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Have Your Say Archive [1 Janurary 2018 - 31 December 2018]   524 comments

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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

  147. I can confirm the Chili's at Harbison is history. This morning there was a semi out front and several moving vans around the side of the building, and most of the signage was gone. They have wasted no time.

    Jodie Peeler

    24 Apr 18 at 2:01 pm

  148. Subway has announced that they will be closing 500 restaurants in the US.


    25 Apr 18 at 6:58 pm

  149. Not a closing but Bi-Lo is selling four stores in SC to Food Lion, on of them in Columbia:

    1241 38th Avenue N., Myrtle Beach, S.C. 29577
    1610 Highway 17 S, Surfside Beach, S.C. 29575
    500 Pamlico Hwy, Florence, S.C. 29501
    9003 Two Notch Road, Columbia, S.C. 29223


    27 Apr 18 at 3:08 pm

  150. ^^ I remember wondering when the Super Bi-Lo opened in the Village at Sandhill in 2005 if the Bi-Lo at Spring Valley Commons would close at that point...there was an article in The State recently talking about how the Super Bi-Lo had been recently remodeled and speaking about the festivites for it and everything...

    This will also mean that Two Notch Road will have 3 Food Lion locations...


    27 Apr 18 at 6:07 pm

  151. What is the scoop on Hollys Hot Dogs in West Columbia -1955 Augusta Rd. Closed? Possibly one of the most impressive fast food signs in Columbia


    28 Apr 18 at 10:43 pm

  152. Bye Bye Bohemian.....5 pts staple closing it's doors per The State...


    30 Apr 18 at 12:36 pm

  153. @ED -- I know those Grand Strand stores very well, and consider them to be pretty good locations (which explains, I suppose, why Food Lion is willing to buy them). It's kind of sad that Bi-Lo can't make a go of good locations. I suppose there could be non-store factors like not having enough stores left to really support their distribution centers or whatever.

    It doesn't augur well for the Litchfield Beach location.


    30 Apr 18 at 11:41 pm

  154. @ted, I agree about the Litchfield location, there is way too much competition in that area, between Food Lion, Publix, Lowes and Fresh Market it's going to be hard for Bi-Lo to compete. The only thing Bi-Lo has going for it is it's location since it is north of all of the other stores.

    I remember going to Litchfield, way back when, when the only two choices were IGA and the Red and White.


    1 May 18 at 10:12 am

  155. I Think There´s More...


    2 May 18 at 2:59 pm

  156. Man, I've been away so long this time that I feel like a new kid on the block!!


    2 May 18 at 11:45 pm

  157. When did Planet Fitness take over part of the old White's/Belk's store at Dutch Square Mall? Just noticed it last week. I wonder how long it'll last before it's gone too?


    3 May 18 at 5:12 pm

  158. The Gateway Academy Child Development Center in Lexington (5307 Sunset Blvd.) and in Irmo (450 Columbiana Drive) have both been renamed Cadence Academy. Gateway's website says nothing of the name change, but I did see the "seal of excellence" stated Gateways Academies were "Recognized as a Cadence Education School of Excellence". It almost sounds to me like "Cadence" was the parent company of Gateway and maybe the company that also developed the curriculum at Gateway.

    James R

    6 May 18 at 1:22 am

  159. The Gateway Academy on Sparkleberry has changed names as well.


    6 May 18 at 9:19 am

  160. On May 9, 2018 Red Bank will finally have their own Rush's...


    8 May 18 at 11:36 pm

  161. Shoe Dept in the Lexington Wal-mart shopping center has closed.

    James R.

    11 May 18 at 7:44 am

  162. Bi Lo at Two Notch and Rabon Roads appears to be closing. All sales final and 30% off groceries


    11 May 18 at 8:16 am

  163. It is my understanding that the Dollar Tree next to the Shoe Dept will be expanding into that space and adding coolers and refrigeration units.


    11 May 18 at 8:40 am

  164. It was mentioned a few weeks back that the Bi-Lo (Spring Valley Commons) thomas referenced is one of 4 in SC that would be becoming a Food Lion and I've consequently thought that it'll feautre here in the coming weeks as the transition unfolds...


    11 May 18 at 4:03 pm

  165. Today while downtown with my folks I noticed that the Washington Street Barber Shop (1122 Washington Street) has gone out of business after 30 years...


    12 May 18 at 5:57 pm

  166. The Barber Shop that Andrew mentions was originally on Hampton Street and the florist was next door. The buildings were demolished to construct the bank building which was originally First Union and is now Wells Fargo. They relocated to Washington Street. There was a grocery store behind there at the corner of Assembly and Hampton. Wayne Evans and his father operated the barber shop and his father died several years ago.


    14 May 18 at 11:12 am

  167. I see the Harbor Inn seafood restaurant in Lexington has been re-branded as Catch. Did The State paper have any news about this?

    John R

    15 May 18 at 8:15 am

  168. Can anyone recall if there was a IHOP on Airport BLVD next to that rundown motel, just off the eastbound exit ramp? I remember at one point that area was full of restaurants, especially late night breakfast types of places.

    Mr. Bill

    16 May 18 at 9:10 am

  169. Could the Don Pedro have been an IHOP?


    16 May 18 at 1:35 pm

  170. @Ted. No that whole complex was originally a Days in. In the early days of the chain Days Inn had a chalet looking gift shop/gas station/restaurant called Tasty World at their location.
    Here's a link for how they looked in their prime:


    17 May 18 at 1:28 pm

  171. Yesterday in The State it was noted that a new barbecue restaurant called Carolina Western Pub will be opening soon here (checked the Alphabetical list but it appears to me as if such place never featured here)...


    17 May 18 at 3:25 pm

  172. Andrew, that place was Empire Supper Club where the out of town (from Kentucky) guest was shot. And several other people were shot as well. I know Mark who is opening up this place. He owned Blue Tapas Bar and a pizza place on Polo Rd as well as Carolina Strip Club. He is a great guy and I know this place will be a hit. He is an upstanding business owner and I know this place will be around for a long time. Make sure you go and check it out and mention my name and maybe you can get a discount, lol.


    18 May 18 at 12:16 am

  173. @Tom -- Interesting. Once I was finally able to view the pinterest link (man they can be annoying..) that sign for Tasty World brought back memories. I know I've seen them before in bygone days, though I can't say where. Probably somewhere on 301 between here and Florida.


    18 May 18 at 12:22 am

  174. @Ted I know there was one on I-85 on the Charlotte side of Spartanburg.


    18 May 18 at 6:53 am

  175. To follow up with what Andrew mentioned about Carolina Western Pub coming to the Vista, The State also had a story that a Charleston BBQ restaurant will be coming to the old Harper's location in 5 Points, "Home Team BBQ".

    Zaxby's wanted to come to this location but they were met with opposition by neighbor groups and the 5 Points merchants.


    18 May 18 at 8:31 am

  176. @Ted The Old Applebee's In 245 O'Neil Court Can Be Chuck E. Cheeses


    18 May 18 at 10:24 am

  177. It appears Oak Table on Main Street is making some changes.

    Wonder how long they'll be "undergoing renovations"?

    Lone Wolf

    18 May 18 at 10:35 am

  178. The Mousetrap in Middleburg has a sign on its door (as of 05/19/2018) saying "Closed for Remodeling". Stay tuned....

    Midnight Rambler

    20 May 18 at 3:01 pm

  179. This past week in The State it was noted that Roof Jewelers was moving from their Two Notch Road near Columbia Place Mall to 5301 Forest Drive...


    20 May 18 at 10:33 pm

  180. The Jimmy Johns in 5 points has closed and it looks like it is permanent. Anyone know why it closed?


    21 May 18 at 6:00 am

  181. And The State is reporting today is the last day of business for Salsaritas in five points


    23 May 18 at 6:10 pm

  182. When a restaurant closes, what happens to all the equipment they had?

    A Friend

    27 May 18 at 12:18 am

  183. Closing Alert: The Needler, Main Street Lexington, closed the week after St. Pats.


    27 May 18 at 2:50 am

  184. What was the name of the restaurant across from the Lexington Hospital on 378 that closed a few months ago?

    Joe Shlabotnik

    28 May 18 at 9:23 pm

  185. @Joe -- You mean Atlanta Bread?


    29 May 18 at 11:11 pm

  186. Ted I Know That The New Building On The Old KNC Trading Spot, Respond Me Back


    30 May 18 at 6:58 pm

  187. OK Antionette, I'm listening..


    31 May 18 at 12:02 am

  188. Not sure if you folks subscribe to Colatoday but there's a good article this morning talking about old restaurants in Columbia. Some of which feature here but there were a few on there that I don't see in the alphabetical list.


    31 May 18 at 7:15 am

  189. Today's The State had a blurb indicating that Zpizza is closing their location at 650 Lincoln Street as of this Sunday (June 3) and are seeking a larger space...


    31 May 18 at 3:28 pm

  190. Sears Holdings announced today another round of Sears and K-Marts closings. I looked at the list to see if any in the Columbia area were affected but then realized there weren't any left in Columbia.

    Sears locations in Spartanburg and Anderson are on the list which will only leave a Sears in Greenville, Myrtle Beach and Rock Hill in SC.

    There are still a handful of "Sears Hometown Stores" in the state and looks like one Appliance Outlet but these can't last too much longer if the big Sears stores can't hang on.


    31 May 18 at 4:44 pm

  191. Excuse Me Justin, Andrew and ED, Arcording To The Maps The Old KNC Buliding Is Now Called Pentecostal Church, Respond Me Back, Ted


    31 May 18 at 5:58 pm

  192. Marks Mens Store was on Main Street from Oct 1963 until June 2017 a total of 54 years. It was first located at 1321 Main St and moved to the last location Jan 1981 which was at 1625 Main St. At closing it was the oldest mens store on Main St. I can send you pictures if you want.

    Allen Rivkin

    1 Jun 18 at 9:56 am

  193. The Rite Aid at Clemson and Longgreen is having one of those store liquidation sales. It doesn't include the prescriptions, which threw a wrench in my weekend plans.


    1 Jun 18 at 9:06 pm

  194. Ed, your mention of Sears in Spartanburg jogged my memory back to 1981. I had completed a couple of calls in NC and was headed home on I-26. A DJ was giving updates on the first space shuttle mission which was to land shortly.

    I pulled into the Westgate Mall parking lot and went to the 2nd level of the Sears store where they had all the TVs, and they were all tuned into the network coverage of the landing.

    There were a half dozen other guys (I guess they had left their wives to look at washing machines) and some floor salesmen gathered around all the 27" consoles watching the landing of STS-1. We all yelled and shook hands and high fived each other over the successful mission. Good times.

    It is a shame that the iconic Sears is passing away.

