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Written by ted on January 2nd, 2018

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  1. The Vegetable Medley on Oak Dr in Lexington has closed after many years. According to the sign on the door. The closure is because of "tax issues'. And that the restaurant will return.


    1 Jan 18 at 6:59 pm

  2. Well, it's a little late but...Happy New Year!!!!


    2 Jan 18 at 12:00 am

  3. Left comment on Chickadee's Diner closing page, but will repeat here and hope Ted sees it. New Marshall St location is "closed for remodeling". Don't know how long since this is first time I have been by in about two months, but saw this 01/03/18.

    BTW, the old bowling alley on Broad River Rd (can't remember the name even though I bowled there in a league for about 4 years) has a "SOLD" tag on the big for-sale sign in front, but no other details.


    3 Jan 18 at 4:56 pm

  4. The bowling alley on Broad River was Brunswick. Had so much fun Midnight Bowling when I was in my late teens to early 20's (early 90's). I miss it before it got so bad that you had to pay to get in. You got a credit towards bowling with the entrance fee. It kept the rift-raft in the parking lot.


    3 Jan 18 at 9:43 pm

  5. Hey Ted, how do your ads work? Are they pay-per-click? I have always had an ad blocker on so I didn't know you had ads until I read the Free Times article. If your ads are pay-per-click, I will click on them everyday from home and work if it helps you. I'm the regulars here will do the same.

    I remember having websites in the late 90's and early 2000's with ads and I was making over $300 a month just from ads. I had all my friends and family members clicking on my ads everyday. I even won a contest ($500) in 1998 that sent the most traffic to the website

    Let us know how we can help. I'm sure if its as easy as clicking a ton of folks here will do it for you.


    3 Jan 18 at 9:49 pm

  6. @gofinsc -- I have a master page where I see all comments as they come in regardless of whether I happen to visit the page where they are left. I'll try to get by there.

    @Sidney -- It's standard Google AdSense ads. I rarely see them myself as I usually have Javascript turned off, and that's all it takes to suppress them. I think it's done on a per-click basis, but they claim to have some way to tell if people are gaming them, so only click if you see something that interests you. (Generally they will be based on your browsing history).


    3 Jan 18 at 10:42 pm

  7. Hey, I don't know if you want to go this far, but the long-time KC's Hotdogs cart, a staple of downtown Columbia, has ceased operations. Looks like he didn't want to play by the city's rules anymore (failure to pay H-taxes, conflicts over his set-up, etc.).

    Justin S

    9 Jan 18 at 10:14 am

  8. It appears the Goodwill next to Kmart in Lexington will be moving soon. Constractors have cleared a lot next to Riley drugs less than a quarter of a mile away that says a Goodwill will be built there.

    This is not surprising. The Lexington Barber Shop already mvoed out (now located next to Lowe's Foods across from Lexington HS) and with the demise of Sears / Kmart, it is only a matter of time before this entire shopping plaza is empty. No, the Kmart isn't on the closing list yet, but it will end up there eventually. What I want to know is with everything else already gone, will the raze the building when Kmart closes?

    James R

    9 Jan 18 at 2:39 pm

  9. Sears/Kmart has announced another round of closings and none are in SC so I think it's premature to talk about what will happen with a store that is still currently operating...


    9 Jan 18 at 5:35 pm

  10. Having said that, if the Kmart there does close, a lot of what happens depends on who winds up taking over the space and what their preferences are...


    9 Jan 18 at 6:55 pm

  11. @Andrew,

    Premature? Maybe. Yes, they are still operating, but Sears / Kmart is not going to survive. The company's debt is too high for the remaining stores to earn enough profit to pay down that debt. Closing stores is not reducing the debt. It may reduce the rate at which the debt accumulates, but it is not enough to save the company.

    I believe it was on this site in late 2014 or early 2015 that I read all Columbia area Kmarts (Lexington included) were to be closed by the end of 2015. Obviously, that rumor did not turn out to be true, but regardless, it is only a matter of time.

    James R

    10 Jan 18 at 2:47 am

  12. This is only a rumor that I heard from my wife.

    I thought I would mention it only because it has to do with Richland Mall.

    The rumor was that Publix is planning to open a Super Publix to compete with the Lowes grocery store that is building in the old BiLo/PW on Forest Drive. It would also pull customers from Kroger. Publix would leave the store in Trenholm Plaza and the new store should help the congestion in the Trenholm Plaza parking lot.

    I'm not sure when this will be announced (or if it is even true).


    10 Jan 18 at 11:41 am

  13. The Super Publix would be located somewhere in Richland Mall. (I should have included that).


    10 Jan 18 at 11:42 am

  14. I wonder if Goodwill is doing this as part of a corporate policy of having their stores in independent locations and not in strip malls. All of the stores they have opened around here recently (378 and Red Bank) have been built from the ground up.


    10 Jan 18 at 3:04 pm

  15. Curious as to if anyone would know where the original location of Jeffers -McGill appliances war before they moved to the old Landmark Square on Garners Ferry?

    Del Bazemore

    10 Jan 18 at 6:45 pm

  16. meant to say "WAS"...not "War".

    Del Bazemore

    10 Jan 18 at 6:45 pm

  17. Del, I do know that Jeffers McGill was in Cedar Terrace before moving to Landmark Square (which is still officially Landmark Square)...

