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Kroger / Chick-fil-A, 817 Saint Andrews Road: 27 April 2012   65 comments

Posted at 4:08 am in closing




















Well, we've been talking about it for weeks, but Friday was the day the Kroger (and associated Chick-Fil-A) on Saint Andrews Road at I-26 finally closed. I suspect these pictures show the last time that sign will be illuminated.

UPDATE 5 December 2014 -- Roses is now open, and the remodel for Save A Lot has started:








UPDATE 28 January 2021: Adding tags and map icon.

UPDATE 4 October 2023 -- The left side of the old Kroger (which Roses didn't take over) is a Spirit Haloween this year (2023):






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  1. I wonder what (if anything) will take the place of this? That means Bi-Lo is the only one left in that area..and that place is really falling apart.

    Saturday's child

    28 Apr 12 at 11:40 am

  2. Gator investments has a large task on their hands replacing what is now this former Kroger #409...

    hat tip to Alicia on this one


    28 Apr 12 at 11:57 am

  3. I never shopped at the store but I used to love to pop in to pick up a couple of Chick-Fil-A's on the way home from work so I wouldn't have to hassle with the Harbison traffic.

    I'd love to see something like a Fresh Market or some kinds of organic grocery store open up in this location. I can't understand why the St. Andrew's area doesn't already have one.


    28 Apr 12 at 10:21 pm

  4. More parking for IHOP!!


    29 Apr 12 at 10:29 am

  5. Organic grocery store? Thats just what the hood needs!!


    29 Apr 12 at 10:54 am

  6. Kind of sad. I used to live in a few different condos near that store, and it was always convenient. I'm guessing the nearby WalMart on Bush River put a cramp in their profits. Even in recent months the store seemed to have pretty good traffic, but apparently not enough to keep the doors open.


    29 Apr 12 at 11:06 am

  7. Considering this store lasted a good 5 years after Walmart #4379 opened, I doubt Walmart put much a dent...I wonder if having two St. Andrews Road Krogers finally caught up to them...but then I doubt it's likely we'll understand fully what did Kroger #409 it's doubtful that we can ever understand what lead to this place's unprofitably but I do recall reading on the St. Andrews Patch last summer that there was a shoplifting incident here on my bday and that makes me wonder...


    29 Apr 12 at 12:11 pm

  8. I am a 45 yr old Caucasian male. From the majority of the clientele to the staff at this Kroger, I was never made comfortable. Everyone looked at you as to “what are you doing here”. I tried shopping here a few times, but could never get the staff to help me find things. I imagine the Check Cashing kept them open. The Time Warner office and Jewelry Warehouse first the two end caps to pull out.
    This Kroger is 5 minutes from my house where as the Irmo one is much farther and out of the way. I gladly drive farther to the Irmo one. Cleaner store. Friendlier and helpful staff. My son loves Chick Fila, so we stopped here at times. That was it


    29 Apr 12 at 2:58 pm

  9. Does anyone know when this one opened?

    I always assumed it was newer than the Irmo location - which strikes me as kind of dumpy. Of course, everything is dumpy compared to Publix. If I ever make it to the "big time" I'll start shopping there instead of WalMart.


    29 Apr 12 at 10:13 pm

  10. Jewelry Warehouse moved to Bower Parkway back in September 2010.


    29 Apr 12 at 10:40 pm

  11. I don't know when Kroger at 7467 Woodrow Street in Irmo opened but it was mentioned in the newspaper article announcing its closure that #409 (817 St. Andrews Road) opened up in 1994.

    A part of me has darted around the idea at times that Piggly Wiggly is on the dumpy side...


    29 Apr 12 at 10:49 pm

  12. Well, there is still the Bi-lo on St. Andrews and the one in Friarsgate Plaza. Then there are the three Publix on Harbison, Hwy 6 from the lake toward Ballentine and the one at Broad River and Kennerly. These all seem to be doing pretty well.


    29 Apr 12 at 10:52 pm

  13. St. Andrews Road has two Bi-Los...they have the one at Widewater Square (3315 Broad River Road) and then the Friarsgate Plaza one. February 27, 2002, Bi-Lo #442 opened up at 6021 St. Andrews Road (replacing the former Bi-Lo #84 at 275 Harbison Blvd). Bi-Lo has started to remodel several of their locations (mostly their West Columbia/Cayce ones as well as the Chapin location) and I seem to think that it's only a matter of time before those 3 get a new look. My mom thought Harbison's Bi-Lo was a 'third world store' and the new 6021 St. Andrews Road storewas an improvement for them.