    Joe Shlabotnik

    2 Jun 18 at 4:01 am

  195. As Bob Dylan sang " for the times, they are a changin'"...Columbia has changed and will continue to do so. Old buildings and houses will be torn down in the name of "progress"..and some not for the better. I'm sure there are those that will argue that Columbia is better than it used to be, but change doesnt necessarily mean better. As the saying goes " If it aint broke, dont fix it". But Columbia has quite the reputation of tearing down all old things. Downtown quit being downtown in the 1980's when former Mayor Bob Coble changed everything..and it's never been the same. It's like trying to drive a Sherman Tank down a hallway it's so narrow now on Main's ridiculous.


    2 Jun 18 at 10:15 am

  196. Ted, You Didn't Respond Me Back I Said "According To The Maps The Old KNC Building Is Now Called Pentecostal Church" Resond Me Right Now!!!


    2 Jun 18 at 10:33 am

  197. @Antionette, I said I was listening, I sent you an email. Not sure what else I can do. I will get the KNC entry updated at some point.


    2 Jun 18 at 1:47 pm

  198. Some changes are easier to embrace than others...some stores disappear and people don't give them much thought and others people lament in for years after the store closes. This latest report on Sears closing another 72 stores has me thinking about how they keep closing round after round of stores and how I've been lamenting how I miss Kmart that used to be at Seven Oaks Shopping Center. We've discussed plenty of stores of past that people miss...JB White, Tapp's, Piggly Wiggly, Phar Mor, Blockbuster and many more. Plus I know there are people lamenting the loss of Toys R Us.

    But then again, there are tradeoffs. I'm not a big Walmart fan but I was happy to see the one at 1326 Bush River Road because it meant new life for a piece of property that had been abandoned for years leading into it and plus the Neighborhood market at 1355 Knox Abbott Drive lead to an intersection upgrade I was happy to see. Woodhill was also another nice overhaul (completed in 2004)

    Also of note: Today I noticed that Pier 1 Imports at Sparkleberry Square (10136 Two Notch Road) is closing and folks with liquidation signage were out and about...


    2 Jun 18 at 3:02 pm

  199. Speakeasy in 5 Points is gonzo. I’ll try to find the State article when I get home.

    Justin S.

    2 Jun 18 at 9:50 pm

  200. 200 Comments!


    3 Jun 18 at 9:55 am

  201. Tallulah's on Devine St is closed.


    5 Jun 18 at 7:09 am

  202. Decker Harvey's Signs Was Gone Can You Please Respond Me Back, Ted


    5 Jun 18 at 5:46 pm

  203. Antionette The Decker Harveys has featured here


    5 Jun 18 at 7:33 pm

  204. Antionette -- you may assume I read all comments posted to the site.


    5 Jun 18 at 11:59 pm

  205. Someone posted this previously: It appears Oak Table on Main Street is making some changes.
    Wonder how long they'll be "undergoing renovations"?

    Based on the article the Oak Table should be closed by now.

    The previous poster is apparently unaware of the reputation of Halls. This isn't a renovation by the current ownership. It has been sold to the owners of Halls Chophouse in Charleston, at one time a Yelp-rated Top 10 restaurant in the entire country. I ate the best steak I have ever had there last year. Their steak supplier is a highly-rated company in Chicago, and you can get the steaks dry-aged (highly recommended). The new place here will be rebranded a Halls Chophouse also. This is a big improvement to the upscale Columbia restaurant market. Will open October 15.


    6 Jun 18 at 11:07 am

  206. It was reported in a community Facebook group that TCBY in Lexington has closed for good.


    6 Jun 18 at 8:56 pm

  207. Wisteria hair salon in Sandhills has closed. Not sure when, but noticed the windows were papered over.


    7 Jun 18 at 10:42 am

  208. A two-fer for today, a closing and a (potential) opening...

    It looks like the HobbyTown in the North Pointe shopping center (Two Notch Road and Sparkleberry Lane, next to Publix) closed in mid-May and has apparently moved to the vacant Tuesday Morning location on St. Andrews. There has been some activity at the St. Andrews location, and it looks like there may be a Radio Control race track going in there, too...


    7 Jun 18 at 1:25 pm

  209. Ralph Broke The Internet


    7 Jun 18 at 3:39 pm

  210. The IHOP Name Is Now IHOB And B Is For Burgers So Now Sell Burger For Now On


    12 Jun 18 at 9:43 am

  211. The State is reporting that the Pier One on Two Notch will close at the end of July.


    12 Jun 18 at 1:01 pm

  212. It appears the IHOP to IHOb is a marketing ploy and most locations will remain IHOPs according to this article.

    James R

    13 Jun 18 at 11:24 am

  213. Based on my recent experiences, IHOP should work on being able to seat people, take their orders, cook their food and take their money on the way out before they try to take on anything new...


    13 Jun 18 at 11:24 pm

  214. Larry's Giant Subs in Lexington has closed. According to their Facebook page, their franchise agreement had ended and the franchiser wanted them to sign a 15 year agreement, which they were not prepared to do.


    14 Jun 18 at 9:11 am

  215. "The Jimmy Johns in 5 points has closed and it looks like it is permanent. Anyone know why it closed?"

    Not surprised given one of their drivers caused a big old car accident/pile up back in late March when they failed to yield pulling out down there on Devine/Harden, I was told the damages exceeded $10,000.


    14 Jun 18 at 10:04 pm

  216. The Rite Aid on the corner of Kennerly Rd and Broad River is going out of business


    21 Jun 18 at 3:45 pm

  217. Can You D9 bvb Hartsville Ones?


    24 Jun 18 at 2:32 pm

  218. I Mean Can You Do The Hartsville Ones?


    24 Jun 18 at 2:32 pm

  219. I can do the Hokey Pokey.


    25 Jun 18 at 7:42 pm

  220. @Rick -- Well, that's what it's all about.

    @Antionette -- Don't get to Hartsville much these days, but if either Yogi Bear or the theater ever close, I'll be on it (eventually..)


    25 Jun 18 at 7:49 pm

  221. There Was A Burger King In Hartsville That Was Closed Around July 2017 And They Moving Next To The Big Lots! Location, OK?


    26 Jun 18 at 12:16 am

  222. I'd like to see what you can dig up on the Tons O' Toys. It was a large toy store in 5 Points years ago.


    27 Jun 18 at 10:38 pm

  223. Was riding by the old Brunswick Bowling Lanes today on Broad River, and noticed there's some kind of work or something going on there. Are they tearing it down? or re-purposing it for something else? I know it's sat empty for quite a while now. I used to bowl there in the mid 70's through the mid 1980's.


    27 Jun 18 at 11:52 pm

  224. Does anyone know the history of, or when the old Star Lanes Bowling Alley closed and torn down? I know it sat on Assembly Street near the Coliseum in the late 60's and learned to bowl there..but curious as to what happened to it.


    27 Jun 18 at 11:56 pm

  225. I personally believe that Columbia (Place) Mall can have a second chance. The stores that are left there now aren't anything exciting, and that's a huge part of the problem, at least in my opinion. One store that seems to be popular nowadays that would work well in either the former Burlington or Steve and Barry's is 2nd and Charles. Every 2nd and Charles I've ever been to has been busy. It may be a long shot, but Belk could theoretically move back into their old location where Dillard's was. The only store I could think of to replace Sears would be Walmart, unfortunately. Then the food court could have places like Chipotle, Zoe's, Taco Bell, and Popeye's. I think malls could have a comeback. I've seen a lot of younger people taking interest in malls and mall culture. That is a good sign


    28 Jun 18 at 2:02 am

  226. Chipolte has announced it is closing over 50 locations nationwide.


    28 Jun 18 at 6:58 am

  227. Hey Ted, there was a Deluxe Cleaners next to Egg Roll Express and Cut 'N' Up barbershop at 1807 Decker Blvd. It is empty inside. No idea when it closed. I just saw it was empty the other day. Egg Roll Express is in one building and Deluxe Cleaners and Cut 'N Up is in the building next to it. The cleaners had a drive-thru, so it was on the corner of the building. You can see it on Google Maps.


    28 Jun 18 at 8:58 am

  228. Columbia Place Mall will never be any good anymore. Not with the youth of today. Seems like all they want to do is fight. Today's youth are so aggressive, especially in packs. The surrounding economy won't be able to support it.

    I like the idea of consolidating the county offices in there. It would be less trouble for the low income folks to get their benefits. Right now, they would have to go to the DSS office on Two Notch, the clinic at the admin building on Harden, and other places that I don't know about. 1 bus ride, 1 fare, which we foot most of the fare through the Penny Tax Program. The Food Court would be jumping again. The Food Court should only have local restaurants, no national chains, to help fuel the local economy. They could also put a farmer's market in there (local farmers only) that accepts EBT. They could have job fairs there consistently throughout the year. They could have job training. They already have a play area for the kids. All of this in 1 place. They could still have the stores in there that cater to the low income families. They could bring back the police substation for security. I think it's a great idea. I just think they threw a lot of fluff in the plan that made it just financially impossible to do. Seems to me, someone or some group of people were looking to pad their pockets with this deal.


    28 Jun 18 at 9:13 am

  229. Malls are dead. They're a thing of the past. The ONLY reason Columbiana Mall does well still, is because of its location. Columbia Mall never did do all that well from the get-go, and now it's a pointless place to go to. Dutch Square Mall's heyday was from 1970 through the late 80's..then it died too. People have gotten tired of Malls and all that walking you have to do to get where you wanna go. I cant see Malls being what they were ever again. I worked at Columbia Mall and Columbia Mall back in the 80's and early 90's, and I wouldnt do it again..too much walking and too many people to deal with. Retail wasnt and isnt a fun thing.


    28 Jun 18 at 11:03 am

  230. James

    28 Jun 18 at 3:05 pm

  231. Columbia mall was quite nice when it first opened.


    28 Jun 18 at 7:53 pm

  232. I agree. Columbia Mall was rather nice from the year it opened until around 1985 or so..when all the good stores were still there. But by the early 90's, it was dying..just like Dutch Square Mall. But I had heard that the rent at Columbia was really high, and that's why a lot of businesses left over the years. I worked at Columbia Mall from 1985 through 1990 before going to work at the NEW Columbiana Mall.


    29 Jun 18 at 1:34 am

  233. Can You Stop Talking About The Columbia Mall And I Taking About The Old Burger King Was Gone From Hartsville


    29 Jun 18 at 11:23 am

  234. The Rite Aid at Two Notch and Rabon is now closed.


    29 Jun 18 at 12:58 pm

  235. Del, I think it was more the mid to late 90's when Columbia Mall started to become a POS place to shop. I remember shopping there in 93, 94, 95. Dillards, Belk's, Victoria Secret's for the girlfriend, Foot Locker.

    The only reason I go now is for lunch at Sarku. But that's only about once every 3 months or so.


    29 Jun 18 at 1:03 pm

  236. I think that's about right for Columbia Mall. Not even the influx of customers from the closed Hartsville BK was able to keep it going.


    29 Jun 18 at 2:10 pm

  237. Hey there was a Burger King in Columbia Mall too. Too bad Ted couldn't do a closing on that one.

    But I guess he can't to all the closings EVERYWHERE, all the time.


    29 Jun 18 at 7:14 pm

  238. Across from the BK at Columbia mall there used to be a t-shirt place that would custom print just about anything on your shirt.


    29 Jun 18 at 8:46 pm

  239. Speaking of Columbia Mall..Burger King closed because it caught on Fire, and for whatever reasons, it was never rebuilt. I miss "Annabell's" that used to be on the back side near Sears at one time across from Burger King. Morrison's was in the Mall on the JC Penny side but towards the side entrance.


    30 Jun 18 at 1:09 pm

  240. Annabell's was a great date place.where else could you take a girl to eat in a dungeon!


    30 Jun 18 at 1:57 pm

  241. I only went there a couple of I dont remember it all that well now. Can anyone tell me what year did the old Drive-In Theater on Two Notch Rd that sat where Food Lion sits now? I thought it closed in 1981 or 1982, but could have been later than that. I dont remember the name of it now..they all sounded the same to me "Starlite", Twighlight, Skylite, ?? Any clue?


    30 Jun 18 at 7:14 pm

  242. Meant to say What year did the drive in close on two notch rd?


    30 Jun 18 at 7:15 pm

  243. Not exactly sure when the drive inn closed.I remember down below it though,I believe where the porn place is,was a good Chinese place...The imperial garden.Good food.


    30 Jun 18 at 8:20 pm

  244. Wasnt there, or didnt there used to be a Drive-In on the Sumter Hiway at one time somewhere past where the old Marion Burnside Plymouth Dealership back in the late 60's or maybe a little later? I remember seeing some old abandoned Drive In Screen sitting all by itself all grown over with the Marquee sittine the the road itself, but there was some old Plantation style house next to it also? I cant remember the name of it though due to quite a few years back now. Anyone remember that place?


    1 Jul 18 at 12:33 am

  245. There's A Subway On Columbia Mall That Closed Around 2016


    1 Jul 18 at 10:22 am

  246. Colonial Healthcare on Rosewood is gone. As long as it took them to convert it from Blockbuster there's got to be a story there...if they ever actually opened it wasn't for long.


    1 Jul 18 at 9:09 pm

  247. The old General sales building is being torn down.

    Frank Mancuso

    1 Jul 18 at 9:11 pm

  248. A Crab Sack Was Open On The Mall


    2 Jul 18 at 12:49 am

  249. Can we can Antionette? Seriously she has no net etiquette And thinks this website is only going to respond to her....


    2 Jul 18 at 1:49 pm

  250. Keep posting about Columbia Mall and she may implode.

    Joe Shlabotnik

    2 Jul 18 at 5:12 pm

  251. Who is, or whom ARE the ones that came up with the name change from COLUMBIA MALL to Columbia Place Mall? Inquiring minds wanna know.. Call it what you will, but I think it should be torn down or renamed to something more " appropriate".


    2 Jul 18 at 7:14 pm

  252. Actually I DO have a better name for it..but I would be kicked off of here for saying it. But then again...


    2 Jul 18 at 7:15 pm

  253. But which wins the award for biggest Columbia area mall crash.
    1 Dutch square
    2 Richland mall
    3 Columbia mall

    I'll vote 2,at least the others have some viability.
    If Richland mall had reinvented themselves like Trenholm plaza they might still be doing well.


    2 Jul 18 at 7:38 pm

  254. I think you are right, John. The mall behind 'door number 2' really caved which surprises me because there is a lot of disposable income within a 5 mile radius of the Beltline/Forest Drive intersection.

    Joe Shlabotnik

    2 Jul 18 at 8:52 pm

  255. The smart move for Richland Mall, would have been to keep the original retro look, but modernize it somewhat. I know it looked the same until 1989 when they started to tear things down there, but a "Fashion" Mall wasnt, and isnt Columbia..never was. Dutch Square isnt that much better off and neither is Columbia Mall. Malls are dead..except for Columbiana, and that's only because of "location, location, location"... if it were to have been built somewhere else, I dont think it would have the success it's had. But only time will tell about Malls in general and what their ultimate fate will be.


    3 Jul 18 at 2:23 am

  256. Columbia Mall Is A Big Mall


    4 Jul 18 at 9:50 am

  257. Hartsville has a mall. It has a Rose's. What is a Rose's?


    4 Jul 18 at 11:07 am

  258. Rose's is/was a dime-store more popular during the 60's or there of..about the same as Dodd's dimestore. There's a Rose's on Beltline in the old Bi-Lo store's been there for a while.


    4 Jul 18 at 6:59 pm

  259. The Roses on Beltline Del references is in a former Piggly Wiggly (4033 West Beltline Blvd) and has been there just shy of a year...

    The other one is that around 4 years ago Roses opened in a former Kroger at 817 St. Andrews Road.

    The best thing I can think of about Roses is that their merchandise is similar to Big Lots except Roses sells apparel where Big Lots doesn't but Roses doesn't sell furniture like Big Lots does.


    4 Jul 18 at 7:20 pm

  260. The Citi Trends On Hartsville Mall Was Closed And They Closed Around Late 2017


    4 Jul 18 at 11:38 pm

  261. @Frank Mancuso -- The General Sales building where? The only one I know about, on Huger Street, looks to be intact.


    5 Jul 18 at 11:49 pm

  262. Before moving to Huger Street General Sales was on Garner's Ferry Road a couple of blocks east of I77 next to Days Inn and Suites, across from the Interstate Battery Store


    6 Jul 18 at 6:59 am

  263. The Chick-fil-A in Lexington is being torn down, moved a little and updated (double drive-thru, etc). There goes the convenience of my nugget trays for tailgating.


    6 Jul 18 at 9:51 am

  264. Looks like Vacchio's Greek & Italian Bistro & Lounge has had a short run and closed recently in West Columbia (Charleston Highway). I tried calling in an order a couple of weeks ago with no answer and tried again yesterday and the number has been disconnected and no sign of activity in their lot when I drove by.

    David B

    6 Jul 18 at 11:49 am

  265. The Hardee's on 378 @ I20 closed suddenly last week. Must be a lease issue, it always seemed to be doing well.


    7 Jul 18 at 8:12 am

  266. I was going to post the Hardee's as well. Someone mentioned that the gas station the restaurant was in had been sold so I don't know if that is the reason or they lost lease their lease like Steve suggested.

    As I have said before, I think one thing Hardee's could do to help their business is serve breakfast all day long.


    8 Jul 18 at 9:53 am

  267. Hardee's, blea... Just barely good enough for breakfast.


    8 Jul 18 at 12:19 pm

  268. The aforementioned Hardee's may have taken a hit when Chick-fil-A moved in next door. If I had my choice...definitely Chick!


    9 Jul 18 at 7:43 am

  269. @ED, I don't think Hardees could maintain the superior quality of their breakfast menu if they served it all day long. It makes sense for, say, McDonalds and Jack in the Box because their breakfast is mediocre. I also don't think Hardees would have the kitchen capacity to make biscuits from scratch all day long alongside their burgers and sandwiches.

    @Beth, if Hardees still served the fried chicken that they used to back in the 90s, then it would be a true competition. Still, I'd take Hardees over Chick-fil-A any day of the week. Chick-fil-A wins at Christmas, though, when they serve those peppermint milkshakes. Yum!


    9 Jul 18 at 11:08 am

  270. Hardees I think first showed up in Columbia in 1966? Over here at Garners Ferry/Ft. Jackson Blvd area..and the one I remember was the one on Knox Abbott Drive. The ones left now are horrible on their customer service, that I'm surprised they're still around. They never get any orders right, and you have to wait for a ridiculous amount of time to get waited on and get your order.


    9 Jul 18 at 6:47 pm

  271. Per previous comments I checked the reviews for Copper River and wow! I can't believe that the place has gone that far downhill so fast. Me and the wife ate at one in Greenville last fall and enjoyed it, but I think we will skip the Irmo one from now one.


    10 Jul 18 at 6:28 am

  272. I read the reviews yesterday on Copper River. It just so happened a few hours later I went up front to our lobby and found that one of the execs wanted the receptionist to book a reservation there for dinner. She said nobody would answer the phone. I told her about the reviews, she told the exec and he changed his mind about the place.


    10 Jul 18 at 2:36 pm

  273. The Regal Cinemas Pastime Pavilion in Lexington is currently closed for renovation. They are supposedly getting the smae lounge style seating as the Irmo location and will then become a reserved seat theater.

    James R

    10 Jul 18 at 6:33 pm

  274. Today, Ihob Now Back To Ihop...


    10 Jul 18 at 7:26 pm

  275. If You Go To The News, Ihop Faked Ihob With The New Burger Promotion


    12 Jul 18 at 1:06 am

  276. The Rite Aid on Longreen Pkwy at Clemson Rd is closed. Both CVS and Walgreens one block away, so this was inevitable. Are there any still open in town?


    12 Jul 18 at 4:40 pm

  277. And Thanks For The Message


    13 Jul 18 at 12:52 am

  278. Back to publix that’s not moving to richland mall I think the Kroger should move from it’s old location to a new Kroger marketplace store with a Starbucks in Richland mall unknown what side it will come on if Barnes and noble doesn’t close it won’t hurt that Starbucks it’s not listed online although there was one in the piggly wiggly at some point Harris teeter has had Starbucks since 1997 I wonder if any coulumbia stores ever had or the very first Starbucks witch might have been in forest acres


    13 Jul 18 at 8:13 pm

  279. TCBY Lexington sc signage still up July 5th 5 days later taken down when they take it down?


    13 Jul 18 at 8:16 pm

  280. Yet another Rite-Aid shutting down soon, Charleston Highway in West Columbia. Sort of nostalgic for this one, I worked there back when it was an Eckerd and it moved across the street from Airport Square back in 1999.


    13 Jul 18 at 8:38 pm

  281. Do You See Hartsville Buildings that are for sale or lease?


    14 Jul 18 at 4:26 am

  282. Noticed yesterday that Maurice's on Two Notch has closed. Apologies if this has already been posted.


    16 Jul 18 at 7:57 am

  283. His House Thrift Store on Meeting Street (700-800 block) is gone. Building burnt to the ground. Not sure if the store had moved out prior or not, but the rubble from the fire looks pretty recent.

    James R.

    16 Jul 18 at 2:16 pm

  284. I’m sure they are Hartsville buildings are for sale or lease but like I said TCBY Lexington had their signage still up on July 5th on July 10th it was taken down did anyone drive by it before July 10th and the sign was taken down tell me


    16 Jul 18 at 4:19 pm

  285. Thanks Dummy


    17 Jul 18 at 6:20 am

  286. I just noticed on my way to Taekwondo last Tuesday that the Maurice BBQ on Two Notch Rd across from Sesqui state park is now closed. They recently had for hire signs outside so I was quite shocked that they closed up shop.

    Miz T

    17 Jul 18 at 7:22 am

  287. So does anybody know when the tcby signage got taken down


    17 Jul 18 at 8:04 pm

  288. Do you even know when they took down the tcby signage of the store they recently closed


    17 Jul 18 at 8:07 pm

  289. That means you antionette


    17 Jul 18 at 8:08 pm

  290. Today's The State had a blurb talking about Maurice's on Two Notch Road (across from the entrance to Sesquicentennial State Park) revealing that the store wasn't meeting sales expectations and they've closed it and apparently it has sold to a car dealer...


    17 Jul 18 at 9:44 pm

  291. Yes I Antionette


    18 Jul 18 at 7:39 am

  292. Yes antionette do you know when they actually took down the tcby signage


    18 Jul 18 at 10:12 am

  293. I Think Yes Dummy


    18 Jul 18 at 12:30 pm

  294. When did they take it down i saw it with the signage still up on this website on July 5th i was driving by there on July 10th to go to the post office and it was 5 days later when did they actually take it down.


    18 Jul 18 at 12:43 pm

  295. It was taken down on July 10th when did they take it down


    18 Jul 18 at 12:45 pm

  296. yes TCBY when did they take down the signage like said i drove by there on july 10th the sign was taken down when did they take it down


    18 Jul 18 at 12:46 pm

  297. But We Can Do Sale Or Lease Buildings In Hartsville Dummy


    18 Jul 18 at 4:14 pm

  298. I wish a Chick-fil-A would come to hartsville


    18 Jul 18 at 4:37 pm

  299. When did they take down tcby signage I wanna know so bad


    18 Jul 18 at 4:41 pm

  300. There's A Burger King, Citi Trends, Bilo, Hardees, Golden Corral, Winn Dixie, And Murphy Express. And The Hardees Now A Captain D's, The Golden Corral Now A Cookout, Winn Dixie Now A BigLots!, And Murphy Express Rebranded To Murphy Usa, Know Go To Hartsville To See These Locations Are Closed Or Changed And I Won't Think Chick Fil A Will Come Here And TCBY Signage Is Gone At Early Morning, Ok Dummy?


    18 Jul 18 at 7:10 pm

  301. early morning of July 10th Im pretty sure thats what you said Im sure they would get a Chick fil a sometime in the future they do how ever have a old looking Applebees but I call Applebees craplebees cuz i ducking hate it i would love it if they would get a Starbucks.


    18 Jul 18 at 9:56 pm

  302. Citi trends is gone


    18 Jul 18 at 10:43 pm

  303. Yes It Was


    19 Jul 18 at 6:21 am

  304. @Dummy Can You Go To Hartsville To See The Old Buildings.
    @ted Make A Post Of Just The Comment I Sent At 7:10 pm


    19 Jul 18 at 6:25 am

  305. I might eventually newberry has some pretty old buildings you might wanna come there they have a really old zest drive in if you are craving for zesto


    19 Jul 18 at 8:37 am

  306. But Dummy?


    19 Jul 18 at 9:07 am

  307. WHAT


    19 Jul 18 at 9:46 am

  308. Missed:
    Comfort Is Now Quality Inn
    Hot Dog Building Thing Is Now Hardees
    Hess And Red Fox Gas Now Lotto Land
    Shell Near The New Edventure Now Crusiers
    The Marketplace
    Pizza Hut Now First Citizens
    Dummy You Can See This


    19 Jul 18 at 10:05 am

  309. I think that i knew Comfort is now Quality Inn


    19 Jul 18 at 10:51 am

  310. From Ted's written Mission Statement: "This blog is (mostly) about businesses in Columbia, SC which have closed."

    "In general, this blog will deal, as the title suggests, with Columbia SC. However, I also spend a good deal of time on the Grand Strand, so I won’t hesitate to mention closings there, if it strikes my fancy."

    Don't y'all think it might be best to respect the man, his blog and its stated purpose by confining discussion to closings in the Columbia area?

    Lone Wolf

    19 Jul 18 at 11:40 am

  311. Aconding to ted Tcby Irmo closed new years eve 2012 withen i found out I had the flu that day the newer fro yo shop inside the Salsaritas both closed on Dec 11 2015 the fro yo tcby wasent as good as those other one like Irmo and Lexition recent closed one those were awsome what did you guys think about it even you can answer antionette.


    19 Jul 18 at 2:46 pm

  312. I agree with Lone Wolf. I feel like I’m wading through spam.


    19 Jul 18 at 2:59 pm

  313. Ted Can You Do This?


    19 Jul 18 at 5:18 pm

  314. I can kidding


    19 Jul 18 at 5:48 pm

  315. Are You Kidding? And Forgot To Say 300 comments


    19 Jul 18 at 6:50 pm

  316. Antionette what do you do in hartsville


    19 Jul 18 at 6:50 pm

  317. Go To Chuch Every Saturday, Stay At Hampton, See Aunt Jannie, And I Use To Live Here Before Earvin Was Born And Returned When Earvin Was 3 And Left In 2014 And More


    19 Jul 18 at 6:52 pm

  318. Ted says tcby Irmo closed New Year’s Eve 2012 BTW I had the flu that day is he right or was it earlier


    19 Jul 18 at 6:53 pm

  319. You Got The Flu?


    19 Jul 18 at 8:15 pm

  320. No this was my past i was sick with the flu the day TCBY Irmo closed i did have the flu early this year im not even sure if thats the exact date that closed we both arent sure when it closed are you saying you never had the flu in your life.


    19 Jul 18 at 8:24 pm

  321. But Let's Continue On The d Hartsville Buildings, Ok Dummy?


    19 Jul 18 at 9:22 pm

  322. Rumors sometime come true Costco was a rumor for Columbia then one opened in Irmo still may open in Killan Crossing Publix is coming to Red Bank for real chick fil a might open over there I think the Super Publix Richland Mall wont happen I think chick fil a in hartsville may come true as well as Starbucks and publix and starbucks in Red bank Craplebees what i call applebees cuz i ducking hate allthough the fries arent bad hartsville what i mean old looking is they havent upgrades that applebees to the new logo


    19 Jul 18 at 9:56 pm

  323. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Chick-Fil-A in Red Bank...

    I don’t see Publix as one to open a super store though I do look forward to the one in Red Bank opening...


    19 Jul 18 at 10:09 pm

  324. Folks,

    I have been letting things play out because I like to see enthusiasm and people talking to each other, but let's keep it at a low roar.

    1) If you have asked your question several times and nobody answers, then probably nobody knows the answer.

    2) If I see something that interests me wherever I happen to be, I may post about it, but I am unlikely to drive 70 miles to take a picture of a closed fast food building.

    Just saying.


    20 Jul 18 at 12:36 am

  325. Ted You Can Put The Hartsville Closings I Made Form The Other 2 comments tomorrow Very Start Of Midnight


    20 Jul 18 at 8:08 am

  326. Ted the Hardees on 917 South Lake Drive was still open aug 2007


    20 Jul 18 at 11:47 am

  327. By April 2008 it was closed and borded up i know for sure change the date to late 2007/early 2008 Hardees 917 south lake drive this is for you ted.


    20 Jul 18 at 11:51 am

  328. Wow, some of these comments. Just wow.


    20 Jul 18 at 2:32 pm

  329. Ted I am telling you that the abandoned Hardees on 917 south lake drive closed late 2007/early 2008.


    20 Jul 18 at 4:31 pm

  330. Ted


    20 Jul 18 at 5:30 pm

  331. OK, wow, enough!

    I tried to say this gently, yesterday, but apparently I did not get through. If you have a closing you want to mention, mention it ONCE. I will see it and I may or MAY NOT blog about it. Other folks with information may also talk about it. If you have information that something I said is wrong, put it on the page for THAT CLOSING. Hopefully I will get around to fixing it, but if not, at least it will be in the appropriate comment page for people coming in later to see.

    I have only made one ban in the last 10 years, and would hate to do it again, but I will.


    20 Jul 18 at 6:16 pm

  332. Check out They are located at 2414 Bull Street


    22 Jul 18 at 7:42 am

  333. Ban the IP address Ted. I'd bet dollars to donuts that the plethora of comments are from 1 troll on 1 IP address. This is ridiculous.


    22 Jul 18 at 12:11 pm

  334. Like Ken, I have also wondered if Antionette and Dummy are two personalites of the same troll talking to each other.


    22 Jul 18 at 3:14 pm

  335. Ted,
    Thank you for making a comment about this Dummy/Antionette thing. It is getting way out of hand.


    23 Jul 18 at 11:58 am

  336. My God, I leave for a while and this place turns into a chat room?!?!?!?!?!?


    23 Jul 18 at 6:04 pm

  337. Add my name to those who don't like what's been going on here. These shenanigans are putting a serious crimp into my enjoyment of the place....

    Jodie Peeler

    23 Jul 18 at 9:27 pm

  338. Add my name to the list as well.


    24 Jul 18 at 4:21 am

  339. This site has become more and more like a Craigslist chat room. What the H*** has this site become now? Please do something about it.


    24 Jul 18 at 5:00 pm

  340. May I suggest that no one acknowledge the culprit AT ALL, until Ted fixs the problem.


    24 Jul 18 at 5:59 pm

  341. Ted, why have you forsaken us???


    24 Jul 18 at 9:05 pm

  342. This Thursday Aldi's Red Bank location will be open...


    24 Jul 18 at 9:09 pm

  343. Some people have an extremely boring life. It is not at all amazing that we encounter them on a daily basis. No life, no friends, no sex, ugly and can't make friends. I'm thank God that he gave me common sense and that I have the ability to do more than act stupid.


    25 Jul 18 at 2:59 pm

  344. TED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    25 Jul 18 at 10:26 pm

  345. Did Ted pick this week to go on vacation???????????


    25 Jul 18 at 10:27 pm

  346. We now interrupt the Dummy/Antionette program for a Mission Statement post:

    The Citgo on Leesburg near Fairmont is in the process of being demolished.

    The Kangaroo on Garners Ferry is all boarded up.

    OK. Carry on!


    29 Jul 18 at 12:10 pm

  347. @badger - LMFAO


    29 Jul 18 at 4:17 pm

  348. @Badger- DOT will be widening Leesburg Road at that area. My friend owns the Citgo and he bought the property behind the station. They are demolishing the old store and will build a new store further back from the road. I understand he got a good bit of money from the state.


    29 Jul 18 at 5:12 pm

  349. Oh... And by the way, sorry to interrupt the Dummy/Antionette program while in progress. We now return you to the previously annoying comments.


    29 Jul 18 at 5:17 pm

  350. Well I'm going to add an to this interlude by informing folks that the Obama gas station on Fairfield Road will be getting an overhaul


    29 Jul 18 at 5:26 pm

  351. The Chocolate Monkey in Topspin Plaza has. For rent sign in the window. Anyone know what’s going on? Have they closed?

    James R

    29 Jul 18 at 5:50 pm

  352. It appears the Applebee's on Broad River Rd (across from the defunct Black Pearl) has gone out of business.


    30 Jul 18 at 9:19 am

  353. I think Ted may have gone to Hartsville to find out what all of the fuss is about.
    That, or he has given up on this site because of a couple of commenters (trolls?) that obviously haven't figured out the concept of a website entitled "COLUMBIA Closings".


    30 Jul 18 at 1:08 pm

  354. @Ted - Are you going to do something about this?


    30 Jul 18 at 8:00 pm

  355. God, this reminds me of an AOL chat room


    30 Jul 18 at 8:05 pm

  356. A gentleman named Ted initiated this web site at least back in 2009. He grew up in Columbia and enjoyed many cherished memories at locations in the area. He was also a photo aficionada and made photos of many of these locations. He cared enough about others that he developed this web site and placed the photos there so that others could enjoy them. There was an article about him recently in a local publication and he never sought fame or fortune from this, he just wanted to be a good friend.

    Unfortunately, some who are inconsiderate and selfish have begun posting to this site with inappropriate and ridiculous comments. It is sad that those would so something like that which precludes the enjoyment of so many others.


    1 Aug 18 at 3:45 pm

  357. @James R. Yes, the Chocolate Monkey in Lexington has closed. The owners are concentrating on their stores in Tn. Look it up on Facebook if you want more details.


    1 Aug 18 at 3:54 pm

  358. My God, if Ted ever gets back it's going to take him forever to clear all this $h!t off of here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Pissed Off

    1 Aug 18 at 8:47 pm

  359. What the everloving CRAP has happened to this site?? I really hope that Ted clears off the Antoniette/Dummy chat crap, this is getting CRAZY.

    Also, I'm assuming that Ted is on vacation this week and I hope he does enjoy his vacation.

    Sara Ure

    2 Aug 18 at 12:02 am

  360. @Beth,

    Thanks. When I drove by the other night it was dark enough that I couldn't really tell, but when I drove by earlier today I saw the windows all papered up and knew they had closed. I was about to post the confirmation when I saw your comment.

    James R

    2 Aug 18 at 12:37 pm

  361. @Dummy -

    You must really like Starbucks, huh? To my knowledge, I've never seen a Harris Teeter/Starbucks hybrid before. Could be just me.


    2 Aug 18 at 1:52 pm

  362. Ted probably ran, screaming to the hills.


    3 Aug 18 at 11:56 pm

  363. Someone ALWAYS has to ruin a good thing. This makes the 3rd week in a row I've seen this Dummy/Antionette crap. Dont know and dont care if it's the same person, but this is getting ridiculous. Time to get rid of the trash.


    4 Aug 18 at 1:06 am

  364. It's the same person. Some days I wish I had that kind of free time. If I ever do I hope I spend it actually accomplishing something rather than talking to myself on a web page.

    59 Ford Wheelman

    4 Aug 18 at 8:10 am

  365. @59 Ford- Whoever it was that hacked their computers and got Antionette to give out her E-mail address should send them a virus to prevent them from posting so many comments if they don't stop.

    Lone Wolf

    4 Aug 18 at 1:49 pm

  366. @Lone Wolf ... Yea, yea I know. I'm busy taking care of some other ass holes that are ruining a different reputable site similar to this one at the moment. Give me a couple of days to finish taking care of those idiot troll's and then I'll lock these two dummies computers up so they won't even be able to log on.

    Hack Man

    4 Aug 18 at 2:21 pm

  367. @Antionette and Dummy... Please post a couple more comments so I can verify your IP Address.

    Hack Man

    4 Aug 18 at 2:48 pm

  368. @Dummy... Thank you for making the last comment. I believe I have the IP Address for your particular computer now.
    @Antionette... Now all I need is for Dummy to make one more comment and for you to make at least two comments.
    FYI, Fair warning... I am going to lock your computers as soon as I finish with the troll's I'm working on at the moment. Not only will you not be able to access this web site but you will not be able to start your computer unless you STOP the troll chatter that you have been submitting for the past few weeks. Keep your comments in line with what is intended for this site or you will be purchasing a new computer. Fair warning. Fair warning . I say this because I like to give all troll's a chance. Fair Warning.

    Hack Man

    4 Aug 18 at 4:04 pm

  369. @Antionette... Or whom ever you are... Thank you for making that last comment. That should be all I need to completely lock your computer and prevent you from even starting the computer. I will take care of my task later this coming week when I finish with other people that are abusing legitimate wbsites such as this one.

    Hack Man

    5 Aug 18 at 10:13 am

  370. To mention something in Columbia: There's a diner at Trenholm Plaza opening tomorrow. The State recently released an article about it. Hopefully it stays up shop for a while. I'm not sure if it's replacing a business there, though.


    5 Aug 18 at 3:31 pm

  371. Ted, welcome back sir! Hope you got to enjoy some well deserved downtime. You've been missed and things seem to have gotten a bit out of sorts here...

    Not sure if *I* should be concerned or not - I've been posting here for some time under this same handle/name, but I see someone else has decided to post using my exact handle or they are spoofing. For the record, the post of 4 Aug 18 @ 1:49pm was not made by me. That's probably another thing that should be looked into...

    Lone Wolf

    6 Aug 18 at 8:47 am

  372. @Lone Wolf - I know who that was and I'm sure it was just a coincidence it will not happen again.


    6 Aug 18 at 10:08 am

  373. Rick, thank you, sir. No harm, no foul. With all that's been going on, I just wanted to insure nothing else got sideways lol.

    Thank you for the heads-up, sir. Best wishes.

    Lone Wolf

    6 Aug 18 at 10:22 am

  374. @Lone Wolf - I most certainly appreciate your understanding. I believe *Someone* was on a mission, remembered your handle thinking it was from another site and thinking it would fit in nicely with the mission intended. Unfortunately the outcome was less than desired. Ultimately the site owner returned and took care of the issue. I'm sure Hack Man would agree.


    6 Aug 18 at 6:08 pm

  375. I think the diner Toby mentioned is called BLD (which opened up in the former Hooligan's) as I know it should be opening soon if not already...

    Furthermore, I can second Ken's notion that the Applebee's at 2344 Broad River Road has closed up shop...

    Also of note: several Rite Aids have featured here as they've clsoed up shop and one that we can add to the list is the one at Clemson Road and Longgreen Parkway...


    6 Aug 18 at 7:50 pm

  376. The Premier Plus Motors car lot looks to be closed. Its on Jamil Rd next to Carmax.


    7 Aug 18 at 7:59 am

  377. Does anyone other than me who's old enough, remember a drive-in theater on Sumter Highway/Garners Ferry back in the 60's to early 70's (it was closed by then). I think it was past and not too from the old Marion Burnside Dealership going towards Sumter. There was a Plantation style house with large Columns on the front..but it looked abandoned and the screen was falling apart. I think too there was still what was left of the Marquee. I cant remember the name of the place or what years it would have been in operation. Anyone know?


    7 Aug 18 at 10:52 am

  378. **** meant to say Not too FAR from from Marion Burnside Dealership****


    7 Aug 18 at 10:53 am

  379. @Del - I've heard your question many times over the years. I have liv d and still live a couple of miles from the old Marion Burside Dealer ship since 1962 and the only drive in I remember was one named the Star Light Drive in and it was located where the Whole Foods Market is now.


    7 Aug 18 at 11:11 am

  380. Never have been able to type well on my cell phone.


    7 Aug 18 at 11:12 am

  381. I remember that one ( I went to it a few times), I remember the Beltline location, Sunset Drive In, the one over on two notch past the old Atlantic Dept. Store, the one at the Fairgrounds, sort of remember the one over in West Columbia on the Augusta Hiway, but this one was going towards Sumter..we used to pass it on the way up towards that way. I know it was past Marion Burnside, but dont remember where now..couldnt miss it. But this would have been in the late 60's and it was closed before then. I wish I had a list of Drive In's in the Columbia area and a little past to see if I remember it..but I dont off hand. It was going towards McEntire AFB or even Shaw AFB..but I know it was before you got to Sumter, and was on the left side of the road next to some big old house.


    7 Aug 18 at 11:47 pm

  382. Del, I think it was located not too far from a par 3 golf course. There was a large sign of a golfer taking a full swing.

    Somewhere past the Master Cleaners and Dairy Queen and Piggy Park.

    Joe Shlabotnik

    8 Aug 18 at 12:10 am

  383. I remember the par 3 golf course. It was called Ceaderwood Golf Course. Never played there but they did have a driving range we went to often. The course was located where the Super Wal-Mart is now.


    8 Aug 18 at 4:43 am

  384. **Cedarwood Golf Course.


    8 Aug 18 at 7:28 am

  385. All I remember, is that was a big two story house with columns on the front and an old drive in screen that was sort of falling apart and worn with the old broken marquee that was near the road. The glass on it was cracked and missing in places. Could have been near where Walmart is now on GF Road. Used to come up Atlas Road, turn right where McDonalds is now, and it was up the road from there somewhere going towards Sumter..could have been past Twin Lakes or just before in a big open field/property area big enough to park cars for the drive-in.. but that was back in the late 60's. Could have been past McEntire AFB or before you get there too..but not sure now.


    8 Aug 18 at 6:42 pm

  386. Here's a list of Columbia and Lexington drive-in theaters. See how many of these will jog memories.

    #1 Drive-In
    Ray's Drive-In

    Alice Drive-In
    Alta-Vista Drive-In
    Beltline Drive-In
    North 1 Drive-In
    Skyway Drive-In
    Starlite Drive-In
    Sunset Drive-In
    Terrace Drive-In
    Twilight Drive-In

    This information is from:


    8 Aug 18 at 6:49 pm

  387. Where was the Alta-Vista Drive-In located? Of course the one I'm thinking about could have been closer to Sumter too..


    9 Aug 18 at 11:33 pm

  388. Uncle Maddio's on campus closed recently..


    10 Aug 18 at 11:47 am

  389. According to The Free Times, Persona Pizza on Main Street has closed. Apparently the entire chain is in receding mode.


    10 Aug 18 at 1:19 pm

  390. Now why didn't I mention Uncle Madio's? I just signed up for their rewards card less than a week before they closed. I was going to go in on the day they closed to get my free pizza and there was the sign.


    10 Aug 18 at 6:48 pm

  391. @Del - not much here....
    Just ran across this site, might be intertesting


    10 Aug 18 at 9:28 pm

  392. Persona and Bespoke, both on Main Street north of the State House have closed.


    11 Aug 18 at 5:30 pm

  393. The new Goodwill in Lexington is set yo have its grand opening on August 22, 2018 meaning the old location next to Kmart will be gone.

    James R

    14 Aug 18 at 9:41 am

  394. Anyone know what's going on with the Brunswick bowling alley on Broad River. Lot of construction going on....


    16 Aug 18 at 3:43 pm

  395. Homer I'd refer you to the AMF Capitol post as what I've been able to figure out has been posted there...


    16 Aug 18 at 5:26 pm

  396. Ted, is it possible to imbed a Google map with new closing posts? Sometimes us out-of-towners do not recognize the location of the business.

    Joe Shlabotnik

    18 Aug 18 at 3:53 am

  397. The name of the Drive-In that's drivin' me crazy, could be or have been, but not sure called "Sky-Vue" but it was past I think Twin Lakes in a big open field. It was going towards Sumter though.


