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Written by ted on January 14th, 2020

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  1. World Market is closing January (i think) 25th in Sandhills. Everything is on sale now.

    Sidney

    1 Jan 20 at 11:02 am

  2. Casa Linda Mexican restaurant in the Harbison Area on Columbiana Drive has announced that 12/31 was their last day in business. Apparently they opted not to renew their lease. I tried the place a few times, and thought it was good - but preferred other Mexican restaurants in the area.

    https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=3415434808498464&id=139140082794636

    Heath

    3 Jan 20 at 11:00 pm

  3. Diablo’s on Killian Road has “relocated” to Aiken. Slightly better options than some other burrito joints but much worse service.

    Shut it down

    5 Jan 20 at 11:34 am

  4. USA Today published an article that states up to 450 Pier One stores will be closing. No individual locations were listed.

    Joe Shlabotnik

    6 Jan 20 at 10:18 pm

  5. Harbison Pier One is closing. Percentage off signs in all the windows.

    JCB

    9 Jan 20 at 8:02 am

  6. So it appears that the cosing of Casa Linda on Columbiana Drive was more of an ownership change. According to their Facebook page, they have new owners and management, and it's now called El Patron.

    Heath

    9 Jan 20 at 9:53 am

  7. Hey I have a few pics of K-Mart, and of The old Ryan's in West Columbia, where should I send them?

    Mr. Bill

    9 Jan 20 at 1:56 pm

  8. closings at columbiaclosings dot cmo

    ted

    9 Jan 20 at 2:10 pm

  9. The Mousetrap's facebook page says they are permanently closed.

    Badger

    13 Jan 20 at 7:04 pm

  10. WoW

    The trap is closed

    John

    13 Jan 20 at 8:33 pm

  11. I hate to hear about the Mousetrap. I've heard a lot of good things about it, but never made it over there to try it out.

    Heath

    13 Jan 20 at 9:05 pm

  12. Seafood Connection on Lake Murray Blvd has closed.

    Mr.Hat

    17 Jan 20 at 10:53 am

  13. @Mr. Hat, that place certainly did not last long!

    Tom

    19 Jan 20 at 10:02 am

  14. Hi everyone...
    The State online is reporting that the owners of Yesterday's, Darrell Barnes and brothers Scott & Duncan MacRae have sold the building and the adjacent parking lot to a friend. They will still own the business and 'promise' that nothing will change.

    Let's see......

    https://www.thestate.com/news/local/article239487993.html?

    Homer

    21 Jan 20 at 6:01 pm

  15. Freesia on Clemson / Killian Rd across from Murphy's gas station has closed.

    Sidney

    21 Jan 20 at 10:10 pm

  16. The State, and other outlets, are reporting that the Harbison location of Pier One is closing.

    Heath

    24 Jan 20 at 2:17 pm

  17. Looks like Hardee's on Parklane is closed.

    Sidney

    26 Jan 20 at 1:40 pm

  18. Jet Fuel on Barr Rd in Lexington is closed. This place was a mess. It started up nice, had coffee, beer growlers and quickly went downhill. Decent beer/wine selection. What really irritates a lot of folks is that the place had a long, protracted opening as some nearby neighbors fought the liquor license. Hopefully something better will open in its spot.

    Andy

    27 Jan 20 at 1:43 pm

  19. Sub Station II on St. Andrew's Rd next to WG's wings looks to be closed.

    Arthur

    27 Jan 20 at 3:43 pm

  20. Victoria’s Secret has closed in Columbia Place Mall. It makes sense to do this to help boost sales at Village at Sandhill.

    Rashaad Egister

    30 Jan 20 at 11:31 pm

  21. I went to the Belks at Richland Mall yesterday and noticed a sign on the door that they had significantly shorten the store hours for the month of January.
    I don't know if this was just temporary, but given that there was a lot of clearance merchandise and hardly any customers, or sales staff in there, I suspect that it days may be numbered.

    Tom

    2 Feb 20 at 6:54 am

  22. The LugNutz DIY Auto Repair Shop closed last month. My friend's father was the owner, and they actually started doing good business a few months ago. Sadly, this wasn't enough, as they got off to a slow start and couldn't pay all of their bills in time. The building is located at 909 Leesburg Road, next to the old Parklane Seafood.

