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Written by ted on January 13th, 2017

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  1. Happy New Year to all!!!

    Homer

    1 Jan 17 at 12:38 am

  2. The latest round of Sears / Kmart closings has 4 locations in SC listed.

    Sears in Florence will close mid-February
    Kmarts in Anderson, Greenville, and North Charleston will close at the end of March.

    http://wgntv.com/2017/01/04/full-list-of-150-kmart-and-sears-stores-to-close-by-spring/

    James R

    5 Jan 17 at 12:50 am

  3. The Country Hearth Inn, the little hotel on the west side of South Assembly, just before you get to the fairgrounds appears to be closed. Looking at the online reviews of the place, they are. . . somewhat short of 'glowing.' :O

    badger

    5 Jan 17 at 9:38 am

  4. Main street grill, in Lexington, closed. That place has been there forever. Seemed empty recently, any time i drove by

    Brian

    5 Jan 17 at 5:39 pm

  5. I am late to the party about The Lost Cajun. What a shame. That was top-notch food, and the Mister and I travelled a good 40 minutes to go there because it was that good.

    Rae

    9 Jan 17 at 4:30 pm

  6. The Napa Auto Parts at the corner of Industrial Drive and Highway 6 is closed. Building is empty and all signage is down. It must have happened fast, I drove by a few days ago and i don't remember it looking closed.

    IrmoJeff

    13 Jan 17 at 10:32 am

  7. @IrmoJeff - Back in the 70's if one needed auto parts, NAPA was pretty much the only place to go. Sure, there were independent parts stores but if you wanted to get a good quality part, NAPA was it. NAPA is actually "Genuine Parts".
    If you needed parts and NAPA didn't have it in most cases the dealership was the only place to go.
    Parts at dealerships in the 70's was pretty cool. I had a 1970 Mach1 in 1975 and wanted a front spoiler. You know the kind that went under the front bumper. So I went to Pulliam Ford on Two Notch Road, SOB, they had it in stock and it only cost $45.00. They had all kinds of cool stuff if you just checked.
    Other wise one could go to a speed shop and get some parts, speed shops sold all types of parts back then but not really stack stuff. There was a speed shop in Columbia called PO-Boy speed shop and it was owned by a guy named McQueen Smith. I went to high school with his two sons. He was cool and had all the cools stuff.

    Rick

    13 Jan 17 at 6:36 pm

  8. OK, with all the NAPA talk, I have to add my $0.02. My dad worked at the Napa when it was on Two Notch before Fontaine Rd. Then they built the new one on O'Neil and he went with them. I think my dad was with them for 15 years or so after he retired from the Army. He gets a retirement check from them. It's not much at all but it's free money.

    Sidney

    Sidney

    13 Jan 17 at 8:35 pm

  9. Yesterday on CNBC:

    "It's starting to look like J.C. Penney (JCP) will be the next department store chain to put its physical footprint under the shrink ray.

    Just one week after Macy's (NYSE:M) and Sears (SHLD) detailed the upcoming closures of a combined 218 stores , Cowen and Company analyst Oliver Chen said that Penney's could ultimately chop its count by some 30 percent. Such a move would leave the chain with roughly 700 locations."

    Joe Shlabotnik

    14 Jan 17 at 4:01 am

  10. This may be not be strictly a Columbia Closing, but i was just reading about Ringling Brothers is closing down their touring circus operation in May after 146 years. The shows at Colonial Life on January 26 and 27 will be the last ones here in Columbia. Forever.

    Get your tickets now :(

    IrmoJeff

    14 Jan 17 at 11:55 pm

  11. I am 46 years old and I have NEVER been to the or a circus.

    Sidney

    15 Jan 17 at 11:48 am

  12. I'm not sure I'm sad at all about Ringling Bros. closing down. Seems like the circus, or at least their version of a circus, is notion of entertainment whose time has passed. They adjusted to it far too late, only dropping the elephants last year (keeping all the other animals), long after public opinion had turned.