    Murray Landing's Construction took months to get underway before Publix finally opened in mid-late 2003. Kennerly Crossing followed late 2004/early 2005.


    29 Apr 12 at 11:18 pm

  14. Andrew - There used to be a big difference between the St. Andrews Rd. and Friarsgate stores, however, I haven't been in Friarsgate in quite a while so I have no idea how they may have changed.

    It seems that the Friarsgate store used to cater more to the older, 'rural' residents of the area. They used to be lacking in the organic department and used to stock more food stuffs that you would have found in older grocery stores. Things such as more country meats like liver pudding, tripe, chitterlings and such. Things that would have been associated with a 'rural' lifestyle. Use everything but the oink!! My Grandmother used to send me to Friarsgate to get head cheese for her (look it up on Wiki).

    They used to have less ethnic foods (outside of Mexican and Oriental) and I'd dare you to find something like hearts of palm, jicama or taro. If memory serves me correctly they used to sell local produce like the old Piggly Wiggly on Lake Murray Blvd. did.

    Not sure what the store is like now.


    29 Apr 12 at 11:51 pm

  15. The times I've been in the Friarsgate store after 6021 St. Andrews opened, the aesthics of the store reminded me of Harbison but I don't notice the details of the store's selection the way you described, Homer.

    The Friarsgate Plaza location how has a Contract Postal Unit in the BiLo.


    30 Apr 12 at 12:33 am

  16. @Andrew

    Interesting that it opened in 1994. I would have thought a little earlier... perhaps this was a direct replacement for the location that became Burlington Coat Factory in Bush River Mall (now WalMart)? Maybe not though... I worked in that BCF in the summer of 1991. I know the location in Irmo was there in 1988 when I first moved to Columbia, but I really don't remember much about the St. Andrews location prior to some of my friends working at that Chic-fil-a in around 1996.


    30 Apr 12 at 8:51 pm

  17. Do any other Krogers have Chick-Fil-A or other chain restaurants? That is new to me.

    There's a supermarket chain here in Michigan called Spartan Stores. One of their nameplates, Glen's, has both Dairy Queen and Starbucks in its flagship store, which always struck me as odd for such a small town.

    Bobby P.

    30 Apr 12 at 9:49 pm

  18. I've never seen one in another Kroger, but that's not to say there's not one somewhere. It really did a nice little lunch business on the times I went there.


    30 Apr 12 at 9:57 pm

  19. The Sparkleberry Kroger has a Starbucks.


    30 Apr 12 at 10:17 pm

  20. I don't know when Kroger left Bush River Mall but I do remember Burlington Coat Factory being at Bush River Mall before moving to Dutch Square sometime around the 1996-8 timeframe.


    30 Apr 12 at 10:22 pm

  21. Thanks for the hat tip Andrew! Yes and BCF was at Dutch Square around 1995 becasue I got some school clothes from there my junior year in high school.


    1 May 12 at 1:45 pm

  22. The Irmo Kroger opened in 1983 I am pretty sure possibly 82. The only other Chick-f-ila I know of in a Kroger was in Martinez GA a few others were slated but it didn't work out due to stand alone stores going in close by. 409 was a very nice store when it first opened however the apartments that were built nearby became Section 8 hot spots. Also a grocery store wants houses near by not apartments. Apartments dweller shoppers are convenience shoppers while house dwellers are loyal shoppers. An average convenience shopper spends $20 on a grocery trip while a loyal shopper spends $150. 409 average transaction was $8 the irmo store average transaction is $25. I was in 409 getting product and a couple of fixtures for Irmo and I meant to take some pictures of it emptied out. It is a very strange feeling to be in an emptied out grocery store


    4 May 12 at 12:00 pm

  23. ted the Irmo Kroger also has a Starbucks.


    4 May 12 at 12:13 pm

  24. Sad, but far from surprising. That area is not a business owner's dream.

    columbia native

    5 May 12 at 1:44 am

  25. That entire area of St. Andrews is an "Am-was" place. It's heyday was in the 80's maybe, and went downhill afterwards. It isnt the best place to be at night..especially around the Broad River Rd. area up to the corner of Broad River and Bush River road.. Jerry Sims seems to be doing right well actually on St. Andrews Rd, but he's the only exeption to that rule.