    As for Goodwill, I'll say that I have noticed what others have said about Goodwill moving into 'independent' locations as opposed to shopping center/strip mall type stores. I've noticed that Family Dollar and Dollar General are gravitating towards independent locations and I think Goodwill is doing likewise...more than likely it's a shift in business strategy more than anything else.

    I don't see Publix as one trying the 'Super' Publix concept as (based on what I've seen/read) Publix doesn't have that type of store unless it's some type of prototype or pilot project I'm unaware of. I think it's more likey for a portion of Richland Mall to be torn down and a Kroger Marketplace store built before a Publix superstore built. Even if Publix were to move out of Trenholm Plaza, I doubt that it would alleviate congestion much because there is so much more to be had as I see there being several more anchor tenants (such as Stein Mart, The Fresh Market and there are others you could make a case for I'm sure) and even if Publix moved out, it's liable that someone would be filling their old space in short order because that's the type of demand Trenholm Plaza has...


    10 Jan 18 at 7:41 pm

  18. According to their website, Jeffers McGill started in 1961. I found articles from the 1960s showing them at 2900 Devine Street. That spot appears to be occupied by a Benjamin Moore store, now. By the early 70s, they were in Cedar Terrace, but I haven't been able to determine exactly when they moved.


    11 Jan 18 at 12:20 pm

  19. Due to higher wages for Walmart employees around the US, 63 Sam's Club locations will be closed (25 already are closed). It was even rumored more are closing, and our Harbison, Forest Drive, and Sandhills locations may be in the mix. (More likely the Forest Drive location, because it looks like it isn't thriving as much anymore)


    11 Jan 18 at 6:23 pm

  20. I have found this list of closing Sam's locations per what Toby mentioned and as it currently stands, none of the impacted clubs are in South Carolina...


    11 Jan 18 at 7:19 pm

  21. Haverty's Furniture on Two Notch near Columbia Mall is closing and it is rumored by The State paper that Burlington Coat Factory and Macy's are both closing the anchor stores at Columbia Mall.


    12 Jan 18 at 10:40 pm

  22. So I found this article speculating to the future of MattressFirm and wondering if the 13 Columbia locations (among others) are going to close up shop...

    Haverty's just completed a move from Colonial Village on Colonial Life Blvd onto Harbison and I wouldn't be surprised if they have something similar in mind but idk whare it'd go....

    Burlington currently has a store under construction in the Village at Sandhill...I consequently wouldn't be surprised if the store at Columbia Place Mall goes dark when Sandhill's opens.

    Macy's in general isn't in the greatest of shape according to reports I'm aware of but it was recently noted that while Macy's did announce 7 closings, none of them are in SC...


    12 Jan 18 at 11:31 pm

  23. Macy's has been sponsoring their Thanksgiving parade since 1924. I suppose as long as a TV network can sell advertising it will carry on, though I would not be surprised of a name change. Amazon's Thanksgiving Parade just doesn't have that ring to it.

    Joe Shlabotnik

    13 Jan 18 at 3:27 am

  24. Not only that, Amazon's Thanksgiving Day parade doesn't have the tradition and people are liable to still call it the Macy's Thanksviging Day parade much like many still refer to what is now Columbia Place by its former name of Columbia Mall (or many did that with USAir when it was US Airways (though it's now merged into American))...


    13 Jan 18 at 8:09 pm

  25. Who actually watches the parades on TV? I have never watched one for more than 10 minutes. And that includes the Christmas Carillon Parade, Rose Bowl, Macy's, etc. They are just super BORING to me.

    I wouldn't be surprised if Haverty's moves into the old HH Gregg in Sandhills.


    14 Jan 18 at 12:00 am

  26. Haverty's could very well occupy the old Food Lion or the old Piggly Wiggly at the corner of Hardscrabble and Clemson.


    14 Jan 18 at 12:01 am

  27. Heard a rumor that Amazon is looking at buying up Target.


    15 Jan 18 at 9:56 am

  28. @Mike,

    I believe Burlington is moving to Sandhills. I saw a new construction at Sandhills that said something about Burlington Coat Factory opening there.

    James R

    15 Jan 18 at 10:41 pm

  29. I have read articles of speculation of Publix Super Markets replacing Publix #597 (Trenholm Plaza).

    Additional Publix stores should open. Garner's Ferry Road is speculated as a future store location. Publix opening a store in Sumter is gaining traction.


    16 Jan 18 at 11:54 am

  30. Well.I'm back again. Forgot how much of a pain it was getting a new computer up and running. Finding license keys and such after 10 years, software that will not run and other gotchas. Think I've got it 90% done....


    16 Jan 18 at 7:24 pm

  31. Burlington does have a ground up store under construction in the Village at Sandhill (per recent discussions here) remains to be seen whether it'll mean a 3rd Burlington in the Columbia market or if Columbia Place Mall's store will go dark upon the completion thereof.

    I've seen it noted that Publix has a new store under construction in Red Bank which they've been looking at for several years. When they were building their Hendrix Crossing store they looked at either that one or one in Red Bank and they ultimately decided to build the Hendrix Crossing store and now it appears as if Red Bank is getting a Publix after all. I have a vision of Newberry getting a Publix as well. It's hard to know where the Garners Ferry area Publix would go.

    Not only is Red Bank getting a Publix but also I've read they're getting an Aldi.


