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Written by ted on January 13th, 2017

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  1. Happy New Year to all!!!


    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.

    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


    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


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.



    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 :(


    14 Jan 17 at 11:55 pm

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


    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.


    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...


    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.


    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


    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


    19 Jan 17 at 5:43 pm

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


    19 Jan 17 at 5:43 pm

  20. So is Joe Pinner.


    19 Jan 17 at 9:49 pm

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


    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?


    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.


    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 ( 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.


    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.


    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 the comments on the Jackson's page.


    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.


    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:

    James R

    27 Jan 17 at 6:24 pm

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


    29 Jan 17 at 12:22 am

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


    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.


    30 Jan 17 at 7:46 pm

  33. test 123


    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.


    5 Feb 17 at 12:49 am

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


    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.


    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


    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.


    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.


    7 Feb 17 at 11:43 pm

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


    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.


    9 Feb 17 at 7:52 pm

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


    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.


    12 Feb 17 at 5:40 am

  44. * I was 16, not Alice.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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


    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 those events are at the nearby Colonial Life Arena.


    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.


    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?


    16 Feb 17 at 4:29 pm

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


    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..


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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


    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...


    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!!!
    BTW, we live in Austin, TX now; so it's not like a three hour drive to come back to visit any more!!!


    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.


    24 Feb 17 at 6:32 pm

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


    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!!!


    24 Feb 17 at 11:56 pm

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


    26 Feb 17 at 5:20 pm

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


    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.


    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...


    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.


    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.


    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!!


    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.


    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.


    14 Mar 17 at 10:38 am

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


    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..


    14 Mar 17 at 11:32 am

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


    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.


    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.


    14 Mar 17 at 1:35 pm

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


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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


    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.


    15 Mar 17 at 10:37 am

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


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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)...


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    16 Mar 17 at 8:38 am

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


    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!


    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, ( 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.


    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.


    24 Mar 17 at 10:05 pm

  108. Yep, closing here.


    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.'


    25 Mar 17 at 7:56 am

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


    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! :-)


    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...


    27 Mar 17 at 6:20 pm

  115. I know there had been some discussion on the Next Best Thing Consignment Shop closing on Lake Murray Blvd. a little while ago. I followed them on Facebook and about a week ago I got a notification that their Facebook page had changed their name. They are now Copper Barn Furniture.

    Next Best Thing had vacated the building on Lake Murray when the Facebook page changed. Facebook says Copper Barn is in Irmo, but it does not give an address. Does anyone know anything about this? Facebook also says Copper Barn Furniture opened in 2012.

    James R

    29 Mar 17 at 11:23 pm

  116. @Jmaes R - That's a good question. I live in Irmo and have never heard of it. I'm familiar with most of the store around here excepting the ones along Broad River Rd. @ Kennerly and going up toward Ballentine. I can't even find a reference on Google maps. Where is Andrew when you need him? If anyone can dig this up he can.


    29 Mar 17 at 11:54 pm

  117. @ted - I've been meaning to run by Next Best Thing to get some photos since they vacated the premises but have been too busy. Maybe I will get by there this weekend.

    There is also another little consignment/gift shop that has closed in Irmo. If I get a chance I'll take some pics of it whenever they aren't around cleaning out the building.


    29 Mar 17 at 11:57 pm

  118. Payless Shoe Source announced their bankruptcy today which supposedly includes the closure of 400 stores. That's about a 10% reduction as they have around 4,400 stores worldwide. If you go to the Payless Shoe Source website, it appears they intend to announce the store closure list tomorrow morning at 10 AM after they have had the chance to talk with the employees of the affected stores.

    I story I read attributed the declining sales to the internet and the lack of mall traffic. I know I have stated it here before, but I cannot see that many people buying shoes on the internet. Shoes are something you need to try on in the store for the best fit. It's not necessarily sizing, but the actual fit with the arch, heel, etc. I know from one New Balance shoe to the next, the size might be the same, but they do not feel the same on my foot. In either case, I will try to check out the closing list tomorrow morning and see if any SC stores are on it.

    That story also noted that GameStop will close approximately 150 stores due to big box competition in console units and declining video game sales. It would not surprise me if one fo the two Lexington stores were on that list. The two are practically on top of each other and that has to mean higher overhead than necessary. The one store is located in the Wal-mart plaza on 378. If you exit the back side of that plaza you are at the Publix on 378 and Old Cherokee where the second GameStop is located. GameStop has not announced the list of 150 stores, nor did their website indicate when they would announce the closings.

    James R

    4 Apr 17 at 8:25 pm

  119. Payless posted their store closing list here

    There are no SC stores on the list.

    James R

    5 Apr 17 at 7:54 pm

  120. In other news, the owner of Krispy Kreme is apparently purchasing Panera Bread.

    James R

    5 Apr 17 at 7:56 pm

  121. Hmm, if they could get Einstein Bagels into Panera that would be a big step up for their bagels.


    6 Apr 17 at 1:48 am

  122. Looks like the end has come for HH Gregg the whole chain is shutting down starting Saturday

    Thomas S

    7 Apr 17 at 8:10 pm

  123. Aww damn. I get all my stuff from HH Gregg, Fridge, washer, dryer, several TV's. Gonna have to watch for sales in the next few weeks. Would like to get another Sony 65" TV, a stove/microwave combo, a dishwasher.


    8 Apr 17 at 8:07 am

  124. Bad if HH Gregg shuts down, boost for Best Buy.


    8 Apr 17 at 11:04 am

  125. I was never impressed with hhgregg. I think that their checkout process was too involved and the overall vibe in the store left a lot to be desired.

    A simple web search for hhgregg liquidation yields the following:

    Tiger Capital Group has been lined up to liquidate everything. hhgregg had 220 stores in 19 states...88 of them the liquidation had already started and now the whole companies is liquidating after being unable to secure an investor.

    hhgregg has two Columbia locations:

    Village at Sandhill
    Columbiana Station (Bower Parkway)

    The Columbiana Station one is next door to a recently closed Stein Mart (which has already featured here). Those two create a large vacancy that could easily bring someone big in (though I'd like to see it get World Market). Village at Sandhill (at least to me) seems like a tougher nut to crack but we shall see...


    8 Apr 17 at 12:38 pm

  126. I went in HH Greg one time. I also was not impressed. Selection was limited and the sales people were pushy, not what I expected at all. I have found the best prices on appliances at Jeffers-McGill. I purchased my first cam-corder from them in 1991, I've purchased a washer and dryer from them, a high end gas cook top, an under the counter Maytag Ice Maker, a Maytag dishwasher, a refrigerator and double wall oven. I always shopped around, and they always beat every body else's prices. I don't really know them that well so this is not an endorsement, I just go to where the best prices are. I have considered making large appliance purchases on line but have not crossed that threshold yet, still a little wary of having a large appliance shipped to me via motor freight.


    8 Apr 17 at 1:20 pm

  127. The Wich Wich in the Sandhills has closed. Sign is already down and lots of packing up taking place inside. There is a new pizza place about to open down the street a bit (in the old Al Amir?) Do not understand who does business planning in Columbia, Mod pizza across the street just opens, and another competing chain opens in the Sandhills? Just seems a little crazy.


    8 Apr 17 at 1:54 pm

  128. There was an entry here for 'Midland Manufacturing' on Universal Drive, but it seems to have disappeared, possibly in the meltdown a while back. The subsequent occupant 'Bass Pallets' has also closed. Maybe there's not that big a market for hauling bass by the pallet load.


    8 Apr 17 at 2:09 pm

  129. I went to Which-Wich twice, and both times they got my order wrong, despite having a system completely designed not to do that. They also did not have fresh-brewed tea.


    8 Apr 17 at 2:27 pm

  130. @Badger - Heh heh. There are always pot holes out in front of this place you refer to. Anytime I go down that street I have to dodge them. Seems like there is a low lying area that water collects and pot holes occur.


    8 Apr 17 at 2:35 pm

  131. I absolutely HATED going to HH Gregg. It always felt like going to a used car lot, with the salesmen swooping down on you like vultures as soon as you walked in. I only went there if I needed something right away and Best Buy didn't have it, and I always regretted doing so. Good riddance to commissioned sales.


    8 Apr 17 at 4:32 pm

  132. I got an email from HH Gregg (or possibly the company handling the liquidation). It states that everything is 30% off.

    It looks like the electronic version of the guy with the neon colored sign standing in the middle of traffic.