    18 Aug 18 at 12:16 pm

  398. But whatever the name is or where it was on the old Sumter Hiway, it was already closed, overgrown, broken marquee, the screen was sort of falling apart, and the house was I'm sure empty. I had heard the owner of the place/house either killed someone or was killed on the front porch of the house or something like that..or so I heard. But as said, this would have been the late 60's when Coble Milk was on the corner of Shop Road and Atlas in the 60's before it went out of business.


    18 Aug 18 at 5:21 pm

  399. @Del - there was a Skyway on Rosewood and a Sky-View in Sumter. Refer to


    19 Aug 18 at 10:42 am

  400. What year did the Krispy Kreme on Garners Ferry Rd open? I know it hasnt closed, but with the bad reviews I've read about the Krispy Kreme place on Garners Ferry, who knows.


    20 Aug 18 at 10:29 am

  401. Del, there is an extensive discussion of the Landmark Square Kirspy Kreme as the transformation unfolded you can read about on that page that I'd refer you to...


    20 Aug 18 at 11:12 am

  402. What was the name of the tourist trap/giftshop a few miles outside Florence on the way to the beach? I think it's been boarded up for a few years. For some reason I'm thinking it was called Jimmy Carter's. Have you done a closing on this place Ted? Thank you

    Andy Farmer

    21 Aug 18 at 12:08 pm

  403. Yeah, I remember that. It was in the median of US-76 between Florence & Marion. It was Jimmy Carter's when I first noticed it, with a big grinning caricature face of that president. Then I think it was a strip club, then some sort of adult emporium and now vacant. I think the facade of the adult place fell off recently and the Jimmy Carter's signage was visible again. Maybe I'll take a picture the next time I drive that way in the daytime.


    21 Aug 18 at 11:26 pm

  404. K-Mart/Sears just announced 33 Sears and 13 K-Marts will be closing starting in November. None are in SC though Sears are closing in Atlanta, Savannah and Burnswick, Ga. and Raleigh NC.


    22 Aug 18 at 8:40 pm

  405. I remember Jimmy Carter's. Passed it all the time driving between NMB and Columbia. I believe they had zoo animals too at one point and when it closed some of the animals either escaped or starved. That could be an apocryphal story though.


    24 Aug 18 at 7:50 am

  406. Jackson's Southern Kitchen on Sunset in West Columbia is closed. It appears the owner wasn't paying all the tax he owed. The same group owned The Southern Skillet at the same location and got shut down for tax evasion also.

    And for a footnote the same group also owned Vegetable Medley in Lexington that got shut down for (all together now) Tax Evasion. Man these people make some great food but they surely don't like to pay the tax man.

    Selling Steve

    24 Aug 18 at 1:20 pm

  407. Jackson's must have been doing one hell of a business. WIS reports he didn't pay taxes on millions of dollars. That's a lot of food sales.


    25 Aug 18 at 10:50 am

  408. FYI the bank building that shares parking with Richland Mall is being demolished as I type this. Sorry I didn't have a way to take a photo.

    Dennis Craighead

    29 Aug 18 at 11:31 am

  409. A Tony's Pizza has opened in the strip mall where Tokyo Grill is on Columbiana Drive in the old ice cream parlor location.


    30 Aug 18 at 6:54 am

  410. The Coldwell banker Real Estate Office at 5140 Sunset Blvd. has closed. According to the Coldwell Banker website located at that means Columbia, SC is being serviced out of their Charlotte, NC office. Yellow Pages ( still shows them at 5599 Sunset Blvd., but they moved out of that location a couple of years ago when they moved into 5140. It almost sounds like the agency was in a downhill slide for a couple of years and finaly just closed up shop. Yellow Pages also had a listing for them at 5551 Sunset, but that is a dentist office and cell phone repair store.

    James R

    30 Aug 18 at 11:14 pm

  411. Zoe's Kitchen on Main St has officially closed.


    31 Aug 18 at 10:20 am

  412. Has anyone heard what's gonna happen with Richland Mall if anything? Or will it continue to keep falling apart? It's the Mall that just wont die..along with Dutch Square Mall. They just keep going and going and going....


    1 Sep 18 at 1:25 am

  413. My gut tells me that developers (behind the scenes) have tried to do things to breathe new life into both malls but they've never gotten much traction and that the details never evolved to the point of becoming public...


    1 Sep 18 at 10:54 am

  414. @Del- according to previously published reports, the biggest hurdle the developers at Richland Mall is facing is the parking garage. Potential tenants are telling them they want the garage removed before they move in because it obstructs the view of the mall from the street, however the mall owner does not want to tear it down.


    1 Sep 18 at 11:01 am

  415. Pizzaria Opa (formerly Zorbas Express) in Kennerly Crossing is closed.


    1 Sep 18 at 8:06 pm

  416. @IJ -- well that is sad news. It was too far away for me to get to often, but it was always good to see the crew from The Parthenon and have a Parthenon style pizza.


    1 Sep 18 at 9:51 pm

  417. I agree with the other tenants of Richland cant see the Mall because of that atrocity of a Parking Garage. It took up all the room that was there originally before the new Mall was built, and I dont trust how well it's made. But if the owner doesnt wanna tear it down, it's his own business...but he's hurting what little business is still there. I personally hate going there when I have's a pain in the rear for sure. Columbia has made some really stupid decisions over the years, but they dont seem to learn from them.


    1 Sep 18 at 10:40 pm

  418. It appears Fat Boy Greek Restaurant on Augusta Hwy in front of Big Lots has closed.

    James R

    3 Sep 18 at 4:21 pm

  419. It looks like the Liberty Tax Service that was at the corner of Huger and Harden is closed. I am going to miss the waving Statues of Liberty every spring!


    6 Sep 18 at 9:53 pm

  420. Meant gervais and harden not huger... wish I could go back and edit!


    7 Sep 18 at 6:46 am

  421. @MB, I was wondering where that corner was :-)


    8 Sep 18 at 12:02 am

  422. just drove by Top Dogs in downtown Lexington. looks like it's closed up


    8 Sep 18 at 10:45 am

  423. Like Ted I was scratching my head trying to figure out Huger & Harden as I didn't think both streets intersected with each other...


    8 Sep 18 at 11:03 am

  424. The owners of Jackie Hite's BBQ in Batesburg-Leesville have announce they will close after 39 years on September 23.


    9 Sep 18 at 9:04 am

  425. Hi Ted - Love your site! A suggestion - would it be possible to put a link at the top of "Have Your Say" that is an anchor to the bottom (e.g. blah.html#bottom)? As the year progresses the page gets pretty lengthy, and getting to the bottom to see the newest posts requires several "big ole" swipes.

    Thanks for all you do to keep this wonderful resource going!


    Payne Seal

    11 Sep 18 at 5:30 pm

  426. @Payne -- good idea!

    There should be a "Go to last entry" link on top now.


    13 Sep 18 at 11:12 pm

  427. Kline Iron and Steel closed before ted started his blog, but was a big part of Columbia and West Columbia for 80 years.

    The University of South Carolina has put together an online history with numerous photographs and interviews.

    I don't know if this is just something special that was done for Kline or if it is part of a series, but it would be great if the University planned to do more of these online exhibits about businesses that had large impacts on our community.


    14 Sep 18 at 8:38 am

  428. H&R Block 1945 Decker Blvd in the Decker Center closed up a few weeks ago. Not just for the off season for good.


    14 Sep 18 at 3:41 pm

  429. Re: Link to last post - perfect! Thanks, Ted!


    14 Sep 18 at 5:17 pm

  430. I remember passing by Kline Iron & Steel growing up as I had a grandmother that lived in Rosewood for much of her adult life (riding by it on the way to her house) and then I remember in 2005 it was being torn down as I was going with some friends to a graduation ceremony that's been a grassy space ever feeling is that it's had ideas for what is next for such site but nothing has come to fruition yet...


    14 Sep 18 at 8:21 pm

  431. My wife read yesterday that Firenza Pizza in Lexington has closed. This is located in the new shopping center with Lowe's Foods at Hope Ferry and Sunset Blvd. They didn't last long. That's a shame too because I liked them a whole lot better than Mod Pizza in the Hobby Lobby shopping center. Guess I will continue going to Irmo for Blaze.

    James R

    15 Sep 18 at 11:18 am

  432. Jim Hudson Hyundai on Greystone is no more. I saw an ad on TV for a Peacock Hyundai in Columbia and as a Hyundai owner, I thought I would google it. Not sure if Hudson sold out or what, but the name has changed.

    James R.

    19 Sep 18 at 7:54 pm

  433. So in doing more research on Peacock Hyundai, it does appear that Jim Hudson sold out. Accoridng to the Peacock Hyundai Facebook page, the Peacock Automotive Group purchased the dealership on June 26, 2018. The Peacock Automotive Group also owns the Land Rover dealership on Jamil Road according to the following Facebook post.

    James R

    19 Sep 18 at 8:02 pm

  434. Speaking of Kline Steel's old site, I had heard that USC was going to build dorms/condo's or whatever USC does where Kline Steel originally sat, but havent heard or read anything about it since. I guess time will tell what happens with that area.


    20 Sep 18 at 12:09 am

  435. I'm kind of surprised nothing (other than being a parking lot) has happened to Columbia Antique Mall on Huger. I figured that was going to be a pretty valuable spot.


    20 Sep 18 at 12:34 am

  436. Ted, thanks for adding the mapping link to the posts.

    Joe Shlabotnik

    20 Sep 18 at 2:03 am

  437. You're welcome!


    20 Sep 18 at 2:20 am

  438. It looks like Fat Boy Restaurant in West Columbia has closed, 3260 Augusta Road. Don't know any other details, but they have been open for as I can remember.

    ted - Another thanks for adding the mapping feature, nice addition.

    As far as Kline goes, it is my understanding that the Kline family still owns the property and they have plans to develop a mixed-use space. There was a story in The State back in 2014 stating constitution would begin in 2015 but so far ground has not been broken.


    20 Sep 18 at 8:38 am

  439. Vaccu Mart on Lake Murray Blvd., just down from Moe's closed last month. The owner told me he had retired after not being able to compete with Amazon.


    20 Sep 18 at 1:26 pm

  440. The Free Times reports that The Garden Bistro has closed. I used to love the original hidden one - the atmosphere and employees were cool and the food was great. The new location was the opposite of that - sterile atmosphere, non-enthusiastic and unhelpful staff, and mediocre food. Fond memories of the original.


    20 Sep 18 at 10:30 pm

  441. Speaking of Kline Steel with the family still owning the property, it's like the Gibb family selling out to USC, when I had heard for a long time they werent going to tear the old part down and refused to sell out to USC. But as we all know, USC always wins out. Everyone has their selling price, and if USC wants it, USC usually gets it. I think it's a matter of time before the Kline Family sells out to them too. But we'll see.


    21 Sep 18 at 12:53 am

  442. That's Gibbs Volks Wagon that used to be on Blossom and Assembly. I dont know what became of Nix VW dealership though.