    16 Jan 18 at 8:58 pm

  32. Publix #1637, Lake Crossing, should open in the fall.


    17 Jan 18 at 11:16 am

  33. In regards to Publix's speculated Garner's Ferry Road location, I have heard mention of a location near Pineview Drive/Hallbrook Drive.

    BI-LO #5065, Garner's Ferry Commons, 7830 Garner's Ferry Road, Columbia, South Caorlina 29209-3957, could be a potential Publix store location. Southeastern Grocers, parent company of BI-LO, may be in the position to divest stores with its debt problem. Publix has acquired BI-LO stores in the past.


    17 Jan 18 at 11:24 am

  34. Publix coming to Newberry would be an improvement in the grocery competition. Supermarkets Food Lion and Harvey's fail in comparison to hypermarket Walmart Supercenter.

    Beyond Newberry and Sumter, I look for Publix to enter smaller cities and larger towns across South Carolina like Conway, Florence, Gaffney, Laurens, Moncks Corner, Orangeburg, Pickens, Seneca, and Walterboro.


    17 Jan 18 at 11:30 am

  35. @ted - I guess you need to add Platinum Plus. That's one strip joint Leon won't have to shut down. I'm sure RCSD will do their best to make sure it never reopens.


    17 Jan 18 at 11:33 pm

  36. I was at Frank’s Discount Tire in Lexington. Apparently, Frank’s has sold out and Frank’s will no longer exist after May 2018. The new company is called Tire Engineers. Sad to see another local company sell out to a national brand. I am going to miss those corny Frank’s radio commercials.

    James R.

    19 Jan 18 at 2:14 pm

  37. Construction of a new Burlington in the Village at Sandhill has been discussed here in recent weeks...and I've just discovered a report in The State that Burlington's store in Columbia Place Mall is closing on Feb. 16


    19 Jan 18 at 9:51 pm

  38. The closure is another development in the evolution of the mall.

    That's one way to put it.


    19 Jan 18 at 11:37 pm

  39. Noticed yesterday that former the bar-b-q place/360 Sports bar on Bush Riv er Rd and I-26 was being demolished.


    20 Jan 18 at 6:41 am

  40. The State is getting a little ridiculous with their conviction that The Finlay Park Fountain Is Running

    (fixed link)


    20 Jan 18 at 12:31 pm

  41. The KFC in Irmo at the Kroger shopping center is being remodeled. Currently only the drive-thru is open.


    21 Jan 18 at 6:49 am

  42. @ted - not only the State. If you notice WIS or WLTX, whenever they show the fountain during weather forecasts it's always running.


    21 Jan 18 at 2:33 pm

  43. Saw an article that said that one of Richland Counties plans for Columbia Mall is to take residence up in the anchor stores. No mention of the rest of the mall. Still full of junky shops I guess.


    21 Jan 18 at 2:40 pm

  44. Ted I'm curious...when you listed "The Findlay Park Fountain is Running" it looked like (to me) that you had an article in mind to link but there was none that comes up so I find myself wondering was there one you were referencing??


    21 Jan 18 at 3:20 pm

  45. ted

    21 Jan 18 at 5:29 pm

  46. I went by Platinum Plus today to maybe take some pictures. Aside from the yellow caution tape it looked about the same from the road. Didn't want to run the risk of someone catching me 'crossing the line'.


    21 Jan 18 at 11:41 pm

  47. I'm just waiting for Burlington to close at Dutch Square Mall. That should kill that old Mall completely I would think. I'm surprised Office Depot is still there as slow as they are. The only reason Columbiana Mall is doing good is because of Location, Location, Location. Some stores along Harbison are gone, but most are still doing right well for the time being.

    Del Bazemore

    22 Jan 18 at 12:53 am

  48. I think too that it's just a matter of time before Columbia Mall is torn down and gone for good. I'm surprised that the old Kmart stores is still standing over that way too.

    Del Bazemore

    22 Jan 18 at 12:56 am

  49. meant to say STORE..not STORES.

    Del Bazemore

    22 Jan 18 at 12:57 am

  50. This morning I noticed that Hendley Rug Shop that was on Taylor St between the train crossing and Gregg St has been demolished.


    22 Jan 18 at 10:08 am

  51. Does anyone remember The Station, a 1970s restaurant across from Dutch Square? It stood on the corner of Bush River and Colonial, later site of Sounds Familiar. I recall it being my favorite as a young child and was disappointed when it closed (burned?). Seems like they served crunchy bread sticks and had a net strung from the second floor balcony. I’d love to see a picture if there is one out there anywhere.


    22 Jan 18 at 10:58 pm

  52. Yes, I remember The Station restaurant. It was one of my regular lunch spots 40 years ago. They had a western motif for their decor. Wagon wheels on the wall. That sort of thing. But my favorite thing was their lasagna. I haven't had any as good as theirs since then.
    Then they just vanished. I don't recall anything about a fire.

    John R

    23 Jan 18 at 8:43 am

  53. It looks like Harbison's Toys R Us location is on the list of those to be closed over the next few months (as CNBC reports this morning).


    24 Jan 18 at 7:20 am

  54. This is actually pretty old, but the Intertape Polymer plant, formerly known as Anchor Continental at the intersection of Beltline and Shop moved to Blythewood a few years ago. There are signs up now advertising the property. About 10 or so years ago, there was a boiler explosion there that could be heard for several miles. I know I did!


