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S-Mart BP, 4601 Devine Street: Early April 2012   18 comments

Posted at 12:43 am in Uncategorized

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When I would eat at Ruby Tuesday, I would occasionally stop at this S-Mart BP (which I'm pretty sure started as a Hess) on my way home, especially since they tore down the Forest Drive Circle K. It was nothing special, though I always thought it was a bit odd that they had the "under seige"/"cashier in a cage" setup inside as the area doesn't seem especially bad to me.

I'm pretty sure that the number of pumps decreased over the last year or so, something I wondered about. It may be that the writing has been on the wall for a while..

When the ax did fall, they wasted no time getting the remaining pumps out of there, a process that usually takes a little while.

The side road to this place, Crowson Road is an odd little street that connects Devine with Fort Jackson Boulevard and also has a semi "back way" into K-Mart with a bridge over Gills Creek. It has always had sort of an unfinished/1960s vibe to me. I guess this is probably due mostly to the odd cluster of buildings, from the original Egg Roll Station building to the old buildings at the intersection with Fort Jackson Boulevard..

(Hat tip to commenter Badger)

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UPDATE 14 May 2012 -- The place has now been boarded up, and they are starting to dig in the parking lot, presumably in advance of getting the tanks out:

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UPDATE 6 June 2012 -- Well, that's it for this place!

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UPDATE 14 July 2012 -- As mentioned in the comments, it's going to be a "Moe's" and "Smash Burger" as seen in this (shot against the sun) sign:

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UPDATE 23 August 2012 -- The new building has started going up:

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UPDATE 17 October 2012 -- It looks as if the building is about done:

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UPDATE 31 October 2012 -- The put up the "now hiring" sign for Moe's on 30 October:

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UPDATE 9 January 2013 -- Both Moe's & Smashburger are open now:

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Written by ted on April 26th, 2012

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  1. Actually, the Pitt-Stop across the street was originally a Hess.

    Mike

    26 Apr 12 at 7:48 am

  2. A new retail development is going to be built on this site. It is my understanding that a Moe's and a new burger chain called Smash Burger (www.smashburger.com) are going to be the tenants.

    David

    26 Apr 12 at 8:06 am

  3. Right about the former Hess being the Pitt Stop up the hill. This actually started life as an Amoco back in the mid 1980s.

    badger

    26 Apr 12 at 8:16 am

  4. Didnt "Dees Recaps" sit in about the same spot before they tore it down and built Amoco? It would have been around the mid 80's I think..?? I wonder why they closed? and they sure didnt waste any time tearin' the place apart.

    Saturday's child

    26 Apr 12 at 9:13 am

  5. I recall both the Pitt Stop up the road at 4452 Devine Street and the one at 4377 Augusta Road in Lexington (US #1 and St. David's Church Road) having Hess gasoline but now both stations are Shell

    Andrew

    26 Apr 12 at 12:22 pm

  6. I asked one of the cashier's I know at Bi-Lo across the street from here if she knew anything about it, and was told that the property had been sold, and that's why it closed. I dont know who or whom owned the land, but I guess they wanted the money for whatever reasons and I guess make more from a new place after nearly 30 years of this being here.

    Saturday's child

    26 Apr 12 at 3:32 pm

  7. Those Hess stations sold Hess 101 octane gas and it was like jet fuel in my Mustang engine. I just could not afford to pay 34 cents/gallon every time I gassed up.

    Terry

    26 Apr 12 at 9:37 pm

  8. I remember when "Gass-o-hol" was the thing.. and I thought 50 cents a gallon was TOO much. I remember 100 octain also..but that's been years.

    Saturday's child

    26 Apr 12 at 9:40 pm

  9. I remember $20 being enough to fill my mom's 1987 Chevy Celebrity Station Wagon (and this was in the 90s).

    My dad used to try to go to Hess stations because they made an extra effort to keep their stations clean when so many others weren't known for their cleanliness.

    Andrew

    26 Apr 12 at 9:49 pm

  10. I remember watching my Dad fill up the car for 25 cents a gallon when I was small. I got my license during the time of the first gas crisis. I was pissed that the minute I got a chance to drive gas had gone up to 50 cents a gallon. 20 gallons for $10.00. Lord, those were the days....hahaha!!

    Homer

    26 Apr 12 at 10:33 pm

  11. Actually, the Dee's Recaps was located where Applebees now sits (I think).

    David H

    26 Apr 12 at 11:21 pm

  12. That's what I thought too..it sat pretty much where Applebees is now..I dont remember what was next to it though. This would have been the early 80's (1981-1983) or maybe just a little after. The Drive-In was still across the street in '81 too, but it was torn down that same year and they built Family Mart. I wonder what's gonna become of the 50 year old Kmart building?

    Saturday's child

    27 Apr 12 at 12:13 am

  13. This has signage indicating that it will feature a Moe's Southwest Grill (presumably with the Coco-Cola Freestyle, featuring 120 beverage options) and Smash burger.

    Andrew

    13 Jul 12 at 9:02 pm

  14. Yeah, I've got a picture somewhere that I'll get up soon..

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    Ok, done!

    ted

    14 Jul 12 at 1:20 pm

  15. folks, Moe's Southwest Grill is now open at this site and a nearby billboard indicates that Smash burger will be open in Mid-December. Both places will feature the Coco-Cola Freestyle with app. 120 beverage options.

    Andrew

    1 Dec 12 at 2:29 pm

  16. Smash burger with the Coco-Cola Freestyle machine (and 3 separate tea dispensers) is now open (meaning 130 beverage options)

    Andrew

    13 Dec 12 at 5:10 pm

  17. The State had a story about it on Wed.

    ted

    14 Dec 12 at 1:12 am

  18. Since Fish Wrap went behind the paywall, I don't go there anymore.

    tonkatoy

    14 Dec 12 at 7:41 am

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