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Written by ted on February 3rd, 2019

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  1. The Circle K at the corner of Park Terrace and Harbison Blvd has suddenly closed!! Possibly because a new location is being built at corner of ST Andrews and Piney Grove?


    2 Jan 19 at 8:40 am

  2. A post over at the Columbia section of the City-Data site says the Harbison Circle K will be knocked down and replaced with a bigger modern Circle K.

    Jodie Peeler

    2 Jan 19 at 3:39 pm

  3. I found your site and love this place. So many childhood memories. I posted a few minutes earlier, found your posts on Red Wing Rollerway and, man, THAT was my childhood every summer. It's so sad to see it go. Those demo photos hurt in the feels, and I would have paid good money for one of those diner booths for my home but, that happens.

    Anyway, I couldn't find anything on Brendle's. It was near the old Richway/Gold Circle/(and now) Target on Garners Ferry. I think there were a couple of others in the city as well, but that's the one I was familiar with. Sorry, I don't have any photos but it was in the same strip mall as Target, Chic-fil-a and some other stores I can't recall.

    Richard H

    2 Jan 19 at 9:51 pm

  4. @Richard H --

    Hmm, hadn't thought about Brendle's in a while, and never went into one that I can recall. This article suggests they closed the Columbia stores in 1993 as a bankruptcy downsizing, and Wikipedia says they went bust again in 1996 and decided to dissolve the chain at that point.


    3 Jan 19 at 1:09 am

  5. If I'm not mistaken, Brendles was the first tenant in the large space beside Outback Steak House on Harbison, in the same area most recently occupied by Babies-r-us.


    3 Jan 19 at 10:55 am

  6. I think Heath is right about Brendles being on Harbison but weren't they also the follow up store after Service Merchandise left at the location on Diamond Lane?


    3 Jan 19 at 5:21 pm

  7. ted

    3 Jan 19 at 8:02 pm

  8. I don't remember Brendle's but I do remember coming across a price tag when I was in 5th grade from them but I now know they had gone belly up several years before then. Be that as it may, I do remember the space at Harbison Court where Babies R Us recently closed having a sprting goods store (this was before Bower Parkway) but I don't know what it was called.

    I actually remember Service Merchandise on Diamond Lane and shopping there. The whole Service Merchandise company liquidated in 2002 and Brendle's had gone under by that point. The Service Merchandise sat vacant for years until Word of God Church & Ministries bought the property and moved in (which is discussed on the Service Merchandise page).

    As for the Circle K at Harbison and Park Terrace, I have a feeling that such was to rebuild the store...I wonder how the Subway behind it (which I remember being a car was at one point) will turn out in this (I wound't be surprised if it winds up being razed)...


    3 Jan 19 at 9:07 pm

  9. @ED. Brendles was at Dutch Square in the old Wolco, now Burlington/Office Depot location.


    4 Jan 19 at 6:36 am

  10. Actually Brendles was around when I worked at Service Mdse. in the early 1980's. Brendles took over a small side portion of the old Woolco store. But Brendles didnt last long at was very small on the inside. It gave Service Mdse. a little competition, but not much. I never remember Brendles being anywhere else but Dutch Square Mall.


    4 Jan 19 at 5:25 pm

  11. Richard, I believe Brendle's on Garners Ferry was in East Pointe Plaza, the original home of WalMart in east Columbia.

    Joe Shlabotnik

    4 Jan 19 at 8:22 pm

  12. Hi....for some odd reason I thought of the old Columbia Athletic Club and googled it, and I ended up here ! I was in Columbia during the mid 80's for grad school and still try to hit a football game (or the 5 Points party.....or both !) every year. Doesn't look like you touched on a place called Wits End. Do you remember that place? They had open bar happy hour every Friday for members !
    Thanks !

    Leonard Shustack

    5 Jan 19 at 3:39 pm

  13. Leonard,
    Check the entry for the Salsa Cabana. It was in the former location of the Wit's End at 2005 N. Beltline Blvd.