    Saturday's child

    5 May 12 at 8:48 am

  26. I totally agree Saturday. I used to live in St. Andrews Commons in the early 90's. Bowled at Brunswick. Shot pool at Opening Break. Hung out at Bubba N Bucks laughing at the cowboy wanna-be's. Shopped the Bi-Lo every week. It was getting sketchy in that area at that time. I drove down Broad River Rd to catch I-20 going to work on Friday (for a change of pace) and shook my head to see how much worse it looked than the last time I drove through there (about six months ago). I wonder how long it will take for the blight to make it to Irmo?


    6 May 12 at 2:11 am

  27. There is also a Food Lion on St. Andrews next to the dollar movie theatre.

    I oftened shopped in this Kroger and it always struck me as being very busy.


    6 May 12 at 12:22 pm

  28. The Food Lion Tom referenced at Richardson Plaza was one of the ones Food Lion remodeled during the spring/summer 2009 when they remodeled all the area locations as part of a corporate re-branding effort.

    There was another Food Lion at Seven Oaks Shopping Center (6169 St. Andrews Road) that didn't get touched during the spring/summer '09 remodels that closed the following February.

    chris has offered some interesting insight as to why this Kroger closed (and opened my eyes with regard to the grocery business in general). Between Jan. 2011 and Dec. 2012, it was operating at a projected loss of close to $3M and so I can see where it was wise for Kroger to cut their losses and explore other opportunities.


    6 May 12 at 7:54 pm

  29. Regarding the Food Lion at Seven Oaks. I never shopped there. It had existed under several other names over the years and it seemed like no one ever took the time to totally bring it up to date. Correct me if I'm wrong but I think it started out as a Colonial Stores then something else that I can't recall before becoming Food Town then morphing into Food Lion. I've been in the Big Lots more times that when it was a grocery store.

    I do, however, shop at the K-Mart in Seven Oaks just because hardly anyone else does. Seems that the only people that shop there are like me. They do not want to fight the traffic and crowds just so they may save a few cents at Wal-Mart.


    6 May 12 at 9:17 pm

  30. Homer, I always knew it as Food Lion but there was some discussion on the closing page that it had a few names prior to it being Food Lion. I do recall, however, that when Eckerd moved out to 6118 St. Andrews Road back in Aug. 1998 that Food Lion wound up expanding into their old space and around that time, the remainder of Seven Oaks Shopping center got a makeover in which the metal siding was painted green. The weird thing is that when Big Lots took the place over, they left a vacant space on the opposite side that is about the size of what Eckerd was before they moved out.

    * Eckerd became Rite Aid in mid-late 2007


    6 May 12 at 10:05 pm

  31. Andrew - I checked the Food Lion closing page and it said that it was once a Big Star. That was the name I couldn't recall. My Mom is the one that remembers it originally being a Colonial Store when the mall first opened. I had forgotten about Food Lion taking over the drug store space when they expanded.


    6 May 12 at 10:44 pm

  32. Andrew - do you remember the German restaurant that used to be in that area? The one that burned.


    6 May 12 at 10:45 pm

  33. Homer, I don't recall the name of it, but I do remember seeing the charcoaled roof when it burned back in the late 1997/early 1998 timeframe (I was in 4th grade at the time). It was finally demolished and a car wash now sits on the site.


    6 May 12 at 10:48 pm

  34. @ Homer, Andrew. The name of the restaurant was Golden Crown.


    7 May 12 at 1:06 pm

  35. The Golden Crown was awesome. Loved that place when I was a little kid in the mid to late 80s


    7 May 12 at 3:33 pm

  36. Thanks Jonathan! That place had some great food. I haven't tried the new German place over on Harbison. If they are half as good as The Golden Crown was I would be impressed. Funny how few German establishments we have around town.


    7 May 12 at 6:36 pm

  37. Homer, the German restaurant you are referencing is called Huller's, and it's located at the former Sticky Fingers (380 Columbiana Drive)


    9 May 12 at 7:05 pm

  38. Andrew - I haven't tried Huller's yet. One of the guys at work tried it and was disappointed with the food. He said that everything was very bland and unappealing. I love German food and would love to hear if anyone else has tried it.


