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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.

    Arthur

    1 Jan 18 at 6:59 pm

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

    Homer

    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.

    gofinsc

    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.

    Sidney

    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 drugstore.com.

    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.

    Sidney

    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).

    ted

    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.).

    https://www.free-times.com/restaurants/nibbles-and-sips/kc-hotdogs-shuts-down/article_37e33528-f495-11e7-9c27-df14ba9ad109.html

    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...

    Andrew

    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...

    Andrew

    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).

    Matt

    10 Jan 18 at 11:41 am

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

    Matt

    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.

    ED

    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...

    Andrew

    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.

    badger

    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)

    Toby

    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...

    Andrew

    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.

    Mike

    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...

    Andrew

    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))...

    Andrew

    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.

    Sidney

    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.

    Sidney

    14 Jan 18 at 12:01 am

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

    Tom

    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.

    Knight

    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....

    Homer

    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)...it 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.

    Andrew

    16 Jan 18 at 8:58 pm

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

    Knight

    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.

    Knight

    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.

    Knight

    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.

    Homer

    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

    Andrew

    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.

    ted

    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.

    Tom

    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)

    ted

    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.

    Tom

    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.

    Homer

    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.

    Homer

    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??

    Andrew

    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'.

    Homer

    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.

    Matt

    22 Jan 18 at 10:08 am

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