    Midnight Rambler

    7 Jan 19 at 9:25 pm

  14. I was driving out Dreher Shoals Road in Irmo (might be Dutch Fork or Ballentine in that area) on Saturday and saw that Beef O'Brady's had closed. This was in the Publix plaza next to Alodia's. Did not really surprise me. We had eatne there on a few occasions and they were inconsistent at best. One visit would be the best meal, the next would fail to meet expectations. It appears something else has already opened in that location, but I was unable to read the new sign from the road.

    James R

    8 Jan 19 at 2:56 pm

  15. Has anyone mentioned that WG Wings on St. Andrew's Rd. has closed. A friend of mine told me about it this evening.


    8 Jan 19 at 7:15 pm

  16. The State Paper is reporting that The Backpacker will close after 45 years in business. This store outlasted most of it's competition, including Dunham's and Moe Levy's.


    9 Jan 19 at 3:00 pm

  17. This may have been talked about before, but I'm trying to find out about a diner that was on North Beltline back in the mid-80s. It was right across the street from the Biltmore apartments, right around the corner from Falcon Drive (A.C. Flora High School). I think it may have been in the same building where J.Peters restaurant is now. Does anybody remember this?


    10 Jan 19 at 11:49 am

  18. Cam: Are you possibly referring to "Brights". Brights was close by, but not actually in that location.


    10 Jan 19 at 3:51 pm

  19. @Badger, not sure of the name, I was a kid in the mid-80s, and I don’t remember the diner being there after maybe 1985 or so. All I can remember now is big glass windows facing Beltline all along the front of the diner. I believe the entrance was on the right side of the building, kitchen was behind the “bar top”, directly across from the big windows. I know it wasn’t the building where Casa Linda’s is, that was the Mandarin Chinese restaurant back then, and has been Mexican restaurants since. I was wondering if the JPeters/Salsa Cabana/ Original Pancake House building had maybe been repurposed from the diner. Seems like the diner would have taken up that whole building at one time, if it’s the same one. I’ll check out the Brights page on here. Thanks Badger.


    11 Jan 19 at 3:47 am

  20. Well, don’t see a page for a Brights diner on here. I’ll keep digging around, see if I can come up with any info. I have fond memories of that diner, I remember really liking the food, even though I was young and finicky back then.


    11 Jan 19 at 3:54 am

  21. Cam: I mentioned 'Brights' some years earlier in this Pizza Hut closing. My memory was a little fresher back then. :


    11 Jan 19 at 11:41 am

  22. As reported earlier today Amazon is looking into buying some of the closed Sears locations and turning them into Whole Foods stores.

    If they were to do this do you think some of the other businesses that like to tag along near Whole Foods would move in nearby and revitalize sections of some malls?

    Joe Shlabotnik

    11 Jan 19 at 11:48 am

  23. @Badger, Thanks, apparently Brights was in a long gone building closer to Falcon Drive.

    @Joe Shlabotnick, I can see Amazon building a Whole Foods out closer to Clemson Road and Sandhills, but I highly doubt they would repurpose any part (Sears included) of Columbia Mall. I took my kids there about 10 days before Christmas. It is definitely a shell of its former self. I could see Amazon possibly repurposing the Sears at Columbiana, but we shall see.


    11 Jan 19 at 2:17 pm

  24. just read on there fb page chocolate nirvana closed


    11 Jan 19 at 8:16 pm

  25. Not a closing but a passing away. For those of us old enough to remember, this man was responsible for developing and promoting the Columbia Record Club, the 1-800 toll-free number for businesses, the magazine subscription card, and the US postal ZIP code system.

    RIP Lester Wunderman, an American visionary.

    It is amazing how some people can see the future and then make it happen.

