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Circuit City / Bellsouth Mobility / Alltel Wireless, 832 Dutch Square Boulevard: 11 July 2009   7 comments

Posted at 1:02 am in stores

They can't hear you now..

This storefront, on Dutch Square Boulevard across from the mall, started out life as a Circuit City, or at least that was the first I noticed it. It may have been marqueed as Dixie Hi-Fi in the 1970s, before the chain adopted the Circuit City name, but I can't say for sure. This store is more or less equivalent to the first Circuit City location on Two Notch, now a bedroom store, and like that store eventually moved twice, first to Bush River Road and then to Harbison Boulevard.

I lost track of the building after Circuit City departed, but I'm pretty sure there were tenants after it and before Alltel Wireless. I'm not sure when Alltel moved in, but when Verizon bought Alltel in a deal sealed 9 Januray 2009, the writing was on the wall for this store, and as you can see from the window placard, all Alltel customers are being directed to Verizon on Columbiana Drive.

We'll see how it all settles out. In the meantime, I'm keeping my rotary dial phones and landline..

UPDATE 6 November 2009: Added "Bellsouth Mobility" to the post title based on the comments.

Written by ted on November 4th, 2009

7 Responses to 'Circuit City / Bellsouth Mobility / Alltel Wireless, 832 Dutch Square Boulevard: 11 July 2009'

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  1. I got my first cell phone in 1993, and I'm pretty sure this is where I got it. I can't remember who my carrier was, but I think it went from CC to a phone store, then kept merging until it became Alltel.

    Jonathan

    4 Nov 09 at 8:56 am

  2. I dont know which was the smaller of the 2 Circuit City's..either this one or the one on Two Notch near Columbia Mall?.. They both had a lot of stuff in there and tons of hte old and bigReel to Reel tape recorders. They were originally Dixie Hi-Fi located on Broad River back in the mid 70's, but moved to across from DS Mall around 1976 or 1977 I think. But it was the biggest pain in the rear to park there at this building and the one on Two Notch was just as bad.. I dont miss the parking at all.

    Del

    5 Nov 09 at 2:33 am

  3. I bought my very first computer at this Circuit City....an eMachines 366i, complete with 32 MB of RAM, a stout 2.97 gig harddrive., and a 3 year contract with CompuServ dialup.

    Took a bolt of lightning to kill that damn computer, about 8 years later. By then i had upgraded it to 2 harddrives totalling 160 gigs and maybe 256 MB memory. lol. Everyone always made fun of my Lil Computer That Could, but i swear that of that lightning hadnt fried it, it would still be running today.

    IrmoJeff

    5 Nov 09 at 12:02 pm

  4. It was BellSouth Mobility before BellSouth sold their wireless operations on the Cell Phone band to AllTel (BS moved to the GSM Now T Mobile band). I remember having my car phone (yes!) put into my Saturn (yes!) there in 1991.

    Steve

    6 Nov 09 at 11:41 am

  5. That used to be the restaurant Platos back in the 80's. Had the BEST fried mushrooms!

    Peter

    5 Aug 11 at 10:30 am

  6. Plato's was down the street here.

    ted

    5 Aug 11 at 11:11 am

  7. A handicapped/disability place is about to set up shop in this building (meanwhile NAI Avant is marketing portions of Dutch Square for conversions into office space)

    Andrew

    12 Dec 12 at 11:37 pm

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