    Paul

    2 Feb 20 at 9:50 am

  23. Tom - Wow. If Belk closes, I wonder how long the Barnes & Noble will stay open.

    Robin

    2 Feb 20 at 9:41 pm

  24. Last several times I've been in Richland Mall's Belk I've noticed that about a third of the upstairs is curtained off (I remember Sears at Columbia Place Mall doing something similar)...

    Andrew

    2 Feb 20 at 11:36 pm

  25. Looking at their website, it seems those "temporary hours" may be permanent:

    Store Hours
    Monday
    11AM - 8PM*
    Tuesday
    11AM - 8PM*
    Wednesday
    11AM - 8PM*
    Thursday
    11AM - 8PM*
    Friday
    10AM - 8PM*
    Saturday
    10AM - 8PM*
    Sunday
    1PM - 5PM

    Tom

    3 Feb 20 at 7:11 am

  26. Just saw on Facebook that Earth Fare is closing all of its stores, including the one on Devine Street.

    Beth

    3 Feb 20 at 11:22 am

  27. The state is reporting all earth fare stores are closing.

    MB

    3 Feb 20 at 11:22 am

  28. Bone-In Barbecue (next to Fireflies' stadium) is transitioning from a regular restaurant to a special events/catering-only place.

    Beth

    4 Feb 20 at 2:13 pm

  29. Macy's announced that they will closing 125 store in the "weakest malls" and cut 2000 jobs overall. No list of closings was given, but I would bet Columbia Mall will be on it.

    Tom

    5 Feb 20 at 6:48 am

  30. Normally I would bet that way as well. The only mitigator is that this is Macy's only South Carolina store. If they close it, they are abandoning the state entirely. Maybe they are ready to do that, but maybe not.

    If the county presence ever gets going and stabalizes the property, that would help.

    ted

    5 Feb 20 at 11:49 pm

  31. Let me shed some light on Macy's at Columbia Place Mall.

    Originally the space they occupy was given to them. So there's no cost to run that store other than the typical store expenses. This is why that store has not relocated to Sandhill or Columbiana.

    Macy's does have another store in South Carolina at Haywood Mall and it opened in 1980 just two years after the Columbia Place store. Macy's really has to be under-performing to close the only (paid in full for the property) location they have in Columbia.

    With that being said, our greedy legislators in Richland County Council have tried several times to force them to close. If anything we need to fight to keep our only Columbia store open.

    If you don't remember Macy's closed the downtown store in the early 90s and a plan to relocate to Dutch Square never happened because of their previous bankruptcy. If it weren't for Rich's at Columbia Place we wouldn't have a Macy's now.

    Macy's has been approached by Charleston, Myrtle Beach and other areas for relocation and thus far they've been reluctant.

    Rashaad

    6 Feb 20 at 6:21 pm

  32. @Rashaad -- Interesting. Sorry for the bad info -- if you type "South Carolina" into their store locator, Columbia is all that comes up. You have to go to advanced search for some reason..

    ted

    6 Feb 20 at 8:27 pm

  33. ColaDaily is reporting that Fuddruckers on Bush River Rd. has closed. The last couple of times we went here, it wasn't as good as it used to be - so I'm not surprised. I hate to see it go though, it had a cool vibe that took me back to my youth eating at the Spartanburg location in the 80s.

    https://www.coladaily.com/business/fuddruckers-on-bush-river-road-closes-after-years/article_1b19a26c-49cd-11ea-9464-4f916ad34c20.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=user-share

    Heath

    7 Feb 20 at 12:35 pm

  34. I thought that Fuddruckers opened before 1985, but could be wrong. I want to remember it being there since the late 70's or very early 80's. Anyone know?

    Del

    7 Feb 20 at 2:42 pm

  35. I heard yesterday that Albert's Deli on Parklane is closing as of Friday Feb. 14th....

    Homer

    8 Feb 20 at 3:28 pm

  36. @Del - I grow up around this area and my family went out to eat almost every Friday night in the late 70s and early 80s (most of the time to the Villa). We would have probably tried Fuddruckers if it had been an option, although I could be wrong.

    ED

    9 Feb 20 at 9:47 am

  37. Cola Daily is reporting that Albert's Deli on Parklane has closed.

    Heath

    14 Feb 20 at 1:51 pm

  38. The parent company of The State has filed for bankