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Blockbuster, 2419 Broad River Road: 24 March 2013   16 comments

Posted at 1:18 am in Uncategorized

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I've done so many closings on Blockbusters that it's hard to believe there are still some around. It's kind of like finding one of those prehistoric fish that get dredged up every now and then. This one is on Broad River Road near the old G-E-X, and is already having their final clearance sale. It's amazing how far and how quickly a company which once had naming rights to everything and thought they were the future of entertainment has fallen..

(Hat tip to commenter William)

UPDATE 8 April 2013 -- As reported by commenter Andrew below, this place closed on 24 March, and the signs are down:

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UPDATE 9 April 2014 -- Now a Buddy's Home Furnishings:

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Written by ted on February 20th, 2013

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16 Responses to 'Blockbuster, 2419 Broad River Road: 24 March 2013'

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  1. I've still got my eyes on the Irmo location. They don't have any signs up but I noticed more cars in the parking lot last Saturday than I have seen in a LONG time.

    Homer

    20 Feb 13 at 3:02 am

  2. It is my understanding that the location in Lexington will be closing.

    ED

    20 Feb 13 at 10:03 am

  3. What I can't understand is how in the heck Family Video on Hardscrabble Rd can actually build a building and run a video store when they see Blockbuster, Hollywood Video, Moovies, Pic-A-Flick (had to throw that one in there since I was the manager for a few years back in the 90's) all going or GONE out of business. And it seems like they do good business, the parking lot is usually pretty packed.

    Sidney

    20 Feb 13 at 11:59 am

  4. The Lexington store is closing. It is sad to me because I can remember when there were so many video stores. With Netflix and so many others, movies are fading away. All things must run their course I guess. Music stores are fading as well.

    Roy

    20 Feb 13 at 2:40 pm

  5. I am not surprised about hte Lexington store's closure...

    Next to the Lexington store is a former Taco Bell with signgae indicating that property has sold.

    Andrew

    20 Feb 13 at 2:51 pm

  6. The end of an era...this location on Broad River used to be my go to store when we lived off of Jamil Rd...rented many, many movies there over the years.

    Justin

    20 Feb 13 at 8:06 pm

  7. Sidney, do they have a back room with a curtain?

    I suspect the only way a video rental business will stay open in the future is to maintain a facade of 'regular movies' up front with a sizeable...ahem..back room movie collection.

    Pr0n will always rent.

    tonkatoy

    21 Feb 13 at 7:47 am

  8. Don't know. Never been in there. Drive by it all the time.

    Sidney

    21 Feb 13 at 3:30 pm

  9. I checked the Alphabetical Closings list and it reveals that this is the 6th Blockbuster Video closing featured here..

    There is one in Lexington that will be closed soon as well.

    This indicates that we had (at our peak) 11 Blockbuster locations in the MSA and now we're down to only 3, including one I remember at 817 St. Andrews Road that is now a CycleGear that closed back in the late 90s before the others did.

    Andrew

    22 Feb 13 at 12:52 am

  10. I'm surprised the one on Augusta Road in West Cola is still open.

    tonkatoy

    22 Feb 13 at 7:38 am

  11. folks, I just came across an announcement that just up the road from this, at 2730 Broad River Road, is a Cokesbury that will be closing on April 20, 2013...

    Andrew

    25 Feb 13 at 2:38 pm

  12. I saw that too and, actually, they are closing all of their retail locations throughout the country.

    Justin

    25 Feb 13 at 3:11 pm

  13. I still miss going into a video store and being able to pick something up. I may be old school in that regard that as much as I love the internet, I still like to hold whatever it is I am about to buy.

    Or rent, in this case.

    But now that we have kids eatingup all our money, renting movies is gone fro us. Seeing movies in a theater is a one time a year thing. And why do either when just wait a little while and you can buy the movie at Wal Mart for anywhere from $5 to $10 dollars.

    The fact that I have seen none of the movies from the Oscars last night (though we did watch an Academy Award winner last night-- "Silence of the Lambs" from 1991) probably means I am part of the problem,

    Joe Hinson

    25 Feb 13 at 3:48 pm

  14. The signs that this location will close in 10 days went up yesterday

    Thomas

    14 Mar 13 at 6:52 am

  15. The signage was being removed form the building as of the day I type this...

    Palm Sunday, March 24, was the final day of operation for both this location as well as the Lexington location...

    Andrew

    25 Mar 13 at 4:34 pm

  16. well folks, this building didn't have to stay vacant for very long as Buddy's Home Furnishings is now open here...

    Andrew

    4 Nov 13 at 11:11 pm

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