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Hardee's, SE Corner of Blossom & Assembly Streets: early 2000s   13 comments

Posted at 10:37 pm in historic,restaurants

There was nothing particularly noteworthy about the Hardee's which once sat at the corner of Blossom & Assembly Streets, but it's a memory of a somewhat less grandiose scheme of things in that area.

I do remember two things in particular about it:

1) It was the first place I've ever seen ruin a toll-house cookie. I stopped there once feeling a bit snackish and could not finish the thing. It was like they cooked it on the same griddle with the burgers or something. At the time at least, Hardee's could do sweet, something they proved with their cinnamon-raisin biscuit, but not, apparently, after 10:30 am..

2) While the restaurant was on the way down, and maybe after it closed, the side of the parking lot facing Assembly street was filled with used cars for sale.

It's not clear to me what they are building, or going to build, there, but it couldn't have worse cookies...

Written by ted on October 28th, 2009

13 Responses to 'Hardee's, SE Corner of Blossom & Assembly Streets: early 2000s'

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  1. Could you be remembering the Gibbes VW used car lot that used to be on that corner? The Hardees was built after Gibbes moved out to Broad River Road in the early '90s.

    Mike

    29 Oct 09 at 12:59 am

  2. Gibbes was on the other side of Assembly wasn't it?

    At any rate, the Hardee's lot did have used cars, with the Hardee's building there. I don't think it was "official" -- you could look at all the cars, and nobody would come bother you.

    ted

    29 Oct 09 at 1:06 am

  3. Yes, the new car lot and service department was across Blossom St. from the Coliseum. The used car lot was across Assembly from the main complex.

    Mike

    29 Oct 09 at 5:44 am

  4. I've always thought it is very strange that a McDonald's, a Burger King, and two Hardee's that were all virtually on the campus of a big university could not make enough money to stay open. I would suspect deeper real estate issues except that when these places close nothing significant relaces tham.

    Dennis

    29 Oct 09 at 7:43 am

  5. The used cars for sale were private sellers that parked their wares on a busy corner. Similar things happened at the Kmart on Chas. HWY and the abandoned Kroger (now a furniture store) across from the old Wally World on US 1. The cops/owners stopped that practice in those locations. i suspect the same scenario played out at Hardee's.

    Dennis, I find that strange, too. lease rates must have been an issue.

    jamie

    29 Oct 09 at 7:48 am

  6. I never realized there were cars for sale. I thought it was just students parking their cars there. I think at some point a few years back somebody was using it as a political headquarters.

    Mr Bill

    29 Oct 09 at 8:52 am

  7. I think it was Gibb's Used Car Lot.. or it may have said "OK Used Cars" but I dont remember. But it was there long before Hardee's came into the picture. There also used to be a very LONG time ago in the mid 60's and earlier a Sinclair Gas Station on the other corner across from the used car lot. That's where I got my inflatable "Dino" Dinasaur toy that they were selling or giving away with a full tank of gas or something.. I think that was back in 1964 or there of..

    Del

    29 Oct 09 at 11:30 am

  8. The McDonald's closed because it didn't have a drive-thru. The Burger King closed because the franchise owner got out of the business and closed all of his BK's. The Hardee's on Main St. probably closed because it too didn't have a drive-thru. The second location was a bad choice because of the traffic patterns--it was only convenient if you were going north on Assembly or east on Blossom.

    In contract, the Wendy's further up the street is still thriving.

    Mike

    29 Oct 09 at 1:06 pm

  9. Mike, I did not know that Hardee's on Main did not have a drive through. So Sandy's added one? I agree w/ you on the Assembly Street one. Very difficult to manuever. Also, Hardee's was in the tank for awhile. Remember when their business plan was that they dumped all food except Thick Burgers? (Roast Beef, hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, etc). That did not last too long. They have since joined the Taco Bell mentality. Cheap drunk food.

    Jonathan

    29 Oct 09 at 1:48 pm

  10. Yes, they added a bump-out to the side of the building.

    Mike

    29 Oct 09 at 3:46 pm

  11. The Hardee's in Kingstree still serves fried chicken. I guess it's because there's no KFC or other fried chicken chain in town.

    Dave

    29 Oct 09 at 5:05 pm

  12. One of the last times I went to this Hardee's, I got a burger without a beef patty; I just thought it was off-center until the third bite. After this one closed, I started going to the Five Points Hardee's (which is or will be closed soon for another Chick-fil-a), until I got a burger there with no patty. Probably healthier, but not as tasty. But how do you do that?

    ray l

    24 Feb 10 at 11:01 pm

  13. This land is currently deemed chimerical property by USC for use in the Discovery/Horizon Inna Vista deal. The land beside the current Public Health building(old Carolina Inn) is also being set aside for that use.

    carolinacoliseumfan

    26 Jan 12 at 4:26 pm

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