    Jason

    15 Jan 17 at 2:05 pm

  13. I vaguely recall going to the circus one year when I was in Elementary School and I don't think I was very impressed with it...I now wonder (but didn't at the time) if the decision to quit having the elephants was a sign that said circus was on the way out...

    When I was in college, I remember hating the fact that the circus took away some of the parking USC students relied on...

    Andrew

    15 Jan 17 at 2:31 pm

  14. That is sad, Sidney. You should take this last opportunity to experience what has been part of the fabric of the country since your grandparents with 4 Greats in front were living.

    Under the big top besides the large jungle beasts I have seen men shot from cannons, trapeze artists and tightrope walkers. Once I saw 2 guys on motorcycles in an enclosed sphere doing 360s that were surely death defying. Can't forget the 13 clowns that all climbed out of a VW or the popcorn and cotton candy vendors and the hokey Ringmaster.

    It has been over 30 years since my last circus so I don't know what they offer for entertainment today but our grandkids will never have the chance to sit wide-eyed and soak in the sights, smells and sounds of a truly live show.

    RIP another piece of our youth.

    Joe Shlabotnik

    16 Jan 17 at 6:30 am

  15. I've got Sidney beat. I'm 58 and have never been to the circus. Not sure if my work schedule will allow me to go see the final one. Heck, I went to the fair this past year for the first time in about 10. And that was for one of the lunch deals.

    Homer

    16 Jan 17 at 9:16 am

  16. Mr D's in Lexington is closed. Saw a for sale sign there just now. This is in the building formerly occupied by Gilligan's

    Brian

    16 Jan 17 at 5:34 pm

  17. While many (myself among them) have been unhappy to see the passing of Williams-Sonoma from Columbiana, this weekend I heard what may be taking their space...

    While this falls squarely in the informational category of scuttlebutt, Columbia may finally have an Apple Store of it's very own.

    Lone Wolf

    17 Jan 17 at 10:30 am

  18. I've been to the circus many times. Always enjoyed it. It truly was the best show on earth. Back in 1972 I worked at the Carolina Coliseum selling cokes on the main floor. I was only 15 years old. A person called me over to but a coke and it turned out to be Joe Pinner from WIS TV. I did not know him as Joe Pinner but I knew him as Mr. Knozit from the Mr. Knozit kids show they had back then. I was a complete goober when I walked up to him and said "HEY, you're Mr. Knozit" he laughed and said "Yes I am" what a dweeb I was.
    I'm still kind of a dweeb after all these years

    Rick

    19 Jan 17 at 5:43 pm

  19. *called me over to "BUY" a coke.

    Rick

    19 Jan 17 at 5:43 pm

  20. So is Joe Pinner.

    Kenneth

    19 Jan 17 at 9:49 pm

  21. Atlantic Furniture in the Cedar Terrace Shopping Center is closing up.

    Sidney

    24 Jan 17 at 5:48 am

  22. I understand that half of Richland Mall is shutting down. It is the western section of the mall that faces Forest Drive. Unless it is restructured as mixed use, it will be lights out for that side of the mall. Does anyone have more information about the closing?

    joelc

    24 Jan 17 at 8:43 pm

  23. I haven't heard of it. It was pretty empty last time I was in that part, but that's where the children's theater is I think.

    ted

    24 Jan 17 at 11:31 pm

  24. We talked on here before about what to do with Richland Mall. This past weekend I spent Saturday night with my grown son in Charlotte at the Epicenter. Have any of you been to the Epicenter (http://epicentrenc.com/)? It is pretty much what I was talking about what should be done at Richland Mall.
    It has 12 Live music venues. It has several restaurants, bars, a movie theater, a bowling alley. It's has a smaller footprint than Richland Mall but then again it's 3 stories. It's not spread out like Richland Mall, but I think it could still work.

    Oh man, if I had the money, this is what I would bring to Columbia.