    Joe Shlabotnik

    12 Jan 19 at 3:06 am

  26. Manifest on Broad River is closing if not closed already. going out of business sales since before christmas

    Kabuto Grill at Parklane and O'Neill Ct closed
    they had great food... too bad


    12 Jan 19 at 11:04 pm

  27. Manifest's last day is supposed to be the 26th.


    13 Jan 19 at 7:43 am

  28. Not a closing but an opening. Looks like there will be a gas station at the corner of Longtown and Killian. I wouldn't be surprised if it is a Sharpes Shop.


    13 Jan 19 at 10:33 am

  29. 32 Degrees in Trenholm Plaza is closing or may have already closed.

    The Cafe inside 1201 Main has closed and been replaced by something that is only open 1 day a week. I heard that 1201 Main's owners got free rent due to the building owner's seeing the restaurant as an amenity.


    13 Jan 19 at 10:41 pm

  30. With Manifest, I remember when it first opened and Carl Singmaster was manager. I think it was in the old UFO Hippie Hangout building from the 60's and early 70's on North Main St. There's really no good used record stores anymore. I miss School Kids Records in 5 Points.


    14 Jan 19 at 1:51 am

  31. Portfolio Art Gallery in Five Points will be closing at the end of February.


    16 Jan 19 at 10:33 am

  32. The Eagles Cleaners in Lexington (2 doors down from Chocolate Money) Suite A, has closed. High rent district? They apparently have another location in Chapin...that's a little out of my way. Off to find a new dry cleaner.


    17 Jan 19 at 10:58 am

  33. There is a Planet Fitness going in the old Crossings strip mall on the corner of Clemson and Hardscrabble next to the McDonalds.


    18 Jan 19 at 6:13 pm

  34. Figured I would throw this out here, and hope for the best. Does anyone have any idea where to find pictures of the interior of the long-closed Annabelle’s Restaurant in Columbia Mall (Place)? Annabelle’s has been mentioned on here (years ago), but there were no pictures of the interior. I have searched the internet to no avail. It’s been almost 25 years since I set foot in there, and although I went there many times with friends and family, my memory of the place gets foggier as the years pass.


    24 Jan 19 at 10:49 pm

  35. @Cam, I am sure you know this but there is actually still an Annabelle's in New Bern, NC. From their Wiki article, it sounds like that this location stayed open after the company went out of business. Looking at pics on Google, the restaurant looks similar to the one at Dutch Square and Columbia Mall. Same signage and the it has an upstairs. No sign of a salad bar though.


    28 Jan 19 at 5:50 pm

  36. @Ed, thank you, I appreciate the info. I did find pics of the New Bern Annabelle’s when I Google searched. That restaurant does not resemble entirely the one in Columbia Mall from what I can remember, as there were several different “themed” areas in the Columbia Mall Annabelle’s. The New Bern restaurant looks a little more mundane. At Columbia Mall, there was a section that looked like a jail cell, with at least two tables in it. When you entered the restaurant, to the left and down a couple of steps, there was a section that was set up with a nautical theme, and it almost felt like a completely different restaurant from the rest of the place. If you walked straight in and went directly forward, there was an area that was set up like an outdoor patio or something of the sort. The upstairs area was all fairly consistent, except for one table that sat by itself on an overhang near the entrance. It was a unique place, and I haven’t found anywhere else quite like it (Applegate’s Landing was close, but long gone too). Anyways, thanks for your comment. Reminiscing is great!


    29 Jan 19 at 6:18 am

  37. Sam's Fine Wine and Spirits on Killian is closed and boarded up. The location is still on their website. Google Maps already has them noted as permanently closed thought. Too bad. I needed that Sam's package store to deal with a certain nearby dealership. :)


    1 Feb 19 at 9:03 pm

  38. Sam's closed because Killian Spirits opened up. Sue and Doug from Sumter were waiting for the traffic light to be put in place to open up their "Mega" liquor store. It's smaller inside than it looks from the outside. Sue is a very nice little Korean lady that I met the first time I went in there. Prices are pretty good. Of course nobody can beat Greene's but they do beat the little mom and pop liquor stores in the area. They have beer, wine and liquor.