    The website it directs you to lists every HH Gregg location and is titled HHGregg liquidation.

    Matt Aslin

    8 Apr 17 at 10:57 pm

  133. I know a semi-retired gentleman that worked in the appliance/electronics sections of the store. He had finally had enough of them after they continually added to his workload and began screwing with his commissions.

    Joe Shlabotnik

    10 Apr 17 at 6:40 am

  134. I thought this was interesting enough to post here. Not really a closing but more of "not opening". It's about Killian Crossing.


    10 Apr 17 at 8:44 am

  135. The State Newspaper reports that El Burrito in 5 Points will close.


    11 Apr 17 at 9:55 am

  136. It's good to know that El Burrito is not closing due to financial troubles. I knew Suzi back when she was starting the restaurant. I used to be part of a circle of peeps she asked to "test" the food before they officially opened. She brought the concept with her from Atlanta where similar restaurants were taking off. El Burrito was the first one of it's kind in Columbia.


    12 Apr 17 at 12:11 pm

  137. I was driving down Harden St. this morning and saw that the Rite Aid has closed and the building is for rent? Before it was a Rite Aid it was an Eckerd Drug for many years! Pictures posted soon!

    Patricia Lewis

    13 Apr 17 at 6:44 pm

  138. The Flood of the Millienum still lingers on! At least the damaged businesses of Liberty Tax Offce and Title Max on Devine St. ate still standing with no signs of repair or tearing down in progress! Same thing with the Subway on Crowson Rd.!

    Patricia Lewis

    13 Apr 17 at 6:50 pm

  139. hhgregg's liquidation is underway and my finding was that unless you were in the market for a sofa, TV (or certain TV accessories), appliance or mattress that there isn't anything worth your while there...

    Patricia's comment on the Rite Aid on Harden Street prompted me to check and I remember it featuring here but there wasn't a link on the Alphabetical page...her comment on the Deinve St. Buildings post-flood made me realize that the best thing to do is raze them and make it a greenspace (like they were planning to do with Zorba's on Decker Blvd)...


    15 Apr 17 at 2:45 pm

  140. I saw this afternoon that the Jiffy Lube on Forest Dr at Perceval has moved out. I can't think that traffic was ever really good at this location due to the lack of space with it being squeezed in between the gas station and the car wash. The lot is so small that I have gotten stuck in the lot after getting gas and not being able to get out until someone else got done getting gas and left.


    15 Apr 17 at 5:00 pm

  141. Roosters Racks


    17 Apr 17 at 5:32 pm

  142. Noticed today that something is going on at the Five Guys by Columbiana Mall. Not sure if they are renovating it or if it is going to be something else.


    18 Apr 17 at 6:36 pm

  143. WLTX is reporting that Harper's in Five Points has closed for good. Only went there a few times but I know it was the "go to" place for a lot of people.


    19 Apr 17 at 10:29 am

  144. The closing of Harper's is really sad, to me. I've had lots of good times and good food there. When my parents would come to Columbia, they liked going to Harper's. It was always tasty, service was always good. It's truly disappointing to see them go.

    But, am I the only one who thought it was out of place in Five Points? Five Points is an absolute toilet that somehow manages to keep getting worse.

    Harper's - Thanks for the good times. You will be missed.

    Lone Wolf

    19 Apr 17 at 11:07 am

  145. Damn, that does suck about Harper's. Had many many dinners, drinks, and lunches there during the '80s and '90's.

    I think it was a Grandy's fast food restaurant before it was Harper's. I recall seeing a picture here before that when it was a car stereo store.


    19 Apr 17 at 1:46 pm

  146. Harpers and El Burrito are definitely noteworthy closings that readers can identify with and appreciate as their are actually histories behind them. Many of other fly-by-night and out of the way corner strip mall closings......not so much. Those are all pretty much expected, along with the shops that go into certain "death spot" locations thinking they are going to be the one to break the trend. Never happens.


    19 Apr 17 at 2:10 pm

  147. The Cross Fit gym in Lexington has moved out of the Pastime Pavilion and across town to the Old Mill.
    The Lexington Discount Beverage Center will be taking it's place at 900 N. Lake Dr.

    John R

    19 Apr 17 at 3:25 pm

  148. Has anyone listened to 99.7FM yet? Alpha Media has brought alternative/modern rock back to Columbia, albeit a low power station W295CL. For the first time since they turned WARQ into a t*rd, rock music from the 90's onward is back on the air. Actually they are saying this is WARQ-HD2. I wonder how long it will last?


    20 Apr 17 at 12:11 am

  149. Another change: Maybe something happened to my car radio, but I don't get 96.1 as an HD station anymore, so no Son Of Steve or Classic Vinyl or whatever the HD2 channel is/was.


    20 Apr 17 at 12:31 am

  150. I found an old postcard with a Gulf gas station... Derrick's Gulf Fountain on Gervais & Assembly Streets, by Wade Hampton Hotel and phone number was "9363". Have you heard of this business and what is located there now?


    20 Apr 17 at 2:15 pm

  151. Well, I am already disappointed in 99.7. If the new stuff they are playing is what is considered modern rock nowadays then I'm right back to XM full time. Some of this crap sounds like it should be on WNOK.


    20 Apr 17 at 11:39 pm

  152. 99.7 is playing the "Modern Rock" format, which focuses more on the alternative rock genre. I prefer the Active Rock format, which is a mix of classic and contemporary rock with a focus on hard rock. As a compromise I listen to 94.7 out of sumter/florence which uses the mainstream rock format. This is similar to active rock, but with slightly more classic rock songs.


    21 Apr 17 at 5:58 am

  153. Thanks Carl. I'll have to check out 94.7.


    21 Apr 17 at 9:45 am

  154. Good news, Ted! You've won another trip to Columbiana - bebe is closing all its stores by the end of next month.


    21 Apr 17 at 9:57 am

  155. Ted, still enjoying the site, keep up the good work.

    I do have a question about a vacant building on North Main/Wilson Blvd. Heading out N. Main from town towards Blythewood, the building is on your left, right past Lake Elizabeth (the bridge is still out from flooding 1.5 years ago, so you have to go around). The building sits right at the road, and is painted red, white, and green (although very faded now), so I'm assuming it was an Italian restaurant. I would love to find out what this place was. Maybe it was a happening place when US-21 was a main thoroughfare. Don't know the name of the place, so I can't find it if it is already listed here.


    21 Apr 17 at 3:07 pm

  156. Since beach areas are sometimes discussed here, I will mention that Myrtle Beach's Palace Theater will be torn down soon. Suffered storm damage last year and the owner gave up.


    21 Apr 17 at 5:22 pm

  157. The Five Guys on Columbiana Dr. is in the process of remodeling. According to the sign on the door they are adding hand spun milk shakes and an infamous Coke Freestyle machine among other things.


    23 Apr 17 at 9:54 pm

  158. Rock 99.7 is starting to grow on me. I listened to it quite a bit in my shop on Saturday and it reminds me of a cross between the old 93.5 and the Palm. Got my fingers crossed that it works out.


    23 Apr 17 at 9:55 pm

  159. I also noticed some activity around the old Hemmingway's location in the Kroger Shopping center in Irmo. At one time Kroger was thinking about expanding into the space but, at the time, were unable to come to a deal with the centers management company. Guess we'll just have to wait and see.


    23 Apr 17 at 10:14 pm

  160. Darci Strickland had this post announcing a remodel on the Village at Sandhill Five Guys to feature the freestyle, a hand spun machine and other remodels and I felt that something like that was going on with Columbiana's but hadn't made it by to confirm (though I was planning to and report back when I did)...I had noticed billboards in Sumter noting that their Five Guys had the Freestyle and felt it was only a matter of time before the ones in Columbia got it...


    23 Apr 17 at 10:26 pm

  161. I don't like freestyle machines at all! They get the last person's drink choice dripping on to your hand and into your ice.

    As for the shakes, I have no intrinsic objection, but am afraid it might be the start of 5G losing focus like some many chains do.


    23 Apr 17 at 11:15 pm

  162. I like the freestyle machines as that's the only way to get diet Barq's in Columbia.


    24 Apr 17 at 7:37 am

  163. anyone know what's going on with the mr. suds self car wash on hardscrabble (near Clemson rd.). it is all taped off and closed. it is still listed on their website. Best value for $5 self wash places around. I am guessing it is not part of the hardscrabble Clemson intersection redo?