    Sidney

    25 Jan 17 at 3:58 pm

  25. Well, when I click on the directory on the Epicentre website, it is 4 stories not 3.

    Sidney

    25 Jan 17 at 4:00 pm

  26. I recall it being mentioned that the wing joelc is referencing (Belk to the former Parisian) is part that is owned by a company out of Arizona and that people were having a hard time getting maintenance stuff done and that was running people off...read the comments on the Jackson's page.

    Andrew

    25 Jan 17 at 10:58 pm

  27. Rivera's Mexican Restaurant at 646 Sunset Blvd. appears to have closed. The building was empty with For Rent signs in the windows. I did not notice it on Monday when I drove by there on my way to downtown, so it might be a very recent closing.

    James R

    25 Jan 17 at 11:06 pm

  28. @Sidney - I just can't see Columbia supporting something of the magnitude of Epicentre. People around here are a fickle bunch. If it's not a sports bar or serves wings or both you don't really stand a chance. And don't get me started about music venues. I mean look at the bands playing at the Music Farm. If you like cover bands, then that's your place. The music scene in Columbia has not been the same since Rockafella's and the original Elbow Room closed up shop. The Art Bar and New Brookland Tavern are still, in my opinion, still the best places to see live music, even if they are dives.....

    I'm curious to see how Dave & Buster's fares when they open in Columbiana Center.

    Homer

    27 Jan 17 at 12:46 am

  29. Wet Seal has announced it is closing all 171 stores nationwide. There are two in Columbia. One at Sandhills and one at Columbiana Mall. The link for the story is: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/teen-retailer-wet-seal-suddenly-210800049.html

    James R

    27 Jan 17 at 6:24 pm

  30. That Epicentre looks like the mall in the movie Crazy, Stupid Love

    JBL

    29 Jan 17 at 12:22 am

  31. Stein Mart at 1120 Bower Pkwy is closing February 24th...

    Blaner

    29 Jan 17 at 7:58 pm

  32. I just can't not say what I think about Trumps travel ban. Many of the immigrants from the seven predominantly countries that are trying to get to the U.S. is because their country sucks. Do not protest the USA because we won't let you in. Why do you want in? Because your country sucks. Protest in your own damn country for being so fricking sorry. It is not the USA you should be protesting but the country you are trying to get out of.

    Muhamad

    30 Jan 17 at 7:46 pm

  33. test 123

    ted

    4 Feb 17 at 2:26 pm

  34. @ted - I just sent you an update for Tony's Party Shop and some pics from the Cotton House Seafood place in Irmo.

    Homer

    5 Feb 17 at 12:49 am

  35. Heads up -- Quaker Steak and Lube next to Thunder Tower Harley Davidson is closed

    Kc

    5 Feb 17 at 12:22 pm

  36. @Kc - heard about Quaker Steak last Tuesday. Was told they declared bankruptcy. They didn't tell the employees until closing time Monday night. Curious about the declaration as they always had a good lunch business. I figured the locals would flock there at night.

    Homer

    5 Feb 17 at 3:07 pm

  37. I don't know about the bankruptcy but they are building one off of Bluff Road where the new truck stop is going up right off I-77

    Sidney

    5 Feb 17 at 6:04 pm

  38. Maybe the franchise owner declared bankruptcy. Or maybe there was a real reason that no one knows about.

    Homer

    5 Feb 17 at 10:43 pm

  39. I don't know if you missed my post or just hadn't gotten to it, but Atlantic Furniture in Cedar Terrace Shopping Center is closing.

    Sidney

    7 Feb 17 at 11:43 pm

  40. I've got the pictures... it's coming.

    ted

    8 Feb 17 at 12:27 am

  41. ZZ Top at the Township February 21. Got my tickets today. This will be the fifth time I've seen them in concert. Always great.

