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Davis' Grocery,Bluff Road: 1980s(?)   16 comments

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I don't have an address for this old country store, but it is on Bluff Road, I believe somewhere near the National Park. The (Coke provided) sign has obviously been painted over a couple of times. This sort of faux roof-line seems to have been common for stores at one time.

Written by ted on June 9th, 2014

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  1. I see they had an "A" rating from DEHEC.


    9 Jun 14 at 11:24 am

  2. Uhhh. DHEC


    9 Jun 14 at 11:24 am

  3. And bars across the windows, they would not want anyone to break in. God forbid someone would steal a candy bar.

    Damn, I did it again. God please forgive me for being such an
    a--hole. I don't mean to, maybe you made me this way for a reason.

    Yes, That's it, maybe I'm suppose to be this way.


    9 Jun 14 at 6:24 pm

  4. @Rick - they were ahead of their time with the bars. Now everyone has them, even on their homes!!!!


    9 Jun 14 at 11:35 pm

  5. I do like these old stores. They take me back to what Irmo was like when I was a kid. I'm going to rehash an old story that I know I have posted somewhere on here before, but here goes anyway....

    We had a similar store right next to our house and if my Grandmother wasn't home for some reason I would go there after school until my folks got home. Well, the guy that ran it like to partake of the hooch and would fall asleep behind the counter leaving me to read all of the comic books I wanted and to peruse the adult magazines that were right next to the comic books, Better Homes & Gardens and Popular Mechanics (gotta love the old days). This was the first time I ever say a person of the female gender in all of their glory. Since I was no older that 10, think of how many laws he would have been breaking today!!!!!


    9 Jun 14 at 11:47 pm

  6. @Homer - We had an old store like that on Leesburg Road when I was around 10 years old. It was called Rivkins, and naturally the guy that owned it was old man Rivkin.
    There was another little country store almost across the street from Rivkins called Causeys.
    Rivkins had everything, Causeys Supermarket. had everything plus a butcher shop. I still remember the way Rivkins smelled, old. If you are familiar with Leesburg Road Rivkins was in the building that was most recently the Diamondhead Lounge.

    Back in those days there were not any convenience stores around like we see now. Causeys was owned by Ed and Elbert Causey, Elbert ran the butcher part of the store.
    My sister eventually married Ed's son, now she is a Causey.
    Those were great little stores to visit back in the day.


    10 Jun 14 at 12:03 pm

  7. You would think the DHEC 'A' stickers would have a year on them. It would certainly help me sometimes -- but they don't.

    Speaking of Leesburg Road and old stores, there's this and this.


    10 Jun 14 at 6:30 pm

  8. @Rick - we also had two other old time stores in Irmo as well. One was Derrick's. It sat on the corner of Woodrow and Lake Murray Blvd. where TD Bank is now. In reality, half of it would be sitting in the middle of the street now. It was a grocery store/butcher shop/gas station. One of the sons even sold insurance out of an office in the back. The building was relocated to Old Bush River Rd. when they widened Lake Murray to five lanes and was still the home to an insurance company and Irmo Trophy (they may still be there).

    The other was Leitner's general store. This building was erected in the 1800's and at one time sold not only gas and groceries, but feed and seed, bridles, tacks, saddles, plows and even wagons to the farmers in the area. I don't know who owned before Mr. Leitner (who recently died well into his 100's). Some a$$hole bought it after Mr. Leitner retired and tried to open an antique store in it. Well, in the late 70's it 'mysteriously' burned to the ground late one night. I don't know if anyone ever proved it but a lot of people think the a$$hole burned it for the insurance money. I was saddened by the fact that a lot of the store displays has been in the building for close to 100 years. I was told the the loft of the building was still full of merchandise from the early 1900's.


    11 Jun 14 at 12:29 am

  9. BTW - Leitner's was on the site of the old Irmo Blockbuster.


    11 Jun 14 at 12:29 am

  10. @ Homer. There was an old antiques store at the fork of 76/176 which is now across from the Chick Fil A. It has not been open for quite some time. I did see that they finally razed Derrick's "farm," which was across from the Wal Mart between 76 & Salem Church Road. I wonder what that is going to be? While I grew up in the St. Andrews area, we never ventured up that far, unless it was to the District Office. There was a soccer field behind that. I remember the Irmo PO close to Irmo Elementary, and the fire station, which was next to Ole Timey, where the cobbler is now.


    12 Jun 14 at 8:45 am

  11. @jonathan - the old antique store has been closed for quite a while and think the building will soon look like the ones that Ted has posted on here. Which PO do you remember? The one that was in the old Winn Dixie shopping center or the original cinder block building at Fork Ave.?


    12 Jun 14 at 10:39 pm

  12. I remember the 'farm' that used to be on US 76 across from the district office that jonathan references. The owners had a "Christmas City" display that I saw a couple of times.

    I envision Salem Church Road being rerouted through so that it can intersect US 76 at a safer angle. Especially if it can align with the signal at the Ballentine Walmart. Be that as it may, it's tough for me to know how likely such a plan is to come to fruition.


    12 Jun 14 at 10:54 pm

  13. Yeah, after the man that ran the nursery died, they closed the whole thing. The Christmas city was one of my annual stops during the holiday season. To my knowledge, all of the property is still held by the Derrick family; there just was no one left that was able to run the business.


    12 Jun 14 at 11:58 pm

  14. @Homer. It was the PO that was the cinder block building on Fork Avenue. I did not know what street that was. I remember it being in Winn Dixie, and something about a fire. I have not been in Firehouse Subs in years, but I remember they had some pictures of it and "Old Irmo" in general. I remember the fire station, library, LCSD moved to a complex that is where Ashley Furniture now sits.

    I worked at All Seasons Garden Center for a bit in 1985 that was run by a Derrick. I would think that was the same Derrick that had the "farm," but could be a brother or something. I know there are a lot of Derricks, just like there were a great deal of Corleys, Eleazers, Daileys, etc. I think All Seasons was where the pet superstore is currently located on 60.


    13 Jun 14 at 8:15 am

  15. @jonathan - the PO in the Winn Dixie shopping center did indeed burn over a 4th of July weekend (can't remember the year). The only thing left of the old fire station complex is the remains of the gravel 'emergency' roadbed that was constructed so the fire engines could access another railroad crossing in case Harbison was blocked by a train. Now the IFD has two stations and a real library branch. My how we've grown..hahaha

    What part of town do you live in now??


    15 Jun 14 at 1:12 am

  16. @jonathan - as far as the family names go, I am WELL aware of that. Both my mother and grandmother were Derricks and I am related by blood and/or marriage to the Corleys, Daileys, Bauknights, Shealys, Bickleys, Loricks, Meetzes, etc.....


    15 Jun 14 at 1:28 am

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