    25 Apr 17 at 8:39 am

  164. The stretch of Hard scrabble that Mr. Suds is on is being prepped for widening...I don't know enough to know how Mr. Suds will be affected ultimately...I know that Living Springs Lutheran's property will see a large impact by this and that a Circle K has completely closed because of the land needed though it remains to be seen how it works out but the need to widen Hard Scrabble has been there for years...


    25 Apr 17 at 11:36 pm

  165. It's amazing how much they have cleared out already on Hardscrabble Rd.


    26 Apr 17 at 10:27 am

  166. If Mr. Suds is planning on remaining open, from the looks of the cleared land nearby it'll be so close to the completed road that cars driving past it are going to get wet. I'm wondering if both it at the Agape Physician's Care next door are both going to wind up closing.


    27 Apr 17 at 11:42 am

  167. The State newspaper is reporting that Fujiya on Rosewood has closed and Sakura will take its place after some remodeling.


    28 Apr 17 at 1:40 pm

    Not a closing but an opening. Rode by there today and the parking lot was full.


    30 Apr 17 at 2:01 pm

  169. All 3 Smart Choice Title Loans in Columbia/Lexington have closed down. Matter of fact, the entire company closed all its' offices as of February 17. Their 3 locations were on Broad River Road, Two Notch Road, and Lexington

    Bart Laber

    1 May 17 at 10:02 am

  170. ^Good.


    1 May 17 at 4:15 pm

  171. Google yields them as being at the following addresses:

    - 1221 Broad River Road (at intersection with Arrowwood)
    - 4260 Augusta Road #R (between Ermine and Oak Drive/St. David's Church Road)
    - 7716 Two Notch Road (across from IHOP, between I-20 & I-77)

    I can only hope that something better can wind up in these spots in due course...


    1 May 17 at 5:25 pm

  172. Now if the rest of them would do the same!!!!!


    1 May 17 at 6:11 pm

  173. Yuuuup!!!


    1 May 17 at 7:00 pm

  174. Has anyone heard about the restaurant D.L. McLaughlin's in Irmo closing? It's going out on Broad River road and seems like it has been there forever.


    3 May 17 at 3:10 pm

  175. It's been mentioned here, but I have not gotten out that way.


    3 May 17 at 11:16 pm

  176. @ED & ted - last time I was by D.L. McLaughlin's was on St. Patrick's day. The restaurant had a For Sale sign in the window but the bar was packed. I don't know if they were doing something special for the day or not. I haven't been back by there since.


    4 May 17 at 12:44 am

  177. @ED and ted - drove by D.L. McLaughlin's this afternoon. There is a large For Sale sign on the front door. Couldn't stop to check it out as there were several pickups there and people milling around. Not sure what was going on.


    5 May 17 at 11:09 pm

  178. Banana Republic at the mall closed, there are no more in Columbia


    6 May 17 at 9:23 am

  179. Thanks for the info about D.L McLaughlins. It looks like the Bi-Lo in Friarsgate is closing at the end of June. The address is 7949 Broad River Rd, its not the same store on Broad River that was turned into a Harvey's


    7 May 17 at 1:08 pm

  180. I wonder if it is destined to become a Harvey's?


    8 May 17 at 12:13 am

  181. @Homer, I don't think so, from what I understand the employees were offered jobs at other Bi-Lo locations.


    8 May 17 at 6:20 pm

  182. Well, if Bi-Lo closes up shop that will leave another little strip mall practically empty....


    8 May 17 at 11:41 pm

  183. Awww....i had my very first job when i was in high school at that Bi Lo, #126 if anyone is interested.


    10 May 17 at 12:27 am

  184. The Yogo Novus on Clemson Rd at Sparkleberry Lane next to the Krispy Kreme has closed.


    11 May 17 at 2:13 pm

  185. IMHO, The Yogo Novus has succumbed to the Location Disease. That was an awful place to have a yogurt business. I feel like yogurt/ice cream businesses need walking traffic.


    11 May 17 at 3:36 pm

  186. BI-LO #5526, Friarsgate Plaza, 7949 Broad River Road, Irmo, South Carolina 29063-2358, is closing in June.

    There goes one of BI-LO's more successful Richland County stores.


    17 May 17 at 2:59 am

  187. Bi-Lo #5580, Sandy Ridge Square, 2916 Emanuel Church Road, West Columbia, South Carolina 29170-3010, is speculated to close in June also.

    Walmart Neighborhood Market #6291 has been performing well.


    17 May 17 at 12:26 pm

  188. @ted - Coopers Corner on River Drive just before it crosses over the Broad River is closed.


    17 May 17 at 1:41 pm

  189. Rainy Day Pal Used Books in the Lexington Old Mill Complex has posted signs outside saying they are going out of business. Not sure when their last day will be, but they were one of the hardest hit by the 1000 year flood that breached the Lexington dam. It was surprising that he even re-opened and even though it has been some time since the flood, I think closing can be attributed to that.

    James R

    19 May 17 at 11:45 am

  190. Please take Carolina Wiring Service off the closing site. We are not closing. Thanks, Carolina Wiring Service


    23 May 17 at 2:46 pm

  191. All-Star Pizza on US 1 in Lexington has apparently closed. Papa Gio's has opened its place.

    All-Star Pizza was mentioned in some discussions on this blog a while back (maybe 2014?) when Kovachi's in Lexington moved. Supposedly Kovachi's chef left to go start the All-Star Pizza business.

    I find also it interesting that Papa Gio's has opened in this location. Papa Gio's was mentioned in the recent closing post for Northern Style Pizza on Broad River Road in Irmo. Given the similar of Papa Gio's opening so soon after the others closed, I have to wonder if Papa Gio's bought the others out.

    James R

    24 May 17 at 11:19 pm

  192. The BI-LO at Friarsgate Plaza on Broad River Road is closing. My father stopped in today (5/28/17) and found the place mostly empty, with only one cashier and one bag boy. The manager told my father that the reason for the store's closing is the new Walmart up the road near Ballantine.

    Mike R.

    28 May 17 at 6:24 pm

  193. I doubt the Ballentine Walmart is the reason why...that Ballentine Walmart opened in August 2009...considering it's been 7½ years I'm sure there is more to it than that (i.e. expiring lease, decling sales, negative profit, changes in neighborhood demographics, etc.)


    29 May 17 at 7:46 pm

  194. I noticed this weekend that they have moved a house off of Fork Ave. in Irmo. They are clearing the property all the way back to the old Silver Fox Tennis Shop on Lake Murray Blvd. Not sure what may be going on.


    29 May 17 at 9:09 pm

  195. The old Hemingway's in the Kroger Shopping Center in Irmo has been gutted to the bare walls. I asked one of the Kroger employees if they had bought the space to expand the deli and bakery as the past rumors have stated. He told me no; he heard that Kroger could not reach an agreement with the center management and that they had been concentrating on the Killian Rd Marketplace before they make any other plans for Columbia.


    29 May 17 at 9:27 pm

  196. Without being thought of as argumentative, the reported closing of the Bi-Lo on Emanuel Church Road in West Cola might not be a thing.

    I had opportunity to shop there a few times this past weekend and not only was it busy, there were 0 signs of them calling it quits. If anybody has more info...

    Lone Wolf

    30 May 17 at 10:14 am

  197. Apparently, the Elmwood Avenue Lizard's Thicket will be closing temporarily for some major renovations. They are expected to be closed for a couple of months. Renovations begin June 5th.

    James R

    30 May 17 at 9:00 pm

  198. five guys irmo sc closed

    matt rauch

    31 May 17 at 6:28 pm

  199. bi-lo newberry sc turned in to harveys like the coubia sc stores

    matt rauch

    31 May 17 at 6:30 pm

  200. its time you do a atchove about great american cookies coubia place

    matt rauch

    31 May 17 at 6:31 pm

  201. bi-lo 365 stonewall st orangeburg

    matt rauch

    31 May 17 at 6:37 pm

  202. is closing down come to orangeburg tonight and see

    matt rauch

    31 May 17 at 6:37 pm

  203. The Regency Beauty Institute on Harbison is closed. Soon to become a Shoe Carnival.


    1 Jun 17 at 5:06 pm

  204. Regency Beauty Institute closed systemwide as I noted last October (with a WIS story) but the imparted spot in Columbia at Harbison Court never featured was not long after ITT Technical Institute folded up...

