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Noland Bath & Idea Center, 730 Elmwood Avenue: July 2009   11 comments

Posted at 12:57 am in Uncategorized

Commenter Jamie pointed out this closing some time ago. In the event, I didn't have a mental image of where the place was, and didn't get around to going over there in a timely fashion.

Later, in March of last year (2011) commenters 59 Ford Wheelman and tonkatoy noted that the place was being torn down.

That time, I did get over there and got a fair number of pictures (including the first set below), but still never got around to doing a closing on it.

Yesterday I was coming in on I-126 and finally noticed the place again. This time I saw the whole thing was razed to the ground, and that it was a big complex, taking the whole block bounded by Elmwood, Gadsden, Calhoun and Wayne. Furthermore, the lot has been sold, so presumably something will be happening here soon.

(Noland itself remains in business in other places.)

(Hat tip to commenter Jamie)

[Don't click through unless you want to see too many pictures..]

March 2011:

March 2012:

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  1. I hear some credit union is building here.


    13 Mar 12 at 6:37 am

  2. Noland was originally located on Marion Street next to the old Colonial Life Insurance building until they moved to Elmwood I guess in the 70's or 80's? But I'm not sure. I remember Noland on Marion Street though..but that's been quite a while.

    Saturday's child

    13 Mar 12 at 1:34 pm

  3. In line with what tonkatoy suggests, based on last I heard during a recent neighborhood association meeting, this location is still supposed to house a future credit union building. There doesn't seem any site work going on though yet.


    19 Jun 13 at 3:03 pm

  4. Was this the place that used to be Wickes? I remember coming somewhere to Wickes somewhere in downtown Columbia with my father.


    19 Jun 13 at 6:28 pm

  5. @badger - Wickes was a building supply store that used to be in Columbia. I'm looking at Google maps now and I think it was located on Blossom St. somewhere around the location of the current USC Greek village due to the proximity to the railroad tracks. My uncle was almost killed there when a forklift operator dropped a palate of of lumber on him.

    My Dad worked at Columbia Lumber Company when it was located at the corner of either Hampton or Taylor and Huger. They were supplied by the other rail line coming into town. They had a complete mill on site that could make any custom woodwork that a contractor might require for their construction.


    20 Jun 13 at 1:37 am

  6. Oh, I remember what it was. I also remember at some point, maybe in the 1970s, they changed their name to "Nolan" or "Noland." I'm just not clear on where they were located.


    21 Jun 13 at 5:35 am

  7. They are finally moving earth here.


    10 Jul 13 at 7:08 am

  8. I wonder if Central Assembly of God is moving here based on what Roy noted on that page...


    10 Jul 13 at 10:51 am

  9. Far as I know, still a credit union.


    10 Jul 13 at 1:49 pm

  10. Yes, it is still the credit union, there is a sign showing a rendition of the building out front and it is definitely a credit union looking place.


    9 Aug 13 at 11:21 pm

  11. The credit union is now fully built and in operation at this site.


    7 Dec 14 at 11:07 am

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