    Rick

    9 Feb 17 at 7:52 pm

  42. Hey Rick, got any plans to go see Alice Cooper??

    Homer

    11 Feb 17 at 11:53 pm

  43. @Homer - No plans yet. I saw Alice Cooper at the Carolina Coliseum in 1972 when he was on his Billion Dollar Baby tour. Fantastic show for a 16 year old.

    Rick

    12 Feb 17 at 5:40 am

  44. * I was 16, not Alice.

    Rick

    12 Feb 17 at 5:41 am

  45. I saw Alice at the coliseum once. For some reason I don't remember what year. It was probably the Welcome To My Nightmare/Goes To Hell era.

    Homer

    12 Feb 17 at 8:24 am

  46. I saw a lot of great concerts there. It was the perfect venue for rock bands in the 70's.

    Rick

    12 Feb 17 at 8:33 am

  47. I caught Alice with White Witch at the Township. He hung himself from the gallows during that show. It must have been the Love It To Death tour.

    Joe Shlabotnik

    12 Feb 17 at 3:48 pm

  48. At first I thought "What is ZZ Top doing playing at the township?" Then realized after checking the ticket prices, $250.00 plus, that they don't need to try and fill a large auditorium anymore. The coliseum has about 17,000 seats and the township has about 3500. Why not fill the venue with people willing to pay $250.00 bucks, and I mean FILL the joint and have a crowd that appreciates them. There are PLENTY of people willing to pay the price and ZZ doesn't have to fool around with the $25.00 nosebleed ticket dope smokers. I'm just speculating. As for speculating, maybe they can't fill a large venue anymore, HA HA, that ain't true.

    Rick

    12 Feb 17 at 6:41 pm

  49. Rick, using those numbers they will have a take of $875,000. Not bad for a li'l old band from Texas.

    Joe Shlabotnik

    12 Feb 17 at 7:46 pm

  50. @Joe - LOL. I agree, not bad a'tall

    Rick

    12 Feb 17 at 7:54 pm

  51. The Carolina Coliseum was designed to seat 12,000 but about 3,000 seats were taken out so that the SC basketball teams can have two practice courts (something they needed to be more competitive with their SEC counterparts). This means the coliseum can't be used for anything such as basketball games or HS graduations anymore...now those events are at the nearby Colonial Life Arena.

    Andrew

    12 Feb 17 at 9:41 pm

  52. The bakery on Monticello Road has been open for more than a week now, to serve customers early before Valentines Day.

    Toby

    13 Feb 17 at 12:19 pm

  53. There is a note in the Free Times (at the bottom of the article about the new Gullah piano bar) saying that Quaker Steak and Lube off of Spears Creek Rd has closed. This is always somewhere I would have liked to go but it is well outside the area that anyone in my family wanted to drive for food.

    The article also notes that Mr D's Steakhouse in Lexington has closed.

    Matt Aslin

    16 Feb 17 at 10:10 am

  54. @Ted - You take some great pictures but what would be cool is, I sometimes would like to see a street view, for lack of a better explanation. To explain, maybe after taking your normal array of pictures of a building/business that has closed, I would Like to see a wide view. Other businesses around it etc. so I can better visualize where, on Two Notch Road for example,where the closed business was or near. Did I make any sense there?

    Rick

    16 Feb 17 at 4:29 pm

  55. Hmm. I'll try to remember to do more of that.,,

    ted

    17 Feb 17 at 1:00 am

  56. Carrabba's on Graces Way in the northeast is closing. They got word Thursday and started refusing deliveries immediately..

    Steve

    17 Feb 17 at 8:35 am

  57. I went to Carrabba's twice, didn't like it neither time. I think what did them in, and I'm surprised it took this long, is LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION. If they had been right on Two Notch, they probably would have done so much better.

    Sidney

    17 Feb 17 at 10:07 am

  58. In saying that about Carrabba's, I would be surprised if that new Famous Toastery place right next to Carrabba's last more than a year.

