four or five items, including lettuce and dressing. Didn't know that Tez's had been there, too. I do remember Tez's being in the old Hungry Bull, though. Later, the "Miranda's" building would be a club called "Bottoms Up."

    badger

    16 Jul 09 at 10:38 am

  22. There was a Hungry Bull on Garner's Ferry across from Colonial Furniture. I know it was there in 76-77. I believe its a Mexican place now.

    jamie

    16 Jul 09 at 11:07 am

  23. I loved flipside records at Decker Mall. The first tape I ever bought was Van Halen 1984. I got it there when I was in first grade.

    Dent has expanded a lot but I'm not sure if they expanded as far over as where the restaurant was. I remember at one point that place sold silverware to other restaurants.

    MR BILL

    16 Jul 09 at 12:25 pm

  24. I had forgotten about it being a "restaurant supply" business.

    If you look at Google Maps Street View at 2782 Decker Blvd, that's the building that I thought was new construction for the school after the restaurant closed. But maybe not. Maybe they just widened the road over the old property.

    badger

    16 Jul 09 at 1:01 pm

  25. Jonathan, what you're thinking about on that side of 26 wasn't Tez's. After that location was Fanigan's, it was a soutwest/tex-mex restaurant called Papanada's. I thought it was pretty good -- lots of mesquite-grilled items. There was another one in Augusta that outlasted the one here, but I think it's closed, too.

    E.J.

    16 Jul 09 at 6:52 pm

  26. I remember the restauratn next to dent being a Hungry Bull. In fact they created a lot of controversy becazuse school officials believed that they wanted to use the school's parking lot for the restaurant and lure schools kid there for lunch. Consequently, a big fence was built around the school to prevent both those things.

    The Hungry Bull chain did not last long, myabe 2-4 years, before it went kaput.

    Tom

    17 Jul 09 at 10:24 am

  27. Having driven thru this intersection recently, I think what they did was they moved the intersection with Decker eastward, so that Trenholm would go straight across to the extension instead of merging in with Decker. So the redirected approach to Decker is probably over the old Bull/Steer/Black Forest location.

    badger

    17 Jul 09 at 7:27 pm

  28. Is there an address on this building?

    Lu R

    25 May 10 at 1:09 pm

  29. The Go-cart track was either where this bank building was or right next to it. That place was awesome! I went there for a couple of birthday parties. Some kids got probably got hurt, the owners sued which led to the demise of the only go-cart track around!

    palmettopanic

    26 May 11 at 12:42 pm

  30. I do have an entry for the go kart track but unfortunately no pictures.

    ted

    26 May 11 at 1:55 pm

  31. Looks like this building may nt be long for the world. It appears to be an impending victim for the (soon to be) failed attempt to revitalize Decker.

    http://www.thestate.com/2011/10/24/2020814/pick-a-corner-do-something.html

    tonkatoy

    24 Oct 11 at 8:51 am

  32. Jim Manning is trying to revitalize Decker Blvd. and is stating with this intersection and the owner of the new Taco Bell at Decker & Trenholm has taken notice

    Goodwill moved into the former Phar-Mor/Superpetz location in Fashion Place recently and it appears that Its Fashion Metro will open on Goodwill's old spot

    Now to see what become of Richland County setting up auxilary offices in Decker Mall

    The article tonkatoy linked is day 2 of a 4 day series The State is planning to do on reviving the Decker corridor that has gone into decline as further Northeast Richland developments such as Sparkelberry Square, Village at Sandhill, etc. took shape. Day 3 will feature what is coming to Decker and I am looking forward to seeing where that goes. I think one of the biggest things that needs to happen since Richland County is opening auxiliary offices at Decker Mall is to find folks for the former Olive Garden/Red Lobster buildings across the street.

    Andrew

    24 Oct 11 at 12:02 pm

  33. I read in today's The State today that after being vacant for more than a decade, this building is about to be demolished.

    A lien has been placed on the property, the bulk of it being for asbestos removal.

    Building owner LW Smith hopes that demolishing this building will pave the way for a the 1½ acre tract for an office building or restraint.

    Richland County Council member Jim Manning feels that this demolition might be his biggest accomplishment yet...

    I definitely feel it's for the best that this building get demolished and am happy to see it go considering the condition it's in...I'd like to see something new get built but I won't be holding my breath...

    Andrew

    27 Dec 14 at 7:56 pm

  34. About time!!

    Homer

    28 Dec 14 at 1:26 am

  35. This building has been empty for at least 20 years, I think.

    Cam

    29 Dec 14 at 11:54 pm

  36. I have verified that this was a South Carolina Federal location, and have updated the post title to reflect that and the correct closing date. I have also added new pictures of the place with an emphasis on the gaping hole in the roof.

    ted

    31 Dec 14 at 2:30 am

  37. This is apparently what happens when you let a bank building sit vacant for almost 22 years...

    Finally, This building is about to have an overdue date with the excavator and hopefully something else will have a go of it.

    Andrew

    1 Jan 15 at 4:17 pm

  38. Google Maps thinks this is addressed at 2765 Decker Blvd...

    Oh and BTW about Dent Middle School...1970 was the last year of Dentsville High School as my mom was in the last graduating class of that HS and that's when she graduated...shortly thereafter Spring Valley HS opened and the original Dentsville HS was overhauled to house Dent Middle School...several years ago the school was rebuilt (from what I understand it was built to keep people employed during the Great Depression so it just got to be time to overhaul everything)...in fact Crayton Middle School was rebuilt during the same timeframe for comparable reasons

    Andrew

    10 Jan 15 at 5:46 pm

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