    2 Feb 19 at 10:43 am

  39. I saw a sign for a restaurant space available in the Shoppes at Flight Deck, in Lexington. Looks like Arkos has closed. That space has been several restaurants.... nothing seems to survive. No street frontage so I guess it's a tough sell.
    Papa Gio's seems to be doing well... I love it back when it was Brixx. Soon to see what comes to Arkos.


    5 Feb 19 at 1:43 pm

  40. The old baseball stadium on Assembly Street is scheduled for demolition soon. I saw a lot of future major leaguers play there and had a some great times with friends and former team mates watching the games.

    Sunshine, hotdogs, beer, peeing in a trough....pretty close to heaven.

    Joe Shlabotnik

    6 Feb 19 at 3:00 am

  41. Yeah, I hope Ted can do a post on it before it's gone.


    7 Feb 19 at 6:05 pm

  42. Frank Robinson, one of the greatest players of all time, passed away yesterday. He played in this stadium before being called up to the big club by the Reds in the '50s.

    Joe Shlabotnik

    8 Feb 19 at 3:56 am

  43. NBC is reporting that Payless Shoe Source is in its second bankruptcy and trying to find some buyers. If it fails to do so it could close all of its 2700 stores nationwide


    8 Feb 19 at 1:44 pm

  44. Ted have you seen ?
    It's a "still open" site rather than a "closed" site.
    How can it not have any info about Columbia SC?


    11 Feb 19 at 4:44 pm

  45. I've visited from time to time. I get some traffic from links on their site.


    12 Feb 19 at 7:41 pm

  46. The urgent care on Forest Drive (across the street from Jack Oliver and the cleaners) has a For Lease sign in front of it. I had noticed for more than a month that there never seemed to be anyone there. I had also used them several times. It was hit or miss on getting a doctor that was any good.


    13 Feb 19 at 10:40 am

  47. ^^Similarly, the Doctor's Care on South Beltline, near Midlands Tech and the Lizard's Thicket, is now a vet, I think.


    14 Feb 19 at 5:19 am

  48. The Doctor's Care badger mentioned moved into a new building where Pizza Man was and such ahs been noted on that page of several cases where Doctor's Care has moved into a new nearby location.


    14 Feb 19 at 5:08 pm

  49. @Matt -- I went to take some pictures, and it looks like that Urgent Care is still open, though their space is up for lease. I guess they will probably stay until their term expires and close then.


    15 Feb 19 at 12:29 am

  50. It's official. Payless Shoes is closing all its stores.


    16 Feb 19 at 3:15 pm

  51. After seeing Tom's notion of the Payless Shoe Store liquidation I checked and determined that the following trio comprise the remaining ones in the area:

    1. #3845: Columbia Place Mall (7201 Two Notch Road)
    2. #993: East Forest Plaza (5422 Forest Drive, Ste. 102)
    3. #5232: 713 West Main Street (Lexington)

    So as the liqudation unfolds they're liable to feature here (in due course)...


    16 Feb 19 at 4:09 pm

  52. Local talk is that former Wells Fargo Branch in front of closed BI-LO at Two Notch and Rabon will become Starbucks.


    18 Feb 19 at 6:56 am

  53. I noticed while running downtown the other day that the salon, The Color Amber, in the Claire Tower is closed.


    18 Feb 19 at 6:57 am

  54. Riding through Sandhills Saturday evening and noticed 2 stores will be closing. Things Remembered and Crazy 8. They are right across from each other. Sandhills will be a ghost town probably within 10 years. I thought Killian Station was going to put them under, but it doesn't look like they are going have any stores, only restaurants and coffee shops.


    18 Feb 19 at 8:33 am

  55. Sedgewood Golf Course on Garners Ferry Road closed down after the first of the year. I believe it was built in the mid '60s.

    Maybe Richland County will buy it and provide some necessary upgrades.

    Joe Shlabotnik

    19 Feb 19 at 9:12 am

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