    21 Sep 18 at 12:54 am

  443. For all of us older people on here, who remembers the "O.K" Used Car lot that used to be on the corner of Blossom and Assembly going towards the top of the hill? I think it was there until the early 70's? before it was closed, and Hardee's was built pretty much in the same space/area, but dont know what year Hardee's closed.


    21 Sep 18 at 12:58 am

  444. Del is correct that Gibbes was at the corner of Blossom and Assembly. The O.K. lot was where Gibbes had their used cars located. Nix VW was on Belt Line Blvd. After Nix vacated there Dodgeland of Columbia was in the same location. The Wray family, who at one time was involved with Pulliam Ford, eventually got the VW dealership and it remains located on the hill on Broad River Road between the bridge and Greystone. I believe the Wray family may no longer be involved and it is under a new name now.


    21 Sep 18 at 8:04 am

  445. I remember the Hardee's being there in the 90s and I think it was closed sometime in the mid-late 90s...


    21 Sep 18 at 9:21 pm

  446. Which Wich on Bower Parkway is closed, as of 9/24. Word from a manager was their lease was up and they couldn't come to terms on a new lease. Some of their staff is apparently transferring to the Main Street location. Pretty sure that's the last one still open in Columbia.

    Seems to me more than a couple businesses have closed or moved from the Bower Parkway area recently. If I were a savy business person, I'd be doing everything I could to stop that trend.

    Lone Wolf

    24 Sep 18 at 1:52 pm

  447. Tri-City Music in West Columbia has closed. I’ve noticed the past few years the sign out front has said they’re retiring, guess they finally made it official.


    26 Sep 18 at 8:24 am

  448. In the past, wasn't there a search feature on this website?


    30 Sep 18 at 3:27 pm

  449. I don't remember having one. Of course I sometimes find posts I don't remember making too..

    At any rate, go to google and type whatever your search is

    in the search box, and that will do it.


    30 Sep 18 at 11:13 pm

  450. If there is a particular post I'm looking for, oftentimes I'll head to the Alphabetical Closings list and utlizing Ctrl + F and then a dialog box pops up where I can key what I'm looking for...on a Macbook Command+F would accomplish the same task...


    30 Sep 18 at 11:18 pm

  451. I heard Publix has secured a location on Garner's Ferry Road for a new store. I wonder if the location will be new construction, or if it is an acquisition of BI-LO #5065.


    1 Oct 18 at 12:21 am

  452. Knight - Could be Bi-Lo but I live near by and haven't heard anything about them closing or changing. Burnside Farm approximately across the street is starting to show growth with the addition of Tractor Supply. Maybe that could be the new location.


    1 Oct 18 at 1:23 pm

  453. Pak-Mail at 5594-C Sunset Blvd. in Lexington has just closed. I inquired next door and was told that this business was not the owner's primary source of income. That and some family issues made him decide not to renew his lease.
    They seemed to stay busy and offered an alternative to the UPS Store off of Old Cherokee Rd. nearby.


    1 Oct 18 at 3:41 pm

  454. Has there been anymore word about the old Brunswick Bowling Ally on Broad River Rd. as to what's going on with it?


    3 Oct 18 at 11:47 pm

  455. Del I'd refer you to the AMF Capitol Lanes page as some notes have been made there...


    4 Oct 18 at 12:28 pm

  456. Ok folks MattressFirm has filed for bankruptcy. Some stores will close as a result but it remains to be seen if any of ours far the only closing I'm aware of is one in the former Mattress Source that became MattressFirm at 107 Harbison (though the MattressFirm closing never featured here)...


    5 Oct 18 at 6:29 pm

  457. Folks I can confirm for you that the MattressFirm at Harbison Court is one of the ones that is liquidating and will be closing soon as part of the liquidation...


    7 Oct 18 at 1:30 pm

  458. Cedar Terrace Hardware will be closing. It's in The State newspaper today. I'm surprised it stayed open this long. I frequented this shopping center EVERY Saturday and never saw any business there. I believe the guy that owns this place owns the plaza.


    8 Oct 18 at 2:30 pm

  459. Rick:

    I am hearing Southeastern Grocers will reduce its store count again. A quantity of BI-LO stores remaining could be sold or closed.


    8 Oct 18 at 7:44 pm

  460. Publix #1637, Publix at Lake Crossing, 5441 Platt Springs Road, Lexington, South Carolina 29073-9260, will open Wednesday, 31 October.


    10 Oct 18 at 11:36 pm

  461. My family went to the Giant RAB six years ago. The food was ok but what I remember most was the cashier or waiter copied my debit card number. They waited until the 1st of the following month and bought thousands of dollars worth of clothes.
    Fortunately my wife works at the bank and we were able to stop the transactions.


    15 Oct 18 at 9:29 am

  462. Not quite a brick and mortar store but looks like the The Carolina Trader newspaper has ceased operation. They had been in business for over 40 years and I guess they couldn't compete with Craig's List and Facebook Market Place.

    The physical location for their office is 264 Bruner Rd., Lexington SC 29072.


    18 Oct 18 at 9:01 am

  463. The Coldwell Banker office at 5599 Sunset Blvd, Lexington, SC 29072 has moved down the street to a new office. The new location is on the other side of the road on Columbia Ave.

    This was built for Russell and Jeffcoat and is the style style building as the old location on Two Notch, Lake Murray Blvd and St. Andrews Road.


    22 Oct 18 at 9:22 am

  464. Palmetto Seafood Closed Indefinitely

    Palmetto Seafood at 2200 Gervais St. suddenly closed on Tuesday. Addie Moultrie, whose family has owned the Lower Waverly location since February 1997, left a message on the doors stating, “Due to the death of my son, Greg, the Market will be closed indefinitely.”


    26 Oct 18 at 6:58 am

  465. Tijuana Flats in Lexington just sent an email this morning announcing that they are closed effective immediately.


    27 Oct 18 at 8:29 am

  466. Wow,sad to hear about Greg and Palmetto Seafood.RIP


    27 Oct 18 at 9:08 am

  467. yes, Greg was a wonderful person who I will miss RIP


    27 Oct 18 at 9:48 am

  468. I'm seeing comments on a FB group that indicate that the Urban Cookhouse on Lake Murray Blvd. is closed. Supposedly the sign is down, and the interior is being gutted. This is the follow up to the Atlanta Bread Company that used to be in the building.


    28 Oct 18 at 7:18 pm

  469. Does anyone remember the donut shop just over the Blossom St bridge lije you're heading towards Cayce? I used to go there in the early 80s for late night donut runs. It was down the street from the Grabd Motel I believe. Thank you!!

    Debbie Lambert

    29 Oct 18 at 11:43 pm

  470. ted

    29 Oct 18 at 11:48 pm

  471. Heath

    30 Oct 18 at 3:36 pm

  472. Palmetto Seafood Co reopens, 2 restaurants on the move
    Columbia's Palmetto Seafood Co. re-opens on Gervais, Julia's German Stammtisch and Moctezumas Taqueria changing locations

    Julia’s German Stammtisch, is moving the restaurant from Fort Jackson Blvd to 120 Sparkleberry Crossing, near Clemson Road.

    Moctezumas Taqueria is moving into Julia’s German Stammtisch place once they move out


    30 Oct 18 at 7:00 pm

  473. I can confirm that Urban Grill on Lake Murray Blvd. is no more. The street sign is down and there is some dumpster/pods like thing next to the building. I wonder if the closing has to do with the owners legal woes?


    30 Oct 18 at 7:28 pm

  474. Ted Dummy and Antoinette turned this into chat room and they did not know it ill consider them having them back.

    Hack Man

    1 Nov 18 at 12:09 pm

  475. Some back and forth is fine. What we had then was.. not fine.


    1 Nov 18 at 10:58 pm

  476. There is something going on at Levi's Lake House (formerly Bentleys, formerly The Dam Bar and Grill). Twice this week ive driven by around 730 PM and the place is closed and there are a bunch of work vans outside. Their Facebook is no longer showing on the first page of Google searches, i had to go to the third page of results to find it. And even then it was just a link to a single post that allowed me to click on thru to the main page. The FB was updated pretty much daily until Oct 26, and then nothing since.

    Maybe they are doing some renovations? Or did they have a fire or something? Another divorce? Tornado? Flood? Volcano?


    2 Nov 18 at 6:30 am

  477. IrmoJeff - Please take this for what it's worth but word around the Facebook is that the person that owns the Levi's property raised the rent so the current owners left and it will be opened under a new name shortly. Some say it will be a steakhouse which doesn't bode well, as it will probably soon join the ranks of Daddy Mac's, Mr. D's, Ryan's, Golden Coral, Quincy's and Prime.


    2 Nov 18 at 8:39 am

  478. I hate that Antionette told his email to Dummy I think we should only let one of them back so we dont form another Dummy/Antionette program.

    Hack Man

    3 Nov 18 at 3:20 pm

  479. Heard something interesting from someone who used to run a business (which I am not going to name) in the Harbison strip mall where Outback Steak House is. Besides charging high rents the landlord had a crazy policy where the water bill was covered in the rent with a $75 handling charge. Given the fact their water bill was only $6 a month they understandably felt it was a rip off. This was one of the reason they closed shop


    4 Nov 18 at 9:15 am

  480. Manifest Columbia is closing. Currently located in the Boozer Shopping Center, the record store, opened in 1985, will remain in business through late January.


    4 Nov 18 at 11:15 am

  481. Sad to hear about Manifest.
    I remember when they were on main street next to the mayflower.Before that Sid had a guitar/amp store at Midlands shopping center. As a kid I would go in and look longingly at the beautiful American made Hamer guitars hanging on the wall.
    I still have my studded leather guitar strap that I bought from there.


    4 Nov 18 at 3:22 pm

  482. With Manifest closing, that'll only leave Tim/Papa Jazz left as the lone record store..but then again, things never stay the same. I personally miss School Kids Records when it was in 5 points in the 70's to early or so 80's.


    4 Nov 18 at 4:05 pm

  483. @Del. There is still Scratch and Spin in Triangle City in Wet Columbia. The place is tiny and cramped, but it has a good selection and a friendly staff.


    5 Nov 18 at 11:21 am

  484. Just learned that Delaney's in Five Points will shut their doors for good on November 30.


    5 Nov 18 at 1:37 pm

  485. Tom, I had forgotten about that tiny little store. Papa Jazz used to be good at one time, but not impressed with their cheap prices in cash Non Beatles Lp's..and then you really dont get much for those either. I miss X-Records that Ron Marsh used to have in 5 points in the 80's. School Kids records was the only other one to give Ron some competition. But things dont stay the same unfortunately. I guess that shows my age since I grew up in the age of vinyl lp's 45's and 78's.