    Sidney

    17 Feb 17 at 10:24 am

  59. Fabric 101 on Fontaine Road is closing. Article in the State says 2-25-17 will be their last day. Items up to 50% off.

    Rick

    17 Feb 17 at 10:46 am

  60. LA Boutique on Corley Mill Road in Lexington is closing. They may already be out of business. There's a sign out front that says store closing. I think this used to be a consignment shop previously

    Brian

    17 Feb 17 at 3:44 pm

  61. I was at Harbison Center today getting my son's haircut and noticed the business at in Suite 275 EE had closed. The sign on the door said they moved to Columbiana Circle next to Toys R Us. I am not sure, but I think this might have been the Men's Wearhouse Tux and Formal Wear store. If so, then moving to next to the Toys R US would make sense, because that means they moved into the regular Men's Wearhouse Store. Men's Wearhouse is the only thing next to Toys R Us in Harbison.

    James R

    19 Feb 17 at 1:58 am

  62. I found out Friday that Belk @ Richland Mall is going to move everything on the 2nd floor (except the salon) down to the 1st floor. I found this out at the barber shop next to Belk.

    Matt Aslin

    20 Feb 17 at 11:34 am

  63. Well, that's the end then. That's what JC Penny downtown did. That's what Belk Dutch Square did...

    ted

    20 Feb 17 at 12:39 pm

  64. Not sure if this has been mentioned here previously or not, but in case it has not, Century Glass on Bush River Road by the Bush River Memorial Gardens has moved. I think the new address is 4059 Broad River Road according to the tarp over the old sign on Bush River.

    James R

    20 Feb 17 at 3:57 pm

  65. Wow...JUST when I think I can cut down on computer time, I come across this site!!! I grew up in Columbia(born at Ft. Jackson, went to Eau Claire HS and USC '79). Moved to Atlanta after graduation but still have folks around St. Andrews, Harbison and Fish Hatchery Rd.

    Thanks for the memories! I'll be back...I just posted on the old Jeff Price Tennis/Skate/Ski thread...recalling my days as a young tennis buck in the boom years of tennis in Columbia!!!
    Cheers
    CoachRick
    BTW, we live in Austin, TX now; so it's not like a three hour drive to come back to visit any more!!!

    CoachRick

    24 Feb 17 at 5:14 pm

  66. @CoachRick - It is a requirement that you come back to Columbia before you can make a comment on this page.
    So get in you car and drive back to Columbia so you can make another comment, if not your comments will not be seen by all that visit this site. You're welcome.

    Rick

    24 Feb 17 at 6:32 pm

  67. @Rick - Dang bud, some welcome wagon you are!!! Don't be dissing the new visitors...haha

    Homer

    24 Feb 17 at 11:40 pm

  68. I'm trying to get back there! At least for a quick visit. Gonna put our Highlands, NC house on the market in the spring(I hope!). That's not easy to do from over 1100 miles away!!!

    CoachRick

    24 Feb 17 at 11:56 pm

  69. Hey Ted - check your e-mail. Just sent you another closing.....

    Homer

    26 Feb 17 at 5:20 pm

  70. Big T's on Sparkleberry looks like it is converting into a convenience store.

    JohnBom

    1 Mar 17 at 9:17 am

  71. HH Gregg announced it is closing 88 stores, none in SC, amidst rumors that it is going to file for bankruptcy.

    Tom

    3 Mar 17 at 11:58 am

  72. Not only has Cayce lost Church's Chicken recently but now a hotel that was recently rebranded Motel 6 (not sure what it was originally) is now being torn down...

    Andrew

    3 Mar 17 at 11:43 pm

  73. Gateway Plumbing Supply has completed its move. It used to be located across from Uno Pizzeria and Grill (next to Gateway Academy Childcare) in Lexington. They built a new location on North Lake Drive between Old Cherokee and Pilgrim Church at the entrance of the Whitehall Neighborhood.