    24 Jan 18 at 10:27 am

  55. The WIS report I found indicated that Harbison Court's Babies R Us location will be the one closing as part of the restructuring (bear in mind that Babies R Us and Toys R Us are under the same corporate umbrella)...


    24 Jan 18 at 1:51 pm

  56. Furthermore, this report yields that the only one in South Carolina has an address of 254 Harbison Blvd. which matches up with Harbison Court. The Toys R Us has an an address of 140 Columbiana Drive.

    This will mean 3 bigger spots in Harbison Court that are vacant between the vacancies left by closing both Off Broadway Shoe Warehouse & GolfSmith (both of which have already featured here) and now Babies R Us.


    24 Jan 18 at 1:57 pm

  57. I was cleaning out a house earlier. I found a very old business card for the Rendezvous Cafe. Which was located at 2379 Gervais St. Also, a very strange phone number or something I'm not familiar with printed on it. Phone Al. 6-9549
    Anyone remember this place or know about the phone number??


    24 Jan 18 at 6:28 pm

  58. Arthur - the AL stood for ALpine, or the telephone exchange that served that phone number. AL corresponded to 25 so the phone number was 256-9549. The only other exchange I remember as a kid was SUnset or 78. I don't recall what others may have been but there had to be more as Lexington always had the 35 prefix and Chapin the 34.


    24 Jan 18 at 9:24 pm

  59. @badger- I remember when that boiler explosion happened. I worked in a warehouse off of Leesburg at the time (2004?), and when the explosion happened, it shook the walls of the building and made the lights flicker. My coworkers and I had no idea what it was, until we saw the news the next morning. This was tight before smartphones came around. We had to wait for the “regular” news.


    25 Jan 18 at 5:26 am

  60. “right” before....


    25 Jan 18 at 5:26 am

  61. This a great site Ted for all up to date closings no matter the significance, but here is a wonderful Facebook page to compliment this site called You may be from Columbia if you remember....
    It's for any of you are more nostalgic for places that defined your era in Columbia if you grew up there in the 20th century.
    Kinda more of what I was wanting Columbia Closings versus the any closings. Style....Keep on Rockin' though Ted.
    Oh, it has great photos of the some old establishments people post.


    25 Jan 18 at 10:51 am

  62. It appars to me as if the Nathan's Famous place in Ballentine (SC 6 & US 76) has closed. Prior to this it was a Brandi, Inc. Burger King which moved out to 11048 Broad River Road when that Pitt Stop was built...

    Nathan's was the follow up to the original BK and the address was 1311 Dutch Fork Road in Ballentine per Google Maps (and Yelp)...


    6 Feb 18 at 7:57 pm

  63. I just saw this yesterday! The McDonald's on Forest Dr. has been torn down and the store is being re-built from the ground up and scheduled to re-open in April! Pictures coming soon!

    Patricia R. Lewis

    7 Feb 18 at 12:19 pm

  64. The liquor store on Leesburg Rd next to the Food Lion is now closed and has been cleared up inside and new shelving has been put up! Perhaps another type of discount store but Dollar General is on the corner on the property!

    Patricia R. Lewis

    7 Feb 18 at 12:22 pm

  65. Holiday Inn Northeast Columbia 8105 Two Notch Road is renovating. They are currently between brands and simply known as Columbia Northeast Hotel. After the renovations, they will rebrand under the Marriott umbrella.


    7 Feb 18 at 10:43 pm

  66. The Chinese restaurant on Marshall Road (across the street from Kimbrell's) closed a few weeks ago, and now is a wing place. Also, a lot of places down on Broad River Rd has closed, I just can't put my finger on it right now.


    15 Feb 18 at 4:27 pm

  67. There are several reports of Southeastern Grocers, parent of BI-LO, Fresco y Más, Harvey's, and Winn-Dixie, filing for bankruptcy in March and closing approximately 200 stores.


    18 Feb 18 at 9:03 am

  68. Liquidation signs have been installed on the Babies R Us at Harbison Court...


    18 Feb 18 at 3:15 pm

  69. If I am not mistaken, Bee Healthy Medical Weight Loss in Lexington has closed. According to their Facebook page, it appears they may have merged with the new Bee Healthy that opened on Lake Murray Blvd. in Irmo. I do not know their exact address in Lexington, but they were near the Starbucks on 378.

    Additionally, while in Lizard's Thicket at Park Road and 378 I overheard one of the waitresses telling another customer that the location will be closed temporarily for renovations. The waitress indicated the renovations would not be as extensive as the one on Elmwood and that they were only expected to be closed for a couple of weeks. I do not know exactly when they will close, however.

    James R

    22 Feb 18 at 11:07 pm

  70. Noticed the Red Barn Kennel next to the old Dooley's Bait and Tackle shop on 378 in Lexington has closed. I am not a pet person, so this would not have been on my radar. I only noticed it while taking my son to school this morning.

    The business' Facebook page is still up with lots of positive reviews, but the last review appears to be about 10 months ago. The website listed on the Facebook page takes you to a "domain for sale" website.

    James R

    27 Feb 18 at 9:05 am

  71. 1508-10 Taylor Street building is slated to be razed to make room for the Church of the Apostles expansion.

    Frank Mancuso

    1 Mar 18 at 8:55 pm

  72. @ Frank,

    I think the building has already been razed. If it is the building I am thinking of, I noticed it gone a couple of days ago.