    5 Nov 18 at 2:26 pm

  486. Speaking of Manifest Records, when they/it used to be on North Main St. , didnt it occupy the old Hippie/Anti Establishment hang out The UFO? Or was that next to them? I dont remember now because it's been a long time ago. Carl Singmaster who started the place seemed cordial to me, but when he left Columbia, Manifest went down hill and never really did all that good after they moved. I'm curious what's gonna take its place when they close? I dont know who is/was worse when it came giving one a cash deal when you sold your old vinyl lp's and things. Papa Jazz is cheap, but I think Manifest is more-so.


    5 Nov 18 at 2:36 pm

  487. @Hackman... Just stop.


    6 Nov 18 at 9:13 am

  488. Del, I worked with Ron Marsh for a *long* time. He's a truly great human being with an encyclopedic knowledge of music.

    Ted, while I'm sure you know this, the post at 5 Nov 18 @ 6:53 was not made by me. That makes the 2nd time someone has posted using my handle. I don't want any confusion or anyone saying things that could be attributed to me. Anything you can do to clear this up, sir?

    Lone Wolf

    6 Nov 18 at 12:15 pm

  489. and once again speaking of Manifest and other am-was Record Stores, there was Budget Records and tapes across from USC on Green St, and The Prism in Charleston on King Street that was owned/run by Billy/Fred Arnold. When Rich originally ran Papa Jazz, I think there was a better selection of Vinyl, and the same goes for Carl Singmaster when he was running Manifest on North Main. But things change and dont stay the same. I'm from the record crowd of the late 70's and early 80's, so I remember a lot of places that dont exist now.


    6 Nov 18 at 1:54 pm

  490. and I'm really too young to remember going inside "Merie's" or "Merries" Records at the old Richland Mall..I sort of remember it from the early 60's, but never went in there on my own. There was also a used Record store in Cayce run by Don Mochel for a couple of years that gave some good competition to Papa Jazz.


    6 Nov 18 at 2:01 pm

  491. I remember Meries records,used to buy many 33,45s and posters there. Mr poppers was next door....I can still remember the smell


    6 Nov 18 at 7:04 pm

  492. It was Meri's Record Shop.

    I can only recall buying two records there, both 45 singles:

    Honkin' Down The Highway by the Beach Boys, which was certainly not the best song off the Love You album, and did not chart.


    Green Plant by Majic Ship on The Tokens BT Puppy label and produced by The Tokens. I have no idea why this was in the shop as it was apparently released in 1968 (and went nowhere) and it would have been years later that I found it.

    Meri's also had a space in Belk's in Columbia Mall and this is where I found Jan & Dean's "Gotta Take That One Last Ride" a double LP with a number of (at the time) rare tracks.


    6 Nov 18 at 11:53 pm

  493. Meri's was a great record shop and it always seemed to be well organized. I used to like to pick up the weekly WCOS top 40 listings there.

    Does anyone recall another record store on South Main just a block from the capitol building? They operated there in the late 70s.

    How many people gave their record collection a shot in the arm with the 11 records for a penny deal through the Columbia Record Club?

    Joe Shlabotnik

    7 Nov 18 at 1:56 am

  494. Oh man, Columbia House Record Club!

    I bit that loss leader. Sure those penny records were fine, and the actual record prices for the remainder that you had to buy to live up to your enrolement commitment weren't awful (they weren't a fantastic bargain either), but the shipping charges just ate you up and made it an *awful* deal on an ongoing basis. I'm not sure you ever really came out ahead, but certainly not if you stayed in the club after your initial period. But getting out was hard. I think I was still getting "Please come back" letters ten years after quitting.


    7 Nov 18 at 10:30 pm

  495. Delaney's Pub in Five Points announces closing end of November


    9 Nov 18 at 12:01 pm

  496. What a shame Manifest is closing. I remember when they opened one on Ashley Blvd in N. Charleston near Citadel Mall in the late '80s. As a kid though growing up in NE Columbia in the '70s and '80s we mostly went to Record Bar in Columbia Mall, Sounds Familiar, one I can't remember that was in Decker Mall. I want to say that Kroger Sav-On at Decker Mall also sold records and is where I bought Motley Crue's "Shout at the Devil". Maybe it was Gold Circle (precursor to Target with ugly dark brown and gold colors) at Decker Mall, but I want to say Kroger.
    Musicland sucked and was always over priced.
    Peaches in 5 points always seemed overpriced too, but how many of you have their wooden record holder crates with the Peaches logo on it.
    I remember taping a penny to the Columbia House record club application and mailing it off with my selections. It was like Christmas when that package arrived.


    9 Nov 18 at 3:57 pm

  497. Consumer Feed and Seed in Lexington, posted on their Facebook page that they will be closing on December 28 after being in business for the last 61 years. Their address is 525 Columbia Ave, next to the Sears Home store.


    13 Nov 18 at 10:06 pm

  498. Consumer Feed and Seed in Lexington has a sign out front that saying their last day will be December 28. This is next to the Sears Outlet and CostLess on Columbia Avenue.

    James R

    15 Nov 18 at 9:09 am

  499. The is for the what it is worth department Kershaw Tire Inc No 2
    727 Knox Abbott Dr, Cayce definitely closed. Considering the building is no longer there.

    George H

    15 Nov 18 at 10:36 am

  500. This is a shout out to Ted. I have been reading and following this site since it was created in 2008 and wanted to thank you for starting it. I wanted to express my appreciation in your efforts and work in putting together this wonderful forum of great memories and melancholy of times gone by.

    George H

    15 Nov 18 at 10:46 am

  501. Today I noticed signage that Fallas at East Forest Plaza (Forest Drive & I-77) is closing up shop...


    17 Nov 18 at 12:10 am

  502. Should all that in noting the Fallas closing I saw guys on Forest Drive with liquidation signage in hand...


    17 Nov 18 at 4:14 pm

  503. The For Lease signs are gone from the old Ryan’s building on Bower Parkway. There was a dumpster out front and workers were cleaning out a bunch of boxes earlier today. Anyone know if they are tearing the building down or is something else opening here?

    James R

    17 Nov 18 at 6:12 pm

  504. Happy Thanksgiving all


    21 Nov 18 at 8:51 pm

  505. Rue21. on Sunset will be closing in January Starting November 29th, they are starting a liquidation sale until they close shop.


    28 Nov 18 at 7:41 pm

  506. Does anyone happen to know what the name of the old Hotel/Motel on Ft. Jackson/Jackson Blvd. across from the old Kmart building was? I never knew the name of it, and curious as to if someone would know. I know it's been several things since then, but no clue to the original name of the place.


    29 Nov 18 at 11:27 pm

  507. Wasn't it "Marlboro Inn"?


    30 Nov 18 at 12:01 am

  508. Thanks..I think that was it.


    2 Dec 18 at 1:31 am

  509. Dec 03, 2018

    Mungo Homes, founded in Columbia in 1954, has been acquired by Clayton Properties Group, a division of Clayton Home Building group and a Berkshire Hathaway company.

    Mungo, which builds houses in eight markets in South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia and Alabama, sold more than 1,800 homes in 2017 and is projected to close on approximately 1,900 homes in 2018, according to a news release.

    Clayton Properties Group, which builds in 11 states, is on pace to build more than 4,200 homes this year, the release said. Mungo is the eighth acquisition for the company and third in 2018.

    Joe Shlabotnik

    4 Dec 18 at 9:42 pm

  510. The Ruby Tuesday on Devine St near Whole Foods has closed.


    6 Dec 18 at 10:54 am

  511. I can see that (Ruby Tuesday closing). They have another a few miles down the street but don't have any on the Northeast side of town. Not that I would go if there was one. I don't care for their food. But I could see them moving into the old O'Charley's building on Two Notch.

    OAN, I wish Outback would open up in Sandhills in the old Arizona's building. The one on Two Notch has gone downhill so much in the last few years.


    6 Dec 18 at 2:24 pm

  512. Sidney, how has it gone down hill if they just renovated it. Instead of moving it to Sandhill, why don't you voice your concerns to corporate so others can have a great experience.


    9 Dec 18 at 2:35 pm

  513. Quick Stop & Go III at the corner of St.Andrews and Piney Grove has been razed along with a couple of other businesses. I don’t remember what thise other businesses were though. I think one was a auto repair shop. It sat beside/behind the Qucik Stop & Go III facing Piney Grove.

    James R

    9 Dec 18 at 3:30 pm

  514. Manifest (used record and CD store) on Bush River by Dutch Square has a store closing sign out front.

    James R

    9 Dec 18 at 3:34 pm

  515. James R, the demolition of the Quick Stop & Go III has been mentioned in the Seven Oaks Auto Repair & Tires page as that is one the buildings impacted by all of this (details as to what is coming soon to this site have been mentioned there)...

    Manifest's closing was mentioned a few weeks back as well (but hasn't featured here yet)...


    9 Dec 18 at 11:24 pm

  516. ColumbiaGuy - the service (not the physical appearance) has gone down. Me and my friends used to go there every Friday and Saturday night for about 2 years. Service was always quick. The last time I went (a few weeks ago) the service was slow, the shrimp (all you can eat) was not cold but it wasn't warm either. The drinks took forever and there wasn't many people at the bar. The issue that night with the drinks was that the bartender was talking too much to the servers. My friends that used to go with me had the same experience the last few times they went also.

    I voiced my opinion to the manager and the young lady didn't get my usual 20% tip and I told her why.


    10 Dec 18 at 9:07 am

  517. Heath

    12 Dec 18 at 12:47 pm

  518. The headline in yesterday's edition of The State read "Popular Columbia taco shop shuttering its doors", referring to the White Duck Taco Shop.

    Three paragraphs down the kitchen manager stated "If we get enough people in here to pay the bills to stay open, we'll stay open. But as of right now, we don't have it."

    So just how popular could it be?

    Joe Shlabotnik

    15 Dec 18 at 4:31 am

  519. I always found the name 'White Duck Taco Shop' to be strange....


    16 Dec 18 at 11:28 pm

  520. Columbia Appliance & Service at 8708 Two Notch Road appears to be closing. Most of the stock is gone and a sign indicates the building is for lease.


    17 Dec 18 at 7:55 am

  521. I don't know about everyone else, but if I see that a restaurant is "shuttering its doors", I am not going to go out of my way to try it. If the owner is really hoping to stay open, that headline did a real disservice.


    17 Dec 18 at 3:01 pm

  522. There's a lot of people that try and start up, or "run" somekind of store or food store/fast food, or small business, but if they dont posses a business mind, or dont know how to promote and advertise their particular business, then it will fail eventually. It's also about Location, Location, Location. Do research on your demographics and areas around town before you build or whatever. But when you dont have faith in your own thing, then it's a waste of money, time and effort. There's been a lot of failed things here in Columbia over the years due to various reasons, but that's life.


    17 Dec 18 at 7:21 pm

  523. God’s Blessing Cafe at 1801 Main Street (Jefferson Square -followip to The Palmetto Hrill and The Lunch Box) will close at the end of business today (December 21). They also run a catering business under the same name. I do not know if the catering business will remain open or not.

    James R

    21 Dec 18 at 1:57 pm

  524. Merry Christmas to all!!!!!


    25 Dec 18 at 11:30 pm

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