    James R

    7 Mar 17 at 10:19 pm

  74. The State paper reports today that Mary's Arepas Latin Food has opened a brick-and-mortar restaurant in Cayce.
    That doesn't sound like an appealing menu to me.

    Joe Shlabotnik

    10 Mar 17 at 4:37 pm

  75. @Joe Shlabotnik - Sounds like a case of constipation from hell after eating there to me.
    Can you imagine?
    I'll be sure to avoid this place.
    My kind of humor. Ha-ha, thanks.

    Rick

    10 Mar 17 at 5:58 pm

  76. Not a loss but it looks like Hu Hot at Columbiana Station, 1260 A-8 Bower Pkwy, Columbia, SC 29212 closed. https://www.huhot.com/location/columbia-sc/

    Sandra

    11 Mar 17 at 10:46 am

  77. Unbelievably... Bruegger's on 378 has closed effective yesterday! Someone spoke with the owner, apparently the location wasn't making enough money to justify signing another 10 year lease, so they decided to close. The Irmo and Forest Drive locations are open. Bagel places come and go.. hopefully another one comes in. Very upset that this has closed!!

    Brian

    14 Mar 17 at 8:49 am

  78. @Brian. Damn! Now I have to go across the damn dam to get a damn Brueggers Bagel.

    Beth

    14 Mar 17 at 10:32 am

  79. @Beth... Yes. I'm absolutely SHOCKED. On weekends the place was packed. I stopped on mornings, and it was always full.
    I noticed the staff had turned over recently... but I never expected this would close.
    Years ago there were NYB's around Columbia and Lexington, then they all went away. Then a place opened on 378 by Bi-Lo which was a bagel place that was locally owned... that became a MyGym for kids, and now I think is Wild Birds Unlimited? Brueggers being in town has been wonderful... Being from NJ it's as close as you could get to real quality bagels... Definitely better than anything at Panera or ABC....
    Going across the damn isn't horrible, but not ideal.
    I'm VERY sad this has closed.... Meanwhile we have more and more sub places... more and more taco places... more and more grocery stores... less and less trees.

    Brian

    14 Mar 17 at 10:38 am

  80. O'Charleys on Two Notch in NE Cola is closed.

    JB

    14 Mar 17 at 11:26 am

  81. I went to the 378 Brueggers a good bit considering how far away it was. First during the flood recovery when Forest Drive had no water for coffee and then recently during the (ongoing) wifi issues at Forest Drive. They always seemed to be doing a pretty good business to me..

    ted

    14 Mar 17 at 11:32 am

  82. O'Charleys on Two Notch and Applebees at O'Neil Court have both closed.

    JB2

    14 Mar 17 at 12:11 pm

  83. I just noticed the signage being removed from the Applebee's on O'Neil. No loss there. Sad to see O'Charley's close. There's just to many flipping 'fast casual' restaurants that have practically interchangeable menus.

    Homer

    14 Mar 17 at 1:31 pm

  84. @Brian. I was just at Lexington Brueggers on Saturday. Nothing posted and there was a big crowd! I never stopped on the weekday mornings because when I drove by (usually around 7:05am) it was packed.

    Beth

    14 Mar 17 at 1:35 pm

  85. Any opinions on Freddy's Steakburgers? Read where they are opening another location in West Columbia.

    Beth

    14 Mar 17 at 1:36 pm

  86. Have not been to Freddy's yet. Rode by their Killian Road location today on my way to Burger King. Just about pulled in but they were packed. Had a Veggie Burger at Burger King, trying to cut back on red meat and wanted to try it. BLAH! Don't. Boca Veggie Burgers you buy at the super market and prepare yourself are much better.

    Rick

    14 Mar 17 at 2:00 pm

  87. I tried Freddy's. Took a while to be willing to wait in the line but I think even once the novelty of a new restaurant wears off the line will seem long just b/c they cook everything fresh. It doesn't matter what time I go by the lot always looks just as packed. I liked it. Not something I would eat often - I got their original double combo - but I enjoyed the burger and the fries as well. I recommend trying it. I hope to go back soon to try a custard.