    James R

    2 Mar 18 at 12:32 am

  73. It appears the AllState Insurance agent (Farrell Insurance Agency) on Corley Mill Road next to Subway has either closed or moved. This is the little three unit strip mall on Corley Mill near 378 and I-20.

    I also noticed the Cricket store in the TopSpin Plaza has a "For Rent" sign on it. I was not aware that Cricket still existed. Unless this is something different with the same name.

    James R

    2 Mar 18 at 12:40 am

  74. Looks like Harbison is getting a water enthusiast dream store per The State.


    2 Mar 18 at 12:07 pm

  75. Hello, I don't think you ever wrote about Silver City closing (comic book store on Knox Abbott Drive). The decoration and name are still up, and there is no sign that indicates the building is for sale or lease.

    Andreas Herzog

    3 Mar 18 at 5:36 am

  76. BI-LO #5558, Twin City Crossing, 249 West Columbia Avenue, Batesburg, South Carolina 29006-2117, is speculated to close. Its nearby grocery competition includes hypermarket Walmart Supercenter #4420, Town Center Crossing, 115 East Church Street, Leesville, South Carolina 29070-7595; and supermarket KJ's Market IGA, 217 West Columbia Avenue, Batesburg, South Carolina 29006-2117.


    3 Mar 18 at 11:20 am

  77. ^^ The Walmart on Knight's list opened the same day as Walmart #4379 (1326 Bush River Road)


    3 Mar 18 at 11:49 am

  78. When I drove downtown today, it looked like the Stepping Stones Thrift Store at 1916 Augusta Road, West Columbia had vacated their building. Whether they moved or closed, I do not know.

    James R

    3 Mar 18 at 8:15 pm

  79. Stepping Stones is moving to N. Main @ Frye Rd.

    Frank Mancuso

    3 Mar 18 at 9:14 pm

  80. Andrew:

    Walmart Supercenter #4420 has done well to be obliterating BI-LO #5558.

    Also in speculation for Batesburg-Leesville is a Publix supermarket.


    3 Mar 18 at 11:26 pm

  81. Tijuana Flats has closed it's doors. Someone told me yesterday was their last day. Also, in the Walmart shopping center on Forest Drive, the barbershop, The Patriot is no longer open. Signs are all gone. Don't know when they closed, I just rode by there this morning and saw it was gone.


    5 Mar 18 at 10:50 am

  82. Sidney, is the Tijuana Flats in Jacskon Square (across the street from where the the Walmart/Sam's anchored Jackson Square is)??


    5 Mar 18 at 6:47 pm

  83. It appears Moriarty's, the follow on to Wild Hare, etc. 902B Gervais has closed. Lights off, locked doors and tables laid down as barriers to keep the homeless off the porch...


    6 Mar 18 at 1:40 pm

  84. Re: Moriarty's - FB posting says "Maintenance Stuff going on this wek (March 4th)"


    6 Mar 18 at 1:42 pm

  85. Andrew, yes, and I see Ted already posted it.


    6 Mar 18 at 9:24 pm

  86. Guys - There's a good article today on Cola Today that details the history of many of the buildings in Five Points..a good read.


    8 Mar 18 at 7:27 am

  87. The Fresh Market has decided not to open their Lexington location...

    it seems like a waste to say as such because of how far along they are in the construction process...


    8 Mar 18 at 11:10 am

  88. That ColaToday article had some good data but the hipster-doofus writing style got old pretty quick.

    Joe Shlabotnik

    9 Mar 18 at 3:29 am

  89. There is a saturation of grocery stores around that area in Lexington, but I was REALLY looking forward to The Fresh Market. DARN!!!!


    9 Mar 18 at 9:46 am

  90. What I don’t understand about the Lexington Fresh Market is why they’d all of a sudden abandon it when it appears to me as if the shell of the building is complete (or close to it)...I know there’s a FB group trying to get one in Irmo and sadly this doesn’t leave hope for that one to get the wheels going...


    9 Mar 18 at 1:02 pm

  91. Two other Church's locations that I know of (Broad River, N Main) are closed. Also, a seafood market/restaurant location on Beltline (near JD Byrider) is another seafood restaurant named "Sy's" or something.


    11 Mar 18 at 3:36 pm

  92. WOW...that leaves the only Church's Chicken left on Two Notch near Columbia Place Mall...again, something else I hope Homer and Rick don't lament too terribly much...


    11 Mar 18 at 3:46 pm

  93. Well folks I found this article indicating that Hair Doodles is closing at 1568 Sunnyside Drive but the owner is opening in a hair place on Covenant Road...


    11 Mar 18 at 8:36 pm

  94. Folks, Lidl is scheduled to open on April 5 in Lexington...


    12 Mar 18 at 11:28 pm

  95. @Andrew - one more to go......


    12 Mar 18 at 11:29 pm

  96. I thought Ted had done a closing on the Celebrations Banquet Hall on Sunset Blvd, but I cannot find it. Anyway, I noticed a sign going up on the building that seemed to indicate a granite and marble business is opening in that location.

    James R

    13 Mar 18 at 5:25 pm

  97. Firenza Pizza on Bower Parkway appears to have closed. This is one of those fast-fired pizza joints. They opened a location in Lexington, so maybe this is considered a move.

    James R

    13 Mar 18 at 5:29 pm

  98. I LOVE THIS SITE!!! Thank u so much for the wonderful history, stories and pictures. I love everything about it. Good job to all. Have a wonderful day!


