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The Toy Box / United Car Sales, 5311 Forest Drive: February 2012 (moved)   7 comments

Posted at 2:39 am in Uncategorized

United Car Sales was a small used car lot on Forest Drive just east of Four J's Plaza, next to Ambassador Animal Hospital. As reported by commenters Andrew & Matt, the place was torn down last month, and has since been confirmed as the second location for Cookout hamburger restaurant in Columbia. At first it seemed sort of an odd location choice to me, but then I remembered that Forest Drive is an Interstate exit now. Cookout advertises their Orangeburg location with I-26 billboards, and will presumably advertise this spot with billboards on I-77.

I'm not sure what The Toy Box was, but it's the other google hit for 5311 Forest Drive. I don't think it was an actual "toy" store however as I probably would have heard of that.

(Hat tips to commenters Matt & Andrew)

UPDATE 4 April 2012 -- Changed post title to add "moved" as the status for United based on commenter R H Lancaster's info. Cook Out construction continues:

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UPDATE 16 April 2012 -- Here is United's new home on Garners Ferry Road at I-77 (as far as I can tell, they have been listed in the past as both "United Auto" and "United Car"):

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UPDATE 30 June 2012 -- As these pictures from 20 May and 21 June 2012 show, they are progressing and scheduled to be open on 1 July 2012:

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UPDATE 3 July 2012 -- Cookout is open!

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Written by ted on March 10th, 2012

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7 Responses to 'The Toy Box / United Car Sales, 5311 Forest Drive: February 2012 (moved)'

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  1. In addition to what Ted said about Cookout advertising their Orangeburg location with I-26 billboards, I can confirm that throughout North Carolina, many cookout locations there are advertised with interstate billboards as well (so it's a fairly safe assumption to believe Cookout will do likewise with this new one)

    Andrew

    10 Mar 12 at 8:50 pm

  2. There used to be a Toy Box on Pineview Road that my Mom swore up and down sold high end exotic and muscle cars. Can't confirm it because I got stiff armed at the place when I showed up to have a look.

    tonkatoy

    12 Mar 12 at 6:46 am

  3. I do not know that they sold cars but they did some jam up renovating. While having a bedliner sprayed on a few years back they were working on about a half dozen classics in the shop, and the owner told me some re-builds took up to a year. Toy Box seemed like an odd name since the west coast shops are called Custom this and Custom that. A car owner would have to know exactly what the business did because the name did not define them.

    Terry

    12 Mar 12 at 8:26 am

  4. UNITED CAR SALES!! now on Garners Ferry at Leesburg Rd. Unless they have moved again since Dec 2011.

    R H Lancaster

    1 Apr 12 at 3:40 pm

  5. folks, the opening date for Cookout at this site has been set for:

    {{drumroll}}

    July 1

    Andrew

    23 May 12 at 11:55 pm

  6. Good to hear that. I drive by the place every few days and it has been fun watching the exterior take shape.

    Terry

    24 May 12 at 5:18 am

  7. Where you gonna get it?

    Rick

    24 Mar 13 at 7:46 am

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