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Clear View Car Wash, 145 Harbison Boulevard: March 2014   9 comments

Posted at 1:02 am in closing

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This old school car wash on Harbison actually does have a clear view as it is half way up the hill that descends to Bower Parkway.

I'll admit that I never really noticed it until commenter Homer (and others) mentioned that it was gone. It seems a bit out of place on the current Harbison, where you would expect land to now be too expensive for such uses. Given the owner's retirement message on the sign, I suspect it had been there quite a while.

Personally, I've never seen the attraction of car wash scents. Whenever I forget to say no scent, I end up with watering eyes until I can clear it out again...

(Hat tip to commenter Homer)

UPDATE 14 September 2015 -- As noted by commenter Homer, this place has now been mostly razed:

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UPDATE 14 March 2016 -- As noted in the comments, now open as Del Taco:
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Written by ted on April 28th, 2014

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9 Responses to 'Clear View Car Wash, 145 Harbison Boulevard: March 2014'

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  1. Never been there, seems like it must have been a nice car wash though. Remove CB and car phone antennas, Hmmm.. don't think I've seen a Car Phone antenna in a while.

    And car scents, just what I want, to smell like a Pina Colada when a cop stops me... I can hear him now, "Have you been drinking?" "Step out of the car please"

    They might as well make a Tequila scent... "No officer, I just left the car wash" BURP.

    Rick

    28 Apr 14 at 3:56 pm

  2. This car wash was built in the late 90s as the stretch of Columbiana Station across the street was coming into existence.

    I went once or twice to this one with my mom in its early years but we fell out o going to car washes in general. Now when I feel a need to get my car washed, I typically go to a Circle K.

    I've never heard of car wash scents but I think they'd be problematic for people with sensitivies to fragrances.

    Andrew

    28 Apr 14 at 4:32 pm

  3. And car scents, just what I want, to smell like a Pina Colada when a cop stops me... I can hear him now, "Have you been drinking?" "Step out of the car please"

    You could plan your Escape..

    ted

    28 Apr 14 at 5:47 pm

  4. I never went to this car wash - I won't take my truck through a drive through car wash of any kind, I'm too particular- but $60 is a real bargain for a hand wash and compound. LOL @ the piña colada scent, I used to have the Margarita scented one from Bath & Body Works in my truck.

    TahoeChic

    28 Apr 14 at 8:24 pm

  5. I used this car wash religiously until I bought my last vehicle that they claimed was too low to the ground to go through. Even though it will go through every other car wash in Columbia. They did 'graciously' tell me that they would be happy to do a hand wash and wax.....lol. I always thought that they did a better detailing job than Frank's and at the time they were also cheaper.

    Homer

    28 Apr 14 at 10:19 pm

  6. And as far as the scents go, they all smell like crap to me. I just spray down the carpets with Febreze or stuff a couple of dryer sheets under each front seat. Works for me.....

    Homer

    28 Apr 14 at 11:40 pm

  7. I couldn't be happier to see this one close. The owner was a total jerk who had zero customer service skills and they were terrible at their job. Good riddance!

    TM

    29 Apr 14 at 10:03 pm

  8. Date: Wed, 19 Aug 2015 06:56:57 +0000
    Author: Homer

    Comment:
    There seems to be something going on here. I noticed a couple of trucks and a commercial dumpster there this afternoon.

    Date: Sun, 6 Sep 2015 03:34:20 +0000
    Author: Homer

    Comment:
    Drove by there this afternoon and the building is in the process of being demolished.

    Date: Wed, 9 Sep 2015 05:54:10 +0000
    Author: Homer

    Comment:
    Went by today and the car wash is rubble. All that's left is the huge canopy type thing that covered the whole building.

    Date: Sun, 27 Sep 2015 13:57:32 +0000
    Author: Tom

    Comment:
    It is now all gone. No word as to what will go there.

    Date: Sun, 27 Sep 2015 17:02:50 +0000
    Author: Andrew

    Comment:
    I had read that an eating place was planning to build...a simple web search for 145 Harbison Blvd. yields this The State article indicating that Del Taco is to be the eating place...it is likely the only one in the whole state of South Carolina...

    Date: Mon, 28 Sep 2015 06:54:01 +0000
    Author: Homer

    Comment:
    If Del Taco opens up here, more power to them. Getting out of this parcel was always problematic to say the least. And God forbid when a train is crossing Harbison!!

    Date: Mon, 28 Sep 2015 18:38:20 +0000
    Author: palmettoconnection

    Comment:
    Del Taco out of Atlanta was in Columbia briefly in the late '80s at Columbia Mall. I took the very first customer's order on opening day. That was the first and last job I had at the mall. Ahhh....the good 'ol days.

    Date: Mon, 28 Sep 2015 21:43:32 +0000
    Author: Rick

    Comment:
    I am not familiar with Del Taco. I was looking at franchises last night and saw a "Taco Johns" franchise offer that I also have never heard of.
    How would one describe Del Taco's food? Similar to Taco Bell?

    Date: Tue, 29 Sep 2015 00:15:11 +0000
    Author: Homer

    Comment:
    The only thing I remember are jokes that Johnny Carson used to make on the Tonight Show. Maybe it's the In N Out of tack chains??

    Date: Tue, 29 Sep 2015 00:15:34 +0000
    Author: Homer

    Comment:
    taco chains, even....

    Date: Tue, 29 Sep 2015 10:03:56 +0000
    Author: IrmoJeff

    Comment:
    There was a Del Taco at the intersection of Broad River and St Andrews roads in the mid 80s until ???

    Then it became Steves #1 Sub Contractors.

    http://columbiaclosings.com/wordpress/?p=344

    ted

    19 Aug 15 at 6:56 am

  9. Ok folks, Del Taco is now open here

    Andrew

    5 Mar 16 at 12:26 pm

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