    10 May 12 at 10:03 pm

  39. Homer - I have been to Hullers several times and enjoyed it every time, as has my whole family. Now, there is a certain blandness to every German meal that I have ever had. It's not a bad thing, just I've never thought of German food as spicy as much as hearty. They have a buffet with a really good selection of dishes (mostly different meat dishes, which is a real plus) and very good desserts. I would definitely give it a try.


    11 May 12 at 1:41 pm

  40. Homer, make sure you have a Groupon. Food was very bland, which could be the style, as I'm not as familiar with German food. I was not looking for "spiciness" so much as flavor. I thought that there would be more sausage based dishes. I did not eat on the buffet, as I tend to avoid those. It's not that it was bad, but we probably will not return. It took an hour to get our food on a Saturday night at around 6:00. That is from ordering to food on the table. There were four of us. They did have Aventinus on tap, at a fair price, Liter for $9. Definitely the best part of the dining experience.


    14 May 12 at 8:03 am

  41. I talked to a Kroger employee who told me that in 2011 this store lost $1.5 million due to theft and food going out of date, the latter being a sign of poor management. According to her, this is why it was closed. She also said that business at the Irmo Kroger has picked up dramatically since this one closed.


    21 Jun 12 at 1:34 pm

  42. I've seen a couple of help wanted posters at this location (not sure what for)


    29 Jun 12 at 10:57 am

  43. Within walking distance of this, towards Kay Street is an Japanese restraunt called Ichiaro that didn't last long...

    This means that Gator Investments has 3 spots here at St. Andrews Crossing to try to fill...


    9 Mar 13 at 11:51 am

  44. My father retired from Kroger. I remember going to the grand opening preview of this store as a kid in '93. Times have definitely changed.


    22 Mar 13 at 3:12 pm

  45. My father retired from Kroger. I remember going to the grand opening preview of this store as a kid in '93. Times ahve definitely changed.


    22 Mar 13 at 3:12 pm

  46. I sit here on the first anniversary of the closing of this Kroger with news that the Fred's just across the interstate at St. Andrews Shopping Center at 736-C St. Andrews Road will be closing soon.

    I found an ad for when it opened on February 29, 2008 and it listed 5 locations and of those 5, the only one still standing is at 2702 Emmanuel Church Road in West Columbia.

    It has me wondering: If I'm a commercial real estate broker and I'm looking to lease to Fred's, will they serve their 5 year lease and close up shop...


    27 Apr 13 at 1:54 pm

  47. i often wonder if piggly wiggly would do better in this spot since it has more entrences like the desput was about in high point centre te should move there and i think piggly wiggly would be great there


    10 Sep 13 at 12:36 pm

  48. So Homer mentioned in Have Your say that Roses would be coming here.

    I pulled up the site plan on Gator Investments as soon as I saw that to see what insight they have.

    Where Kroger once was, the space is marked Roses with the sign 'coming soon'.

    They are leaving 19,892 square feet for something else (which surprises me). This means that it's going to be 33,818 square feet. One I'm familiar with at Ashland Junction in Ashland, VA is 54,000 square feet so this one will be significantly smaller than I was envisioning but for all I know, this is Roses experimenting with a smaller store size. Another possibility is the sister Variety Wholesalers store Maxway (which used to be at Dutch square *Planet Fitness now occupies their former location*) or Super 10 could utilize the remaining space.

    In addition, Roses took over the former Sears at Sumter Mall.

    This also (most likely) rules out Roses as a prospective tenant for the former Kmart at Seven Oaks Shopping Center (which is one possibility I've darted around at times).


    26 Jun 14 at 9:26 pm

  49. @Andrew - there used to be a Roses 5 and 10 cent store on Main St. back in the 60's/early 70's. I wonder if this is the same company as the one I remember. According to Wiki Roses has been in business since 1915 and they were mainly a southeastern store. So it may be possible. After all, dollar stores are the 21st century equivalents of dime stores. Does anyone out there know.


    29 Jun 14 at 1:01 am

  50. There was a Rose's in Trenholm Plaza for many years.


    29 Jun 14 at 12:37 pm

  51. Signage announcing Roses has been installed.

    At one point there was an RCSD Sheriff Substation here and their office entrance was towards the right (side closest to Papa John's) and that looks like said entrance will be the entrance of the Roses.