    15 Mar 18 at 12:27 am

  99. HOLD UP!!! I searched your listings for "The Crate" and didn't find it. The Crate was an urban store like Citi Trends that occupied space in Landmark Square down Garners Ferry and then I remember it moved inside Richland Mall for awhile and left there, but you know what. The Crate at Landmark square probably left before you started this site...I didn't think about that.. :(


    15 Mar 18 at 10:58 am

  100. And also the Crate I believe went out of business as well.


    15 Mar 18 at 10:59 am

  101. @Aaqqa, glad you like the site! I did to a post on The Crate on Two Notch, but there are definitely going to be tons of stuff that never feature here -- I'm just one guy driving around and taking pictures in my spare time.

    That said, you can check out an alphabetical list here.


    15 Mar 18 at 2:14 pm

  102. Looks like some of the rumors about Bi-lo are coming true. They announced today that are closing at least 19 stores in SC. Here is a story from the Post and Courier out of Charleston:

    Other news outlets are saying that the total number is close to 100 total.


    15 Mar 18 at 6:01 pm

  103. @ED -- wow, here we go again. And would it have killed any of the news outlets to actually link to the closing list?

    It's here

    This is the list of SC stores:

    Store Number Banner Address City State
    5277 BI-LO 1706 E. Greenville St. Anderson SC
    5748 BI-LO 3386 Railroad Ave Bamberg SC
    5808 BI-LO 10560 Dunbarton Blvd Barnwell SC
    5539 BI-LO 501 Old Greenville Hwy Clemson SC
    1672 Harveys 3315-B Broad River Rd. Columbia SC
    1676 Harveys 2230 Decker Blvd. Columbia SC
    1678 Harveys 3900-B. N. Main Street Columbia SC
    5273 BI-LO 1818 Woodruff Rd. Greenville SC
    1681 Harveys 714 Bypass 25 Ne Greenwood SC
    5749 BI-LO 9616 Hwy 78 Ladson SC
    5410 BI-LO 774 South Shelmore Blvd Mount Pleasant SC
    5747 BI-LO 208 E. Mcintyre St. Mullins SC
    1677 Harveys 1937 Wilson Road Newberry SC
    5266 BI-LO 4391 Dorchester Rd North Charleston SC
    5419 BI-LO 115 Rochester Hwy. Seneca SC
    5519 BI-LO 140 Fernwood Dr. Spartanburg SC
    5753 BI-LO 615 Harry C Raysor Dr S St Matthews SC
    5296 BI-LO 1452 Boone Hill Road Summerville SC
    5805 BI-LO 2587 Jefferson Davis Hwy Warrenville SC


    15 Mar 18 at 7:58 pm

  104. I find it interesting that the Harvey's stores are listed. They just spent a bunch of money converting those not too long ago. I find it equally interesting that the store out 378 in Lexington that used to be a Piggly Wiggly is not on the list.

    James R

    15 Mar 18 at 8:28 pm

  105. The Epicurean by Al-Amir on Main Street is currently closed for remodeling. Not sure how long it is supposed to last. The sign just said it was closed today, but it was written in such a way that the sign could be set out every day until the remodeling is done.

    Additionally, my wife and I noticed the Daufuskeys Gullah Bistro and Piano Bar on Main Street was not open today. Normally they open at 11 AM. I do see an active post on their Facebook page for Thursday night's All-You-Can-Eat Seafood. Does anyone know if they have changed their hours?

    James R

    15 Mar 18 at 8:36 pm

  106. WIS listed 5 midlands stores in their report regarding Southeastern Grocers's plans to close underperforming stores.

    As noted, Columbia's 3 Harvey's locations are going to be closing.

    I never went in any of them after they became Bi-Lo but I did set foot in them at least once while they were still Bi-Lo and over the years I got so where I felt like they were kinda dated...the Widewater Square Bi-Lo (3315 Broad River Road) it seemed like the neighborhood demographics left a lot to be desired.

    When the 3 Bi-Los became Harvey's, both the Decker & Widewater Square (3315 Broad River Road) featured here but the N Main one didn' we have to prepare for the 3 Harvey's stores to feature here (in due course) as closing as part of the bankruptcy Southeastern Grocers is undergoing (same goes for the Babies R Us at Harbison Court).


    15 Mar 18 at 9:24 pm

  107. reading James R's comment prompted me to check and it looke like Harvey's overhaul was done in 2016...only for Southeastern Grocers to close them less than 2 years later. As James pointed out they did undergo the cost of rebranding only to close about 2 years later...

    It's just like the Food Lion that used to be Richardson Plaza (543 St. Andrews Road) was remodeled in 2009 only to close in 2013 (but KJ's Market IGA came less than a year later and still has 95%+ of the former Food Lion decor)...

    On another lovely note, Garners Ferry's Walmart will be out of commission for the next several days (at least) due to a fire...


    16 Mar 18 at 12:07 am

  108. So now Harvey is an invisible grocery chain that nobody believes in..


    16 Mar 18 at 1:57 am

  109. “We will continue to thrive with 582 successful stores in operation and will continue to deliver a store experience our associates, customers and communities can count on.
    The story for our company and for our iconic, heritage banners is still being written. As part of this transformational process, our three-year plan will create stunning, remodeled stores in a significant portion of our footprint."

    Corporate speak at its finest.