    Shoe Carnival used to be at Harbison Court (where Dollar Tree is now) but then they moved into and now they're returning to Harbison Court (though in a different spot)...


    1 Jun 17 at 9:03 pm

  205. Does anyone remember the name of the Columbian that once proposed building a restaurant/ meeting facility that would hang out over the Congaree River?

    Frank Mancuso

    4 Jun 17 at 6:27 pm

  206. Looks like Tilted Kilt at 380 Columbiana Drive has recently closed down.


    4 Jun 17 at 7:42 pm

  207. @ Frank Mancuso: the "Build the Bridge" was proposed by J. Temple Ligon. Still lives in town.

    Midnight Rambler

    4 Jun 17 at 9:39 pm

  208. Thank you, Midnight.

    Frank Mancuso

    5 Jun 17 at 5:38 am

  209. @ Lone Wolf:

    BI-LO #5580's sales have decreased since Walmart Neighborhood Market #5291 opened. (Walmart Neighborhood Market #5291 is constantly busy.) Besides aesthetic updates years ago, BI-LO #5580 has not undergone significant improvements such as adding a pharmacy department, lowering prices, and staying ahead.

    Prepare to see more BI-LO (and Harvey's Supermarket) stores in Richland and Lexington counties close with leases not being renewed.


    5 Jun 17 at 1:15 pm

  210. I saw this morning the Aldi in Lexington is closed for renovations. That store really isn't that old.


    6 Jun 17 at 9:25 am

  211. I have pored through all these closings from A to Z and can't find a post or mention of JuSuDi's and used to be next door on the right to LaBracska's (sp???) Pizza! It was owned by the Jackson family and was named after Jack Jackson's three daughters Julie, Susan and Dianne! It was designed to look like a cave and they had some of the best Italian Food I have ever eaten even having been to Rome, Italy twice! A runner up would have to be the old Lugi's over in West Columbia across from what was Colite Industries on #378 Augusta Rd.

    Patricia Lewis

    6 Jun 17 at 1:20 pm

  212. ted

    6 Jun 17 at 1:25 pm

  213. Hi Ted,
    I'm with WMBF News in Myrtle Beach, and we're working on a story about the history of the Pavilion. I love the video you have of the last rides there. I wondered if you would be willing to let us use that footage, with credit to you?

    You can reach me via email or by phone at 843.839.7930
    Thanks so much!
    Ashley Talley


    6 Jun 17 at 5:10 pm

  214. Go ahead Ted. But tell her (Ashley) she not only mentions your name but the website too! And the name of the website should be typed across the screen, not just mentioned.


    6 Jun 17 at 8:12 pm

  215. Sears just posted the latest stores that will be closing. The one at Columbia Place Mall is on the list. Not a big surprise.


    6 Jun 17 at 8:44 pm

  216. I can't say I'm surprised on the forthcoming closure of Sears at Columbia Place Mall based off of things I saw the last several times I've been in it.

    Beth mentioned the remodel of Aldi in Lexington...I do rememember that one opening in 2014 and there as an article in The State a few weeks back that is is part of a large $1.6B investment Aldi is doing to bring a more modern design, eco-friendly componets such as recycled materials, energy-saving refrigeration and (the one I'm the happiest about) LED lighting.

    BTW Patricia Lewis, anytime you are looking for something in the Alphabetical Closings list, hit Control+F (or Command+F on a Mac) and then type what it is you're looking for and that will help you find it easier...

    I would hate to see Bi-Lo #5580 close as it is next door to a Blockbuster that featured here and feel like it'd be difficult to find something new for it...


    6 Jun 17 at 11:13 pm

  217. I can confirm that the Tilted Kilt is closed. Five Guys near Columbiana I think might be just remodeling.


    7 Jun 17 at 9:34 am

  218. I looked at Tilted Kilt's website and the location on Gervais (the old Carolina Wings) is not listed. I've never had a good opinion of this chain since the biker brawl at a location in Texas a few years ago.

    Matt Aslin

    7 Jun 17 at 10:49 am

  219. @ Andrew:

    Is there speculation of a Publix supermarket and/or a Kroger Marketplace hypermarket for Red Bank?


    7 Jun 17 at 12:33 pm

  220. Most all of the Tilted Kilts here in Atlanta have closed. This Hooters ripoff always had crappy food and horrible service at the locations I visited. Staff never seemed interested in service, only flirting and tips. Mismanagement and everything a business shouldn't do.


    7 Jun 17 at 3:43 pm

  221. WIS just announced that the Sears at Columbia Mall is on the list of the latest closures from Sears Holdings.


    7 Jun 17 at 5:56 pm

  222. @Knight I have seen discussions that Kroger was considering a marketplace on SC 6 near Old Orangeburg

    As for Publix I heard they were looking at Lexington/Red Bank area when I was in college (2007-09 timeframe) but they have since opened up at Hendrix Crossing (847 Highway 378)...

    And as to Tilted Kilt I never made it (would've like to have gone but it never worked out)...but I can confirm that Five Guys's Columbiana Crossing location is a remodel (Village at Sandhill's location underwent something similar recently and I wouldn't be surprised if the others get something similar in the months ahead)...

    Columbia Place Mall is getting lonelier and lonelier I swear (though I can't say I'm surprised bout Sears going)...unless Sears can get some new corporate leadership I don't see it looking better I'm afraid (but even then it might be too far down)...


    7 Jun 17 at 9:32 pm

  223. Save-A-Lot St. Andrews closing down Thursday June 22nd


    10 Jun 17 at 2:09 pm

  224. I don't think Tilted Kilt ever had a vista location...Carolina Wings did close but it's now something called Twin Peaks...the only one I know of was on Columbiana Drive.

    I'm not surprised about Save-A-Lot at 817 St. Andrews Road. I did make it in once and wasn't impresed...I spoke with one of the managers who indicated that once Walmart Neighborhood Market opened up on Broad River Road that it did a number on their business...I have since figured Save-A-Lot to be the Motel 6/Econo Lodge of grocers...


    11 Jun 17 at 12:21 am

  225. Yes, pretty sure he's thinking of "Twin Peaks", which I understand is also something of a breasturant.

    I didn't even know there was a Save-A-Lot on St. Andrews..


    11 Jun 17 at 12:28 am

  226. @ Andrew:

    Publix #1383, Hendrix Crossing, is in a different trade area from Red Bank. Publix's #1383 trade area is working in its favor. BI-LO #5757 nearby is an instant failure. The new Lowe's Foods #268 opened up without its pharmacy department and higher prices.

    Red Bank should already have a Publix. I guess Kroger could beat Publix there with a Kroger Marketplace.


    11 Jun 17 at 3:25 pm

  227. @ Sidney:

    Kroger closing its St. Andrews Road store in 2012 was questionable. It would be logical to return closer to Harbinson Boulevard with a Kroger Marketplace hypermarket.


    11 Jun 17 at 3:58 pm

  228. My understanding on Publix was that they were looking to build either at either the area where the Hendrix Crossing store is or Red Bank and then they ultimately decided on Hendrix Crossing...the way Red Bank is has built up in the last 10 years or so I wouldn't be surprised if Red Bank winds up with a Publix and/or Kroger Marketplace eventually...

    Red Bank's Piggly Wiggly is still holding on but the way Piggly Wiggly (in general) has been headed I have to wonder how much longer they'll be able to.

    Bi-Lo #5757 (Lake Murray Shopping Center, US 378, Lexington) is just like the Bi-Lo at Forest Park (4711 Forest Drive) that has recently closed as they took it over from Piggly Wiggly but haven't done much in terms of aesthetics to make it look like a Bi-Lo.

    I don't know where Kroger could build a marketplace store in Irmo but the only spot that pops out would be around Broad River & Koon (that's the only space I see the land being available for it)...

    Kroger's 2012 closure of #409 (817 St. Andrews Road) was noted here that it stemmed from the fact that the store had been unprofitable to the tune of $1.2M and was headed further downward.


    11 Jun 17 at 6:43 pm

  229. Sidney

    12 Jun 17 at 5:20 pm

  230. Sorry, they are filing bankruptcy.


    12 Jun 17 at 5:20 pm

  231. The majority of the Kroger stores in and around ATL have branded gas stations where you get discounts on gas the more points you accumulate in the month. Everywhere gets the food discount, but the 20 - .30 off gas is the dealio. I heard they built a new Kroger in West Columbia, or Lexington somewhere with a gas station. True?
    Remember when it used to be Kroger Sav-on?