    This is now on my list of sites to keep an eye on in the coming months as 817 St. Andrews welcomes Roses. The thing of it is, it's going to be only about 33,000 square feet when I was preparing for them to take over the whole former Kroger (though it's my hope that it will wind up being a catalyst of some sort for someone else to move in)...

    The remaining 19,892 space on the side closes to where Jewlery Warehouse moved out in 2010 is still up for lease and now the challenge for Gator Investments is to try to find someone that will backfill that (perhaps Maxway).


    5 Jul 14 at 3:15 pm

  52. I'm surprised to see a Roses open up here. It's always been my impression since I can remember that they have been in decline. I've never seen a "new" Roses store. There are a few Roses in Western North Carolina, one in North Myrtle Beach, and several in other parts of rural Horry County.


    6 Jul 14 at 8:05 am

  53. You never really see a Roses in a nice part of town. Not even a new one, apparently.


    6 Jul 14 at 8:40 am

  54. Very true @Jason! I have never even seen a nice one for that matter. Most are trashed on the inside. I kind of reminds me of a Big Lots.


    6 Jul 14 at 9:51 am

  55. I think Roses is actually in the midst a renaissance. This one is a lot smaller than I thought it'd be but they also recently opened up at Sumter Mall in the former Sears there. They are a division of Variety Wholesalers, Inc. and the store locator feature on their site could stand a major overhaul though.

    I haven't been in a Roses so I can't speak to what they sell...


    6 Jul 14 at 5:02 pm

  56. A Roses renaissance? I like it! :-)

    I haven't been in a Roses in years, but if memory serves it was kinda like a cross between Kmart, Dollar General and Big Lots. I don't mind either of those three in small doses, so I'm sure I'll check it out when it opens.


    6 Jul 14 at 5:59 pm

  57. My only recollection of Roses is when they were located on Main St. before the original retail exodus. They were a typical five and dime store like Kress, McCrory's, Wollworth's and the like. It sound to me like they have 'evolved' (and I use that term loosely) into you typical dollar store. As I mentioned before today's dollar store is just a logical progression from the five and dime's of yesteryear.....


    6 Jul 14 at 7:54 pm

  58. Folks, It has just come to my attention that this space will be divided between Rose's and Save a lot...


    5 Aug 14 at 4:57 pm

  59. I noted this evening that the Rose's renovations are underway...the entrance has been replaced and the walls are being painted so as to not have that former Kroger decor...the frozen food lockers have been removed and those walls are being redone...Save-A-Lot's construction is also underway in the section Roses isn't taking over (surprised Roses isn't taking the whole thing) but it doesn't seem to be as far along...

    I made it to the Rose's in Camden about 3 weeks ago and saw them as similar to Big Lots but with some clothing and not as much furniture...I now find myself wondering how this new one compares to that one (Rose's also has locations in Sumter Mall, Hartsville and Orangeburg) appears to me as if this one is comporable in size (35-40K square feet) as the one in Camden but other locations are in the 50-55K square foot range (Sumter Mall, Orangeburg and Ashland Junction (Ashland, VA))...


    28 Sep 14 at 10:31 pm

  60. Roses signage is now in the process of being installed on the building...and plus I noticed Roses carts and a cart return being in place leading me to think that the plan is to try to have it open in time for the Christmas holiday shopping season...


    21 Oct 14 at 2:28 pm

  61. I just found this article indicating that the Roses will be open by November 1 per the president of Variety Wholesalers, Inc.


    24 Oct 14 at 12:26 am

  62. Folks, After a 2 decade absence from the Columbia market, Roses#549 at 817 St. Andrews Road is now open!!!


    31 Oct 14 at 4:44 pm

  63. McDonald's Killian Road (Killian Crossings) is now opened for business.

    ken holler

    1 Nov 14 at 4:44 am

  64. Looks like construction on the new Chick fil A across from the Killian Crossing McD's has started as well.


    1 Nov 14 at 9:12 pm

  65. That’s interesting that there is a Chick-fil a inside a Kroger any was other ones that had a Chick-fil a was one in McDonough ga Marietta ga that one is the only chick ful a inside Kroger that is still open Atlanta ga in fountain oaks shopping center one of them was in Augusta ga they were some others most of them have closed but Kroger still open sometimes full store closes did any other in sc have them inside


    11 Jul 18 at 2:34 pm

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