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Blockbuster, 7249 Saint Andrews Road: Real Soon Now   18 comments

Posted at 12:44 am in closing

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Well, as we've discussed recently, Blockbuster, at least as a physical store, is on the way out. The parent company, Dish Network is shuttering the chain, basically, due to the rise of Internet video. The last Blockbuster movie rental, 'This Is The End', was on Saturday in Hawaii.

I'm not sure how long the clearance at the remaining stores will go on. It's possible this Irmo store is already closed, as these pictures were taken a week ago now, and I haven't been back by. This location joins a long list of Columbia area Blockbusters which have featured here. And Rosewood will be up as soon as I get the chance to get some pictures there.

UPDATE 26 January 2014 -- Well, that's it, as seen in this pix from 12 Jan:

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UPDATE 12 February 2016 - As mentioned in the comments, this whole store has now been subdivided and re-purposed:

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Written by ted on November 19th, 2013

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  1. From what I read this particular Blockbuster (which stood out as I came to associate with Homer feeling like it was only a matter of time before it closed soon) and the West Columbia location in Dreher Plaza (US#1 and Dreher Street) (which tonkatoy has had feelings comparable to Homer on) are both scheduled for December 15 closing dates...

    The Rosewood location's last day has not yet been scheduled...

    Andrew

    19 Nov 13 at 1:17 am

  2. It looked like they were still open this afternoon. I need to go by there tomorrow, if I get a chance. The way the crowds were there after they announced the closings I know that if the have any videos left it's the crap no one will want! I heard that they are selling anything that isn't bolted to the floor....

    Homer

    19 Nov 13 at 1:18 am

  3. Whatever DVD's they have left are now $4.99 and less. Last time I ventured in there (about a week ago) there were slim pickings to say the least. Nothing but older releases and stuff no one will ever buy.They even had a couple of VHS tapes!!

    Homer

    2 Dec 13 at 1:07 am

  4. UPDATE - Everything that's left is $3.99 and less according to the signs in the windows. If I get a chance I may go by this weekend just to see what's left. Only 10 days until they are supposed to close the doors.

    Homer

    5 Dec 13 at 11:27 pm

  5. Well, it looks like they have closed on schedule. When I drove by there this evening it looked like people were in there packing up what didn't sell.

    Homer

    16 Dec 13 at 11:33 pm

  6. My bad - the new closing date is Dec. 20th. Drove through the parking lost this evening and they are down two just a few shelves of merchandise, probably nothing anyone wants...

    Homer

    17 Dec 13 at 9:37 pm

  7. Say Good-night, Gracie and turn the lights out when you close the door.

    This location is history.......

    Homer

    26 Dec 13 at 11:08 am

  8. I can confirm for you all that the Blockbuster signage has been removed from this building.

    Andrew

    22 Jan 14 at 12:41 pm

  9. Looks kind of strange. It's just a grey box with windows.....

    Homer

    22 Jan 14 at 12:58 pm

  10. I like Homer's imagery there (and I suspect the Rosewood location will have a similar appearance soon if it doesn't already)...

    Andrew

    22 Jan 14 at 3:02 pm

  11. The Blockbuster in West Columbia (US#1 and Dreher Road) that closed around the same time as this one (but hasn't featured here) is about to have a new Firehouse Subs move in...

    Andrew

    11 Nov 14 at 12:42 am

  12. Anyone know what might be coming to this location or what might be good here?
    I see the new Firehouse Subs in W Cola is going gangbusters and hear another food user is coming in next to them.

    D M

    20 Dec 14 at 9:02 am

  13. It looks like Little Caesars is going to move into part of the building. There is a drive-thru that has been installed on the back of the building and the signage has been added to the post at the curb.

    A couple of months ago it appeared that a company called Embroider Me was going to move there from their current location (I think Like Murray Blvd). But, recently the sign in the window has disappeared. They are carving the building up to make multiple storefronts.

    I guess we'll just have to wait and see.....

    Homer

    3 Dec 15 at 2:06 am

  14. Embroider-Me has their signage up in the building and Little Caesar's has all of their equipment installed. Looks like there will be one vacant store in between the two.

    Homer

    24 Dec 15 at 12:16 am

  15. Little Caesar's is open for business.

    Homer

    24 Dec 15 at 1:30 pm

  16. I noticed a couple of days ago that a finance company is moving in the vacant space between Embroider-Me and Little Caesar's. Can't remember the name, it was raining too hard to take a good look.

    Homer

    2 Jan 16 at 12:56 am

  17. The turnaround on this one looks nice. I'm guessing most locals are preferring this look over the abandoned grey box.

    DM

    11 Feb 16 at 7:06 pm

  18. @DM - they did a great job remodeling and re-purposing this building. I think it looks much better. Now I just need to go by there and grab a pizza one night.

    Homer

    12 Feb 16 at 12:58 am

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