    Joe Shlabotnik

    16 Mar 18 at 3:29 am

  110. The largest radio company in the United States has filed for bankruptcy.

    iHeartMedia (formerly Clear Channel) has filed for bankruptcy protection in order to try and secure some relief from an excess of $20 billion in debt on its balance sheets.

    "The agreement we announced today is a significant accomplishment," iHeartMedia CEO Bob Pittman is quoted as describing the move, which will reportedly clear more than half of that staggering sum. "It allows us to definitively address the more than $20 billion in debt that has burdened our capital structure."

    Joe Shlabotnik

    16 Mar 18 at 4:07 am

  111. I went to a Harvey's once. What they led you believe it was in their advertising and what it really was were two totally different things. I never went back.


    16 Mar 18 at 6:43 am

  112. ted - Thanks for posting the whole list, I looked several places last night and couldn't find the whole list for SC, not sure why they want to make it so hard.


    16 Mar 18 at 8:39 am

  113. There is an article in The State (so far I can only find it in the print edition) indicating that the children's theater at Richland Mall will be moving to Cayce..


    17 Mar 18 at 10:14 pm

  114. Has anyone heard what's going on with Richland Mall and if and when it's going to be torn down, or at least some of it? I read where the Columbia Childrens Theater is moving sometime soon and going towards the Cayce/West Columbia side of town. Wish the original Mall had been left alone and maybe remodeled some to make it more "todays" look, but keep the retro 60's style.


    21 Mar 18 at 12:19 am

  115. @Del, The only thing that is happening is that the Children's Theater will be moving to Cayce before much longer...

    I've heard that differnet offices have taken over portions of the mall (making me wonder if perhaps more of the mall is headed in that direction)...

    It has been indicated here that a large portion of the mall is owned by a company out of Arizona and it appears to em as if said company has been reluctant to address many of the maintenance needs of the mall...leading me to think that if that's how they are going to be that they need to divest themselves of such property...


    21 Mar 18 at 2:13 pm

  116. I had heard at one time, that it was gonna be torn down except for Belks and a small portion of either the right or left side would be left. But who knows. I know that Mall is falling apart on the inside and in that garage too. I wonder why the Children's Theater is moving out after they moved from upstairs to downstairs and spent all that money in their new place, and now they have to raise money again to move? I wonder about what they were thinking to begin with. Only time will tell what happens with Richland Mall.


    22 Mar 18 at 7:23 pm

  117. With Toys-R-Us closing and going out of business, wasnt there some kind of fight between them and Tons-O-Toys back in the 1980's, and Toys R Us won out and forced the others out or something like that? I dont remember now with it being over 30 years ago.


    22 Mar 18 at 10:47 pm

  118. James R.

    24 Mar 18 at 9:01 am

  119. The liquor store attached to Costco has closed. According The the attendant at the entrance of Costco who checks you Costco meme nerd hip, the store closed at the beginning of the year. I wonder if it did not do enough business because of Green’s being so close.

    James R.

    24 Mar 18 at 3:33 pm

  120. Wow! That autocorrect did a poor job. Supposed to be membership card not meme nerd hip. Don’t know why I even try typing on my phone.

    James R.

    24 Mar 18 at 4:19 pm

  121. Anyone know what is going on with the former Piggly Wiggly store on Garners Ferry Road across from Lowes? I see a lot of activity going on and obviously something is getting ready to open there.
    As for that, what is going on with the old Dicks Flamingo / Parklane Seafood store on Leesburg Road. Some one has been remodeling the building, put in new doors, paved the parking lot, etc.


    24 Mar 18 at 9:02 pm

  122. Homer - How are you doing? Retired Yet? Sailing around the world?


    24 Mar 18 at 9:05 pm

  123. Rick I can't speak to the Parklane Seafood building but I can refer you to the 7451 Garners Ferry Road Piggly Wiggly page for details I mentioned there regarding the future of that building...


    24 Mar 18 at 9:59 pm

  124. Noticed yesterday there was a blank sign at 424 Old Cherokee Road in Lexington. The land has a gravel parking lot and a dirt area with pipes coming out of the ground indicating a building had sat there some time. The building is gone and the best that I can tell from Google Satellite is that a company called Laser House Engraving used to sit here. Superpages lists the address as Bamastone Corporation, and the South Carolina Department of Insurance indicates Sabal Financial Services was here. Apparently, the building had at least 5 suites. Anyone know what happened tot he building. It does not look like it burned. Seems more like the building was relocated.

    James R

    25 Mar 18 at 2:08 pm

  125. Today a have a side note to report: CAE officals have announced that American Airlines is doubling seats to DFW this summer.

    Currently the route was served my 76 seat Embraer 175 aircraft but in June 7 they'll go to 140 seat S80s...this is the most exciting news CAE has been able to report in a long time...


    29 Mar 18 at 9:51 pm

  126. I went to Richland Mall recently and the only life there I saw was in Belks and Barnes & Noble. And yes, the interior was looking run down.


    30 Mar 18 at 11:35 am

  127. Happy Birthday to me, Happy birthday to Mee, Happy Birthday to Meee, Happy birthday to meeee.. April fool's baby. I've heard all the jokes so see if you can come up with a new one.