    JB

    14 Mar 17 at 10:30 pm

  88. Changes in NE Cola: There was a lot of traffic but I thought I caught a sign on the brand new building still being worked on behind TJMaxx in Village at Sandhill that at least part of it will be a Smashburger. Blaze will eventually be moving into the old Shane's Rib Shack/El Amir next to Blue Fin. Fresh Market will be opening the 26th of April I believe the sign said and Zoe's and Blaze's competition (can't think of the name right now) have had hiring signs up in addition to Orange Theory and Pet Supermarket in that new complex. Hope this helps.

    JB

    14 Mar 17 at 10:32 pm

  89. Freddy's is very good. I've only braved the line once but I'd put it ahead of Five Guys and Smashburger. What gives me hope is passing by there in the evening and seeing the parking lot packed beyond capacity and the Hardee's next door practically has tumbleweeds rolling through.

    Jason

    15 Mar 17 at 9:17 am

  90. For what it's worth... there are only a few websites I visit regularly... and this is one of them. I absolutely love columbia closings, and fwiw I just wanted to say thank you... This page satisfies like a Snickers bar. haha

    Brian

    15 Mar 17 at 9:18 am

  91. Just think in 5 years the Northeast will most likely have all of Killian Crossing filled up. Hardscrabble Rd will be 5 lanes from Farrow to Kelly Mill. Clemson will be 5 lanes from Sparkleberry to Two Notch. The intersection at Clemson/Rhame/North Springs will be revamped (being done now). I believe there will be another high school in 2020 in Richland District 2. All of these changes just in 5 years. Wow.

    Sidney

    15 Mar 17 at 10:37 am

  92. And US-21 will still be closed..

    ted

    15 Mar 17 at 11:20 am

  93. Since someone mentioned Blaze, i just want to take this opportunity to say that Blood Orange Lemonade might be the best thing ever. So good i cant go to Blaze anymore, because i am diabetic and i cant help but drink 4 or 5 cups of it every time i go.

    IrmoJeff

    15 Mar 17 at 1:08 pm

  94. US-21... What a shame. Maybe Trump will give McMaster the 5 Billion and we could put a temporary bridge across it.

    Rick

    15 Mar 17 at 4:49 pm

  95. I would add the following to Sidney's list:

    - the revamp of the I-26/I-20 interchange that has been known as 'malfunction junction' for over 20 years will be underway as part of the Carolina Crossroads project involving the several interchanges leading to Broad River Road & I-26 as well as I-20/Broad River to 378/Sunset Blvd. (frankly I wish they'd find a way to ease congestion at I-20/Broad River as said interchange is very congestion prone)
    - I-26 will be widened (or the process at least underway) further to SC 202/Little Mountain
    - Broad River Road widened from Lake Murray to Ballentine
    - Leaphart Road & Rainbow Drive both will have new bridges over I-26
    - Leaphart Road intersections with Chris Drive & Harbor Drive will be upgraded (on either side of the I-26 bridge)
    - I-20 from 378 to Longs Pond Road widened (this project is about to get underway)
    - I-77 widened up towards Blythewood

    and to echo what ted said about US 21 being closed, I have similar feelings towards Wilton Road in West Columbia which closed after the October 2015 flooding.

    Andrew

    15 Mar 17 at 5:22 pm

  96. On the previous list when I said, "Broad River Road widened from Lake Murray to Ballentine" I was referring to where Lake Murray Blvd. pulls into Broad River...then after I-26 it will continue until 76 and 176 splits off and 176 is up to become 3 lanes from said split until I-26 (I know that bridge was on the news as a bridge that is falling into the structurally deficient category so hopefully it'll get an upgrade)...