    13 Jun 17 at 1:50 pm

  232. As for Kroger gas stations, currently the only two Krogers that have them are the Kroger Marketplace at 1028 Roberts Branck Parkway (Farrow & Killian) and the Irmo (7467 Woodrow Street) stores. At this point the other two Krogers (3403 Forest Drive & 10136 Two Notch Road (Sparkelberry Square)) don't have a gas station and I don't see how the Forest Drive one could fit one but Sparkelberry Square could but the only space I could see it fitting is along Graces Way behind Sparkelberry Square.

    Currently there is no West Columbia or Lexington Kroger and no official plans to build one that I'm aware of but I have heard rumors that Kroger is exploring the Lexington/Red Bank area for a potential new Marketplace.

    Gymboree's bankruptcy has been rumored in recent months so I can't say I'm surprised about it...


    13 Jun 17 at 5:34 pm

  233. Publix uses a metric based off of roof scans on satellite imaging when looking for sites. There are not enough roofs that fill the requirements. I am not 100 percent how it is measured but I believe it's sizes of houses in surrounding areas. Yes Red bank is growing but it is not the clientele publix prioritizes. I can confirm there are no plans for a publix in red bank. However he's Kroger was seriously looking at red bank. However the new killian crossing superstore is not doing the projected sales. In fact the irmo store just had their expansion pushed back to a deli dept refresh within existing walls. I don't believe Kroger until the sign is on the built building. I worked their for 14 years and they "were seriously looking at locations" in Lexington


    14 Jun 17 at 9:27 pm

  234. Andrew the sparkleberry Kroger doesn't have a gas station because the landlord wouldn't allow it to be built. During their most recent remodel they looked for off site locations in the vicinity even considered buying the station at the light before the target shopping center I believe if used to be a hess


    14 Jun 17 at 9:34 pm

  235. There is supposedly a Kroger market going in where Capital City Stadium is off Assembly. It's been in the works for over 5 years. The latest news on it appears to be from around June of last year.


    15 Jun 17 at 8:39 am

  236. I absolutely hate the fact that Sears is dying. I am brand loyal MFs. Columbia Mall was our playground when we were kids in the early '80s and that Sears had a cool baseball card shop in the middle of the store. I have never seen that concept since.
    RIP retail!


    15 Jun 17 at 4:23 pm

  237. Awhile back I asked if Northwood Church on 378 had moved because I saw a commercial real estate sign out front indicating the site was for sale. At the time it seemed as if the sign might be advertising the vacant lot next to the church because the Church's website indicated they were still holding services. Today, I noticed a different commercial real estate sign in front of the church that indicated the church is relocating. I do not know when, but just wanted to give a heads up on it.

    James R.

    16 Jun 17 at 1:47 pm

  238. Nestle Toll House in Sandhills, where my son was the manager for a little over a year, a few years ago, has closed up shop.


    19 Jun 17 at 10:00 am

  239. The Ascena Group which owns Dress Barn, Lane Bryant, Catherine's, Ann Taylor and several other boutique chains has announced it will be closing 250-650 stores over the next two years.


    19 Jun 17 at 10:46 am

  240. @Sidney -- I figured the walk-ins from the theater were keeping that open. Wonder if that traffic is down.


    20 Jun 17 at 12:23 am

  241. The traffic could have been the problem. I also think the staff could have contributed to the downfall. And also the price could have been a factor. IMHO, I just don't think it was run correctly from the district level on some occasions and the corporate level on others. When my son was there, he would run out of certain cookies all the time just because they didn't have any in the warehouse to send him. And what is so funny, when I watched Undercover Boss, one of the stores was out of Chocolate Chip Cookies for the same reason.

    They would also hire just anybody who wanted a job. So when it came time to decorate a cookie cake, some of them came out just plain AWFUL. There was one floating around on FB a few months after my son left and if that would have been mine, I would not have paid for it. It was really bad.


    20 Jun 17 at 9:38 am

  242. I love this site so much, and appreciate it even more now that I've been trying to find stuff about Hilton Head. If anyone out there knows of anything similar, but focuses on Hilton Head, let me know.


    23 Jun 17 at 1:25 pm

  243. I talked to someone who works in the same strip mall that the Harbison 5 Guys is in. She told me that the restaurant is being remodel, but because of some problems getting permits, the project is taking longer than expected.


    24 Jun 17 at 1:25 pm

  244. @Tom -- I can believe they are running behind -- I saw people working in there at 11pm on a Saturday night recently.


    24 Jun 17 at 4:55 pm

  245. Looks like Bojangles on Columbia Drive in Lexington has closed. I heard rumors they were closing but drove by there today and it appears its a done deal. I know they were open as late as last week.

    I pulled up Google Maps to try and get an address and they show the building but no Bojangles, I think the address was 461 Columbia Ave.

    Interesting that it was removed from Google Maps so quickly. I am guessing management reported it closed and Google somehow confirmed it.


    27 Jun 17 at 8:44 am

  246. From what I see, two new Pelican's Snowballs are being built- the Decker and Main St locations.


    27 Jun 17 at 8:09 pm

  247. My guess is the Bojangles in Lexington will become another auto title loan business. The blue paint and quick turn around are very similar to what happened with the old Bojangles location by Lexington Medical Center when that Bojangles location built a new store and moved a couple of doors down.

    James R.

    28 Jun 17 at 11:33 am

  248. Ignore my last post about Nestle closing up. They switched over to a combined Nestle Toll House/Planet Smoothie store.


    29 Jun 17 at 9:48 am

  249. The State paper is asking for people's 'memories of Main Street'. We certainly have shared many here. They request that you e-mail them to Salley McInerney (

    John R

    29 Jun 17 at 2:25 pm

  250. The 5 Guys on Columbiana Drive is re-opening on Saturday July 1st at 11:00am according to a sign I saw today.


    1 Jul 17 at 12:44 am

  251. ^^ I can confirm that Five Guys at Columbiana Crossing is back in business (and does have the Freestyle so you can get your favorite Freestyle beverage with your burger and large fries)...


    2 Jul 17 at 12:56 pm

  252. ^^^ Double ditto and triple confirmed. Five Guys on Columbiana is back. I just had lunch there. They have two Freestyle Coke machines and added milkshakes to the menu. The sign on the door says something to the effect the remodel went from 30 days to close to 90 days due to landlord requirements they hit during the project.


    4 Jul 17 at 3:08 pm

  253. Hot 4 Wings in Lexington, announced on their Facebook page that they would be closing near the end of the month due to "unexpected personal medical issues". Shame to see this place go, they had a great selection of wing flavors and the only local restaurant, that I know of, that served Filipino food. I believe this is the same location as Wingnuts, which ted covered when they closed.


    8 Jul 17 at 11:11 pm

  254. I think I saw a 'For Lease' sign on the Long's Drugs beside the Food Lion near Lower Richland HS on Garner's Ferry.

    Also, I saw a 'For Sale' sign on Jed's, a popular local joint on Pineview between Garners Ferry and Shop Rd.


    10 Jul 17 at 9:29 am

  255. The State reported that Bob Brandi has sold the Pitt Stop Convenience Store Chain (34 stores) and 8 stand alone Burger Kings to a New York based convenience store company called Applegreen. Applegreen is the largest convenience store chain in Ireland according to The State. Details can be found at

    James R

    16 Jul 17 at 3:58 am

  256. The Motley Fool is reporting that Wells Fargo plans to close hundreds of branches by the end of the year to make the bank more "efficient."


    19 Jul 17 at 6:39 am

  257. With all of these companies going bankrupt and closing stores, I can't for the life of me see Killian Crossing being any more full than Village at Sandhills. Online retail has killed the box stores. I see the new buildings they have built in Killian Crossing and I'm thinking, who is going to occupy those buildings? Mattress Firm?

    Once again, instead of retail stores, I suggest a restaurant/bar/nightlife village with STRICT security. Restaurant / bar / nightlife is an experience that you can't get online. I wish I had the money and the contacts (of restaurant owners) to bring this together.


    19 Jul 17 at 9:05 am

  258. @Sidney - I was talking to an employee at Kroger in Irmo and asked him if the store was planning to move into the old Hemmingway's space next door as it has been rumored for months. He told me that Kroger had spent so much money on the Kroger Marketplace on Killian that they didn't have money to upgrade or expand the Irmo store. He also told me that Killian store was 'not meeting corporate expectations' and that the Irmo store was making a lot more that Killian.


    19 Jul 17 at 1:24 pm

  259. @Tom - they can close all of them for all I care. Next to BOA, the worst bank around....


    19 Jul 17 at 1:26 pm

  260. What I think is wrong with Corporate America now is that they are run by older men and women who can't or don't want to face the fact that online retail has taken over.


    19 Jul 17 at 7:46 pm

  261. @ Sidney, a far bigger and older problem is that Corporate America is looking for the fast buck, while Corporate Japan and Corporate China look at long term goals.


    19 Jul 17 at 8:00 pm

  262. @Sidney - that all depends on the line of business. Retail, sure. But there are other businesses that are trying too hard to get rid of the knowledgeable older employees while manning the place with kids that have a lot of 'book learning' and they have no clue what it actually takes to get the job done.


    19 Jul 17 at 11:51 pm

  263. Quarter-capitalism makes long-term goal planning all but impossible. Shareholders want results now, and three months from now, and three months after that, and if they don't get them, they can collectively find corporate leadership who will. Shifting to online sales is a massive undertaking for a company that's established in brick-and-mortar, and simply put, most companies are unwilling and/or incapable of investing the time, money, and corporate culture change that's required. If you're an exec who knows the shareholders will call for your head if you dump that kind of capital into a project that won't show results for over a year, you're going to be very hesitant to take that plunge.


    20 Jul 17 at 12:22 pm

  264. My biggest issue with corporate America is their willingness to compromise ethics for the almighty frontline employees aren't appreciated the way they need to be...

    Online retail has undoubetedly revolutionized the way many shop but there are still certain folks (not all of them are baby boom/WWII generation) that prefer to go to the actual store. Plus there are certain things that it seems more preferable.

    Not only that, some people actually prefer to run to the bank vs. banking on their phone...I may be a millennial but I refuse to bank on my phone (I prefer running checks to the bank and plus it's an excuse (on some days) to get out of the house)...

    Many here older than me remember stores like Brendle's, Woolworth, Jackson Camera, Colonial Stores and Big Star grocery fading off...I can say I've seen stores like JB White, hhgregg, Circuit City, Hancock Fabrics, Piece Goods Shop, Phar Mor (like most of you have) fade off...businesses have to adapt to changing marketplace conditions and some do better than others and it does result in some fading off into the sunset so that's likely happening with some of these bankruptcies but in due time other stores are liable come along (some of which aren't household names yet)...


    20 Jul 17 at 11:15 pm

  265. The Sunshine House day care on St Andrews Rd is closed. It sits off the road, sort of behind the Thai restaurant across from Aldi, so its not easy to see from the road. But i had business at the Vet next door yesterday morning and had to go back there and it was pretty obviously closed. It looked like the place had been closed for awhile, all the bushes in front were all pretty overgrown.

    It was a little surprising and sad, because just after we were married the fabulous Mrs IrmoJeff worked there for awhile.


    21 Jul 17 at 7:18 am

  266. There is an article in Free Times about Varsity Billiards reopening. It was reopened by the owner of Al-Amir. The thing is that they are not serving any alcohol so I wonder how many people are going to play pool when they can't buy a beer.

    Matt Aslin

    21 Jul 17 at 9:42 am

  267. The Sonic on North Main Street closed on Friday.


    23 Jul 17 at 7:10 pm

  268. And they say North Main is making a comeback...


    25 Jul 17 at 9:51 am

  269. North Main Street is likely making a comeback indeed.

    Sonic has been closing locations for several years.


    25 Jul 17 at 11:44 am

  270. I have heard supermarket Publix has purchased property at the southeast quadrant of Platt Springs Road and South Lake Drive in Lexington County for a new store.


    25 Jul 17 at 11:46 am

  271. If you didn't know, The Skyline closed about 6 weeks ago (open since the 60's I believe) The owner, Janice Gardner passed away yesterday.

    The Skyline Club 100 Lee St West Columbia, South Carolina


    27 Jul 17 at 9:30 am

  272. I went to Columbiana today and noticed that the Burger King is still temporarily closed. It has to be at least a month or close to it since my last excursion to the mall and it was closed then. Not sure if they're planning on remodeling or what but thought I'd report the temporary closing regardless.

    p.s. Took a few pics after politely declining samples from the nearby eatery.


    27 Jul 17 at 5:26 pm

  273. All of the Burger Kings, Pitt Stops etc.. in Columbia were sold last month when Bob Brandi sold out to Getty Realty Corp. of Jericho/

    Getty Realty Corp. is a publicly traded real estate investment trust that owns 736 properties and leases 87 properties in 24 states, the release said.

    The purchase is a partnership with Applegreen, the largest convenience store and gasoline station operator in Ireland. Applegreen U.S. is headquartered in Long Island, N.Y., where the company also operates stores.

    Applegreen, which operates 232 convenience stores and gasoline stations in Ireland, will lease the Columbia area stores from Getty.


    27 Jul 17 at 9:26 pm

  274. I didn't think the BK at Columbiana was owned by Brandi. I looked on their webpage and that location is not listed, I don't know if this is because it has closed was not part of the Bob Brandi company.


    28 Jul 17 at 1:08 pm

  275. There are also a few BKs on Ft Jackson


    28 Jul 17 at 9:00 pm

  276. The West Columbia McDonald's on Sunset/Chris Drive is temporarily closed as of 8/4 for some pretty aggressive renovations.


    4 Aug 17 at 8:44 am

  277. Ted, where did ya go? Spammers are invading.


    4 Aug 17 at 12:10 pm

  278. p1440824_tn2_tn.jpg


    4 Aug 17 at 1:55 pm

  279. In the public shopping center on 378 in Lexington, just drove by and see that Hot4Wings has closed and has a for sale sign in the window. I think this had been a wing place before, and once was Osaka, and a few other things. ...
    Anyway, it is closed


    5 Aug 17 at 6:13 pm

  280. Public shopping center??


    5 Aug 17 at 6:17 pm

  281. Sorry. Auto correct. Publix.


    5 Aug 17 at 9:37 pm

  282. Just announced that as many as 160 IHOPs and Applebees will close nationally.


    10 Aug 17 at 5:34 pm

  283. Zacks reported today:

    Macy's, Kohl's and Dillard's all said Thursday that a key sales figure fell again in the latest quarter as customers increasingly shop online, at discount stores and elsewhere. Nordstrom, the outlier, saw those sales rise 1.7 percent overall and even more at its discount Nordstrom Rack unit.

    At Macy's the decrease wasn't as bad as Wall Street expected, and Kohl's managed to keep the decline to just 0.4 percent. But Macy's Inc. shares fell 10 percent, Kohl's Corp. fell nearly 6 percent and Dillard's Inc. dropped almost 16 percent after reporting a loss of $17.1 million.

    Joe Shlabotnik

    10 Aug 17 at 8:00 pm

  284. I like Applebee's pretty well for late night burgers, just wish I could get a baked potato. The Two Notch IHOP closes early, and every time I've been to the Assembly one over the last year I've had some kind of issue, so I'm giving IHOP some time off..


    11 Aug 17 at 12:24 am

  285. Has anyone tried Freddy's Steakburgers on Killian Road?

    Joe Shlabotnik

    11 Aug 17 at 3:28 pm

  286. Last time I went to Applebees on onleil ct it was the worst food and drink I have ever had. I swear they had washed my beer glass in the toilet and the food was awful. No wonder they went under.


    11 Aug 17 at 6:20 pm

  287. Freddy's is really good, it's been a regular stop for a couple of months now. It's less greasy than Five Guys, and more substantial than Smashburger.

    The Freddy's on Sunset across from Lexington Medical opened up on...Wednesday? One day this week.


    11 Aug 17 at 9:56 pm

  288. How are the fries?


    12 Aug 17 at 12:13 am

  289. I like 'em. They're the tiny-cut fries like Smashburger, but I've never gotten less than a metric ton of them for a serving. And you can get chili and cheese and onions piled on top if you're into that but they're just dandy with nothing on them but salt.


    12 Aug 17 at 3:39 pm

  290. I wasn't too impressed with Freddy's...I plan on trying the one near LMC but the Killian one the patties were the thinnest I've had (like thinner than pancakes I've had)...I can't remember but I feel like the fries were on the skinny side as well...


    12 Aug 17 at 7:15 pm

  291. I agree with John. I was glad to see the Applebee's on O'neil Ct. close. The last time I ate there the food was terrible. And to top it off they had rap music playing over the sound system. Give me a break!!

    On the flip side the one at Columbiana Centre id still very good. Picked up a couple of steaks the other night and they were cooked perfectly. But, like Ted, I wish they had backed potatoes.


    14 Aug 17 at 12:30 am

  292. The State is reporting that House of Fabrics at 1312 Main Street is moving.


    14 Aug 17 at 6:59 am

  293. Last time I went to Applebee's O'neil Ct, me and my 17 year old son went for lunch. The bartender said he couldn't sit at the bar. She proceeded to tell me it is a State law. I told her that was not true. She said well, it's an Applebee's policy. I told her that was also not true because we do it all the time at the Spring Valley location. She then said, well, it's our policy here. At that point, me and my son just walked out and went to the one near Spring Valley and sat at the bar.


    14 Aug 17 at 9:19 am

  294. I looked at the property transfers on The State this morning. There are a couple that I thought were interesting.

    7467 St. Andrews Road 29063 - $16 million
    This is the Kroger shopping center in Irmo

    5571 Sunset Boulevard 29072 - $3.6 million
    This appears to be the IHOP in Lexington

    The only large property in Richland county was one of the main st office buildings.


    14 Aug 17 at 11:28 am

  295. My hypothesis on the Kroger sale is that the commercial real estate firm that owned Irmo Village is divesting themselves of that property...

    The loopnet page on the Lexington IHOP reveals that it still has 10 years left on its lease so something along those lines must be going on there as well (but with the recent announcement of plans to close a bunch of IHOPs and Applebees it remains to be seen how it all pans out...


    14 Aug 17 at 8:45 pm

  296. Noticed on my way to Costco the other day that the Microtel on Piney Grove has been rebranded a Super 8. Both Microtel and Super 8 are under the Wyndham hotel umbrella of brands.

    I also noticed the Value Place Extended Stay Hotel at US 1 and I20 is now a WoodSpring Suites. It appears WoodSpring bought Value Place. If you look at Google Maps Street view you can see the old signage and logo, which was very unappealing and typical of extended stay hotel chains. If you then go to the WoodSpring Suites website and look at the Lexington location, you can see pictures of the new exterior. Much brighter and more aesthetically pleasing to look at.

    James R

    17 Aug 17 at 10:16 pm

  297. Sunset Tax Service (in front of Shooter's Choice on 378 in West Columbia) has closed and there is a for rent sign in front.


    18 Aug 17 at 10:09 pm

  298. A friend of mine told me that he heard that the Carmike Cenemas on Afton Ct. had been bought out by AMC. Anyone heard anything about this??


    22 Aug 17 at 4:46 pm

  299. Cinemas even. If I could type I'd be dangerous...


    22 Aug 17 at 4:46 pm

  300. I've seen some movies that could have shown in a Cenema..

    But yes, I noticed that two weekends ago when I went to see Valerian that the sign out on Columbiana still said Carmike but that everything else, and the policy trailer, were now AMC. Don't know if they have changed the roadside sign yet.


    22 Aug 17 at 11:46 pm

  301. Rick checking in. Been a while. I still check out the comments from time to time but find most comments to be...
    @Homer - who don't know you can't type?
    I went to a sinama a few weeks ago. It was okay. Regal sinermas at Richland Mall, probably one of my favorites. Spent close to $60.00 bucks after tickets, large pop corns, drinks and candy. Saw Dunkirk first weekend it came out. Dunkirk, directed by Christopher Nolan. Nolan has directed some very good movies and he did not let us down on this one. The movie is complex. We really never get to know the characters as in a traditional film and viewers are thrown right into the middle of the battle / evacuation. This is a war film but not a blood and guts movie. I recommend all see it with an open mind. A open bottle before going doesn't hurt.
    Just be sure to take a C-Note if four or more go. Two of us went for close to 60 bucks. They didn't even check to see if we had tickets as we passed the point of no return in the semana.


    24 Aug 17 at 7:03 pm

  302. Helping Hands plant nursery on Broad River near Ballentine is for sale. It's next to the large San Jose restaurant.

    Mike R.

    24 Aug 17 at 9:09 pm

  303. AMC purchased Carmike a while back and are in the process of rebranding them as AMC Amazing, AMC Classic, or AMC Dine-In theaters. The one on Afton is an AMC Classic, which appears to be the bottom tier of the rebranding options.

    A little confused though because that Carmike and the Columbiana Grande up the road used to always have different movies with no overlap. Now they basically show the same stuff.


    25 Aug 17 at 9:40 am

  304. @Rick - wondered if you were still lurking around.

    I went to see Wonder Woman a couple of Sundays ago at the Carmike. The matinee ticket, medium popcorn and large drink was $20.00. Just reminded me why I don't go to the movies that often.....


    25 Aug 17 at 8:16 pm

  305. Sort of like the 67 premium channels I have. They overlap like crazy and show the same junk over and over. As soon as my year is up I'm dumping them all (if I can).


    25 Aug 17 at 8:18 pm

  306. The Columbia Star is reporting that Bates House and Bates West and two other USC dorms will be torn down and replaced.

    Joe Shlabotnik

    26 Aug 17 at 12:52 am

  307. I appears that the Blue Coyote bar near the US 76/US176 fork in Ballentine has closed. Drove by on the way home Friday evening, and the place was dark. This was before midnight, and it's usually open later than that when I pass by.

    Mike R.

    26 Aug 17 at 1:13 am

  308. On the subject of the old Carmike theater... since it's rebranding I've noticed two things. First, they don't show as many Bollywood films. Second, they have reduced their price for the early shows. It used to be $6.50 now it's $5.24 like the Dutch Square AMC.

    On another note, the Cola. Grande on Bower Pkwy now has full size recliner seats. And I think they got a new AC system. It was almost too cold last time I went.

    John R

    26 Aug 17 at 2:08 pm

  309. The Cinemark at Coastal Grand mall has full electric recliners with footrests and assigned seating. It's quite nice.

    RIchland Mall Regal has seemed a bit dowdy to me lately though the picture quality is ok. I do like the Regal policy trailer with the monorail. I remember the old Regal at Inlet Square (before it was Frank's). It seems like they seldom had actual ticket takers inside. I wonder how many teens over the years skipped over to the 'R' shows, or just didn't buy a ticket at all?


    26 Aug 17 at 2:33 pm

  310. I'm going to have to check out the Columbiana Grande. I haven't been there since they installed reclining seats. But knowing me, I'd fall asleep during the movie.


    26 Aug 17 at 2:38 pm

  311. @Rick - no one checked my ticket at Carmike either. I could have wandered to any theater I wanted to.


    26 Aug 17 at 2:40 pm

  312. At Carmike there was one girl at the ticket window, one at the concession stand and no ushers to be seen anywhere.....

    BTW - has anyone been to the discount theaters on St. Andrews Rd. since they went user new ownership/management?


    26 Aug 17 at 2:42 pm

  313. @Homer - Let me make what I was saying perfectly clear for all. We purchased tickets and then went to the concession stand. Afterwards when we moved to the cinema area where there would normally be someone checking to see that we had tickets, take the tickets and drop the tickets into a slot into the little stand they have there, thus allowing us into the main hallway where all the theaters are, there was no one.

    We could have walked in, as crowded as it was, skipped purchasing a ticket, bought our snacks and walked right into any theater we would have wanted to.


    27 Aug 17 at 11:32 am

  314. @Rick That's not unusual at all anymore. The Regal at Sandhills is where I usually go and once you go past the ticket taker just inside the door, you're free to go wherever. I've never had anymore stop me and ask for tickets in the past six or seven years. The profit for theaters is in the concessions, not the tickets, so as long as you're in the door I doubt they're concerned with which movie you're seeing as long as you're not under 17.


    28 Aug 17 at 9:09 am

  315. Not sure if anyone reported this or not. The self serve car wash on Hardscrabble Rd kinda across from the Waffle House was torn down. Rode by there yesterday and saw it was completely gone.


    30 Aug 17 at 10:31 am

  316. Apocalypse Comics on Columbiana Dr., down from Five Guys posted on Facebook today that is was closing after Labor Day. Their message seemed to implied that they lost their lease.


    30 Aug 17 at 8:41 pm

  317. Noticed on my way home from campus that Republic Finance at 1605 Fairlane Drive (Sunset Blvd and Fairlane next to Saffron and Frank's Tire) appears to have closed. Their sign had been removed from the building and there is some sort of notice posted on the door.

    James R

    30 Aug 17 at 10:33 pm

  318. Republic Finance has moved its office to: 1116 Nashville Hwy, Suite 107, Columbia, TN 38401


    31 Aug 17 at 5:53 pm

  319. This may have already been pointed out here but I heard that the Inn at Clausen's is closed.


    5 Sep 17 at 7:26 am

  320. I got 2 closings that I saw Saturday.

    Farm Bureau office on Two Notch Rd (near the entrance to Spring Valley subdivision)

    Maleo's in Columbia Place Mall Food Court.

    Columbia Place Mall Food Court is down to 3 restaurants now. Sarku, a Chinese place and a place that sells philly cheese steaks.


    5 Sep 17 at 12:28 pm

  321. @Justin - according to there was a fire at Claussen's. Haven't heard the extent of the damage.


    5 Sep 17 at 6:07 pm

  322. On top of this, we have a shuttered Meineke across from the Big Lots end of Seven Oaks Shopping Center on St. Andrews and now today I noticed that the Off Broadway Shoe Warehouse at Harbison Court is closed...


    5 Sep 17 at 7:40 pm

  323. @Homer, do you have a link for that? The only reference I see on coladaily is from 2015..


    6 Sep 17 at 12:20 am

  324. @ted - my bad. I didn't even look at the date on the byline. God, getting old sux!!!!


    6 Sep 17 at 4:57 pm

  325. Sign by the door at Krakenpub on Rosewood says 'Reopening Soon'. Any info?

    Midnight Rambler

    6 Sep 17 at 5:18 pm

  326. @Homer, that is the sad and sorry truth!

    Of course I didn't even know there was an Inn there, so you're one up on me.


    6 Sep 17 at 11:33 pm

  327. @ted - It was a nice place. I spent several nights there when I went to b-day parties and such in 5-Points.


    7 Sep 17 at 5:56 pm

  328. @Ted, Homer - Also being reported on Colatoday is that Finleaf Gallery on Devine St is closing after 17 years.


    8 Sep 17 at 7:50 am

  329. My wife was in palmetto subs about 2 weeks ago. On 378 next to antai, that used to be the Cajun place, and a yogurt shop. Apparently the owner of the sub shop used to own the Cajun place. He told my wife that they were actually going to be closing the restaurant. I just drove by and the lights were out it's a Friday at 5 p.m. I guess it's closed that location doesn't seem to be very good for a restaurant as it's been several already


    8 Sep 17 at 5:17 pm

  330. That whole plaza that @Brian mentioned is a nightmare to get out of. I'll subject myself to that for Momma Rabbit's but not for a standard-issue sub shop.


    9 Sep 17 at 10:55 am

  331. Reading about all the closings. For some reason I started thinking about the games we played as kids before video, cell phones, computers, etc. We played Army in my neighborhood. All the kids would get together and run around shooting each other with our toy guns. Boy.. that's not politically correct theses days. Simon Says, Hide and go seek, Even though It was on the sissy side we played jump rope and hop scotch. We made skate boards out of steel wheel roller skates attaching them to a board, we built go carts that had no motor but just rolled down a hill. When the Big Wheel came out, the kid that had one of those was cool. Rode our bikes around all day long and camped out with our buddies on the weekends during summer. We'd stay awake all night wondering around the neighborhood. We knew where all the fruit trees were, plum, apple and cranberry trees, blackberry bushes. We would hit them up for an energizing snack. We would go by the girls houses that we thought were pretty hoping they might be out as we were. Never happened, we would walk for miles to get to one of their houses. Never saw one out but the excitement on the way there was great . Now days kids get excited about a cell phone, they have no idea what fun is.


    9 Sep 17 at 6:57 pm

  332. @ted - I just sent you some pictures of the Meineke that Andrew mentioned several days ago. I also sent some pictures of another closing in Irmo.


    9 Sep 17 at 11:02 pm

  333. I drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry.

    If it keeps on rainin' the levee's goin' to break
    When the levee breaks I'll have no place to stay.
    Mean old levee taught me to weep and moan...


    10 Sep 17 at 3:14 pm

  334. I was an ugly baby, the doctor told my mother when I was born, "I did every thing I could, He pulled through anyway."

    And my wife, is she fat, whenever she wears high heels she strikes oil. I took her fishing and everyone asked me what I used for bait. I gave her a hickey and got fur in my mouth. Boy is she ugly. We decided to only smoke after sex, she's up to three packs a day, me? I've had the same pack since 2001. And boy does she love to scream during sex, especially when I walk in on her. And my kid's their no price either, My daughter has gained a nickname of Fed Ex, when ever she goes to a boys house, she absolutely has to be there over night. She's been picked up so many times she starting to grow handles. I tried to tell my son about the birds and the bees, he told me about my wife and the butcher.


    10 Sep 17 at 3:24 pm

  335. Thanks, Rick!!


    10 Sep 17 at 4:16 pm

  336. Today The State reported that Devine Foods in Shandon is closing indicating that it will be in November as the owner is 78½ as he's grown too old to work (a typical case of an owner ready/needing to retire with no one to pass the torch on down to)...


    13 Sep 17 at 11:32 am

  337. A news crew in Florida asked a lady how many churches in her town had the doors open when hurricane Irma hit, she said she didn't know, she eats at Popeye's.


    13 Sep 17 at 2:39 pm

  338. @Rick - do you need an agent? I can pimp you out to comedy clubs.....


    13 Sep 17 at 4:56 pm

  339. @Homer - Thanks, I'll be here all week. Try the fried mushrooms.


    13 Sep 17 at 5:33 pm

  340. I used to eat at Devine Foods on Friday, or Saturday nights. That is the only days of the week when Angelo would cook his "Shrimp Athena". The Greek potatoes were awesome, but you had to get them shortly after the kitchen opened of dinner as they would sell out very fast. One batch for the night, that's all.


    14 Sep 17 at 12:28 pm

  341. I've seen a sign near the new Hobby Lobby in Lexington indicating that Tuesday Morning is coming soon. Lexington already has a Tuesday Morning in the Food Lion Shopping Center at US 378 and North Lake Drive. Does anyone know if this store is moving? Surely, Lexington is not big enough for two Tuesday Mornings.

    James R

    15 Sep 17 at 9:46 pm

  342. The Little Gym in Lexington has closed. I am not sure how long ago. I noticed it when I picked up a rental car from Hertz recently. The address was 5347 Sunset Blvd. Ted did a post on another location of the Little Gym moving in 2014.

    James R

    15 Sep 17 at 10:22 pm

  343. I understand JP 4Corners on Forum Drive has closed. The last time I went by there the dining room was empty.


    17 Sep 17 at 1:04 pm

  344. My son worked at Arizona's before they changed the name to JP 4 Corners. Food wasn't that great for the price. I went there mostly to drink (my daily alcoholic days). I really think an Outback Steakhouse would do GREAT at this location.


    17 Sep 17 at 10:49 pm

  345. Just read where Toys R Us may be filing for bankruptcy in both the United States and the UK in the next couple of weeks. Not surprised. I have always thought Toys R Us' prices were too high. At the same time, this is the last of the large chain toy stores. I remember when Children's Palace and KB Toys went out of business.

    James R

    18 Sep 17 at 3:25 pm

  346. Toys R Us had a location on Two Notch Road in front of Columbia Place Mall that closed and featured here (now home to Virginia College) but the one at Harbison & Columbiana is still going strong and while I remember the Harbison one from my childhood I can count on one hand the number of times I set foot in it (even dating back to those days)...

    I also meant to mention that I looked at the shopping complex James R referenced on Tuesday Morning but didn't find any signage indicating a new store but if it was I'd be willing to bet that it was a move as they just did in moving to Harbison Court while leaving St. Andrews Center (former Clusters of Whitehall)...the Lexington one was originally a CVS before they built the nearby standalone store in front of The Home Depot....


    18 Sep 17 at 5:09 pm

  347. The church may be taking down the old Hawthorne Pharmacy building at Bull and Taylor. There is a large piece of equipment behind the building.


    21 Sep 17 at 1:21 am

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