    31 Mar 18 at 7:05 pm

  128. This year it's about the fact that what people typically see as April Fool's Day is Easter Sunday...


    31 Mar 18 at 10:57 pm

  129. It appears to me that the Aaron's location on 12th street (1105 according to Google Maps) has closed up shop...


    2 Apr 18 at 4:07 pm

  130. I could be mistaken, but it appeared the Cupcake shop in the old Piggly Wiggly Plaza on Lake Murray Blvd. has claosed. I remember a while back someone mentioning this store and hoping the could hang on, but not being sure that was possible.

    James R

    3 Apr 18 at 12:09 am

  131. Anyone around here old enough (other than me) that remembers a toy/hobby? store that used to be right up the road from and above the old Zayre's store called "C Mart". It would have been the late 60's..1968 or before I think. I wonder when it closed? I think the building is still there though. What year did the Leisure Time Hobby/Toy Store at Columbia Mall close also.?


    3 Apr 18 at 5:57 pm

  132. This isn't a closing but Tiffany's Bakery will be moving to what used to be the parking lot of what used to be the Movies At Polo on Two Notch.


    4 Apr 18 at 4:15 pm

  133. Family Medical Centers of South Carolina is closing all their locations by the end of May. One of their locations, Midtown Family Medicine, is on Gregg Street near the Bullstreet development.


    7 Apr 18 at 2:35 pm

  134. Any ideas as to what's gonna happen with Columbia Mall? Is Sears now gone away 100%? There was a shoot out/shooting there just recently wasnt there? Seems that Mall has been nothing but trouble since it opened. It was bad enough when I worked there from 1985-1990. With Sears gone, what's there anymore worth the time? The only Mall doing anything now is Columbiana, but that's due to location.


    16 Apr 18 at 11:38 pm

  135. There is a somewhat secretive plan by County council to buy up all the anchors (including Macy's if they can) for county offices.

    This is the last I have seen about it.


    17 Apr 18 at 12:22 am

  136. Macy's is the only remaining anchor spot at Columbia Place Mall...there are some shops in the mall itself that are still humming along but I think (based on what others have mentioned) that the numbers continue to dwindle and as I've said before I don't see a major shift considering the neighborhood reputation of Columbia Place Mall...


    17 Apr 18 at 5:54 pm

  137. That place needs to be razed..and gotten rid of..but knowing Columbia or Dentsville or whoever is over the place, it'll sit there til it falls apart.. Dutch Square I think is on its last legs too isnt it? Seems I've seen some more vacant stores towards the front of the place in recent times. Malls are a 70's or 80's things..but Columbiana is still doing right well so far. I worked at Columbiana Mall for 3 years at Musicland..wouldnt do it again though.


    17 Apr 18 at 8:42 pm

  138. Rumor is that Chili's on Harbison will be closing this weekend. Don't have anything to back this up but that is what someone said they were told today when they ate there at lunch.


    18 Apr 18 at 5:12 pm

  139. When I worked at Outlet Point, many years ago, Hammricks took over one wing and all of the stores in that wing moved to a different part of the mall. I don't see why they couldn't do that with Columbia Mall, move all retail so it's near Macy's and then close the rest of the space down or use it for office space or whatever.


    18 Apr 18 at 5:16 pm

  140. As I recall the stores in Outlet Pointe Mall started closing up (don't remember too many names) and what happened is that

    What would likely happen with Columbia Place Mall in the scenario ED describes is that a large portion of spaces that are vacant would be walled off and made into office suites...I remember seeing proposals to make portions of Dutch Square into some sort of offices as well...


    18 Apr 18 at 6:16 pm

  141. Dutch Square Mall was a hot spot from 1970 through the mid 1980's? I guess..but as time went on, it started to die down, and now you see what's there. Malls are an "am-was" thing of the 70's.. The only exception to the Dead Mall's is Columbia Mall, but that's because of location, location, location. The old Whites/Belk building at Dutch Square Mall is a HUGE store on the inside from what I remember, so no tellin' what's gonna happen to that part of the Mall..


    20 Apr 18 at 1:48 pm

  142. Meant to say " COLUMBIANA MALL" is the only exception to the Dead Mall rule..


    20 Apr 18 at 1:49 pm

  143. Planet Fitness is finishing a move into a portion of the former Belk at Dutch Square..but still about 2/3 of the old Belk will still be vacant and plus Phillips Edison’s divesture Of Dutch Square has diminished the hope I had for Dutch Square as the Food court welcomed The Crab Shak, Chef T Takeout and Mano’s Express but it remains to see what becomes of the mall as Wes Bolick Bedrooms has closed and West Marine moved to Columbiana Station into a space that originally housed Dress Barn and Shoe Carnival (though neither one of those two has featured here).


    20 Apr 18 at 2:10 pm

  144. Chili's on Harbison is closing - last day is April 22nd - according to the waitstaff.

    Randy Langston

    20 Apr 18 at 2:29 pm

  145. The owners of one of the zombie malls here in Atlanta are razing it and going with popular live/work/play model that is everywhere around here. I would love to see that happen to Richland Mall and it would work with Dutch Square due to it's proximity to downtown.
    The problem is that no one wants to wants to invest the kind of money needed to do it properly in the Columbia market.
    I believe Richland county just bought all but the Macy's anchor stores at Columbia Mall, so razing it isn't in the cards right now.


    23 Apr 18 at 11:30 am

  146. WISTV ran a report confirming the closure of Chili's at Harbison Court but encouraing folks to check out the other restaurants on Two Notch Road, Camden, Sumter and Lexington...


    23 Apr 18 at 3:52 pm

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