    Andrew

    15 Mar 17 at 5:43 pm

  97. @Sidney - on the downside, in 5 years, while the whole Killian Rd. area out to Blythewood will be booming, Sandhills and the area along that stretch of Two Notch will, no doubt, be feeling the downhill slide that the Two Notch/Decker/Parklane is suffering from.

    Homer

    15 Mar 17 at 6:07 pm

  98. @Homer, I agree, Sandhills will go downhill. But like I said before, Kahn needs to lower the rent in Sandhills to bring more stores in. I really hope Killian Crossing will be more of a night life area with restaurants and bars.

    Sidney

    15 Mar 17 at 10:13 pm

  99. @Sidney - As things are growing closer to Ballentine and up to Chapin I can already see the blight from the Dutch Square/Broad River Rd. area creeping closer to the Harbison/Irmo area.

    Homer

    15 Mar 17 at 11:02 pm

  100. Just read the O'Charley's on Two Notch is going, going, gone! We have one in Lexington though.

    Beth

    16 Mar 17 at 8:38 am

  101. Here's the link to that O'Charley's closing in NE Cola.

    http://www.wistv.com/story/34895644/midlands-ocharleys-location-closes-down

    palmettoconnection

    16 Mar 17 at 12:42 pm

  102. Its funny how both the O'Charley's and Hu Hot closings were posted here before The State newspaper! You GO TED!

    Sidney

    16 Mar 17 at 5:02 pm

  103. Brian

    18 Mar 17 at 9:41 am

  104. Anyone else having trouble with comments not posting here? I was able to get my comment posted on Dianne's on Devine, but could not get comments to post here on Have Your Say yesterday.

    James R

    18 Mar 17 at 9:52 pm

  105. Family Christian Stores at 5541 Sunset Blvd. had someone out front with a sign saying "Everything Must Go!" When you go to Family Christian's website, (http://www.familychristian.com/) it says all stores "All Stores Closing" before switching to another page that indicates their online store has already closed.

    James R

    20 Mar 17 at 10:32 pm

  106. Hi Ted. Would you please contact me via my email address here. I would like to pick your brain about a couple of "how to" things if you don't mind.

    palmettoconnection

    24 Mar 17 at 12:54 pm

  107. Looks like Taco Cid has called it quits; they moved from Charleston Highway to Lexington Drive over near Midlands Tech - Airport a while back, but the signage at that location is now gone.

    Payne

    24 Mar 17 at 10:05 pm

  108. Yep, closing here.

    ted

    25 Mar 17 at 12:39 am

  109. This might be a 'closing': I drove by Maurice's sauce plant, located behind the Piggy Park across from the K-Mart, and I think there's a sign on it saying 'For Lease.'

    badger

    25 Mar 17 at 7:56 am

  110. @James R, I saw the Family Christian store in Sandhills has its closing sign out also.

    Sidney

    25 Mar 17 at 9:18 am

  111. Too bad. I went in there with my grandma once after going to HiWire inside Plex. FCS went bankrupt and is closing all stores.

    Tris Sprinkle

    25 Mar 17 at 2:09 pm

  112. @ Sidney,

    Not surprising. As my original post noted their online store is already closed and their website indicated all stores were closing. Not sure when their final day is, the website and the guy holding the sign out front of the Lexington store said 40% off, so it seems like the closing is in the early stages. Maybe by the end April?

    James R

    26 Mar 17 at 5:06 pm

  113. Wow, I'm pretty behind the times with regard to Taco Cid! :-)

    Payne

    27 Mar 17 at 3:50 pm

  114. @Payne - Taco Cid. Yes you are behind the times but no worries. Taco Cid had a following, some really liked their food, some not so much. Taco Cid has been around for quite a while as you may know and after the original owner passed, sometime in the late 80's or early 90's, his nephew took over. The nephew passed at an early age and it really never got any traction after that.

    As recently as when they moved their last location from Charleston Highway tp Platt Springs Road I approached the owner about a franchise, she was not interested and the story goes...

    Rick

    27 Mar 17 at 6:20 pm

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