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TCBY, 800 Lake Murray Boulevard Suite H: 31 December 2012   8 comments

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I'm pretty sure that when I first became aware of TCBY, their advertising slogan was This Can't Be Yogurt!. That's because at the time(I'm thinking maybe mid 1970s), yogurt, to the extent that anybody knew what it was at all, was thought of as a sour-ish dairy ingredient, something along the lines of sour cream or cheese. Certainly not something you would eat by itself, or for desert.

That certainly changed over the years, and gradually it seemed that the TCBY slogan became The Country's Best Yogurt!. Personally, while I like non-frozen yogurt, I never really was a huge fro-yo fan, and in particular if I walk into a shop and every spigot is "low" or "no" fat, I walk out again. Give me some high fat ice cream or soft-serv instead..

At any rate, this TCBY location hung on in the shopping center at the corner of Lake Murray Boulevard and Columbiana Drive for a good few years after the anchor Piggly Wiggly closed. I'm not sure of the exact date, but given that it was reported early in January 2013, the end of 2012 makes sense.

(Hat tip to commenter Soxinsc)

Written by ted on February 1st, 2013

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  1. I have to admit I'm not surprised. This was only a matter of time. I went in there roughly a year ago and found the place a bit run down and the service was mediocre. I never could figure out how they had enough business to stay open even this long. It seems as though the casual ice cream (yogurt) business is declining, with the closing of Bruster's on Columbiana Circle. I guess folks go to Cold Stone or Marble Slab for their casual cold treat.


    1 Feb 13 at 6:07 am

  2. I am not surprised that TCBY went down in flames. I went there a few years ago and they only had 4 flavors and the prices were high. They cannot compete with the new yogurt places that have popped up around town. The new places or self serve and have tons of toppings and flavors. TCBY needs to take a hard look at the way it sets up its stores.


    1 Feb 13 at 10:38 am

  3. I did not know Bruster's closed. I really liked the ice cream there. I just think they should have had a place to go inside when it was to cold or raining.


    1 Feb 13 at 10:40 am

  4. I've noticed a tendency with Bruster's to close during the winter months and then reopen once the weather starts to warm up.


    1 Feb 13 at 11:05 am

  5. Everywhere else I've seen a Rita's, they close during the winter. Seems weird to me to have a store open that sells something with "Ice" right there in the name during the coldest part of the year.

    Bruster's on Sparkleberry is still open, though I can't imagine it's a very popular place until April or so.


    1 Feb 13 at 1:19 pm

  6. I hadn't even thought of the influx of FroYo places (like the place in the Columbiana Centre food court) as a contributing factor in the decline of TCBY. But that makes perfect sense.


    2 Feb 13 at 12:59 pm

  7. When did this tcby open?


    11 Jul 18 at 8:42 pm

  8. Last time I rode down this stretch of Lake Murray Boulevard it became apparent to me that Wild Birds Unlimited has moved into this space...


    11 Aug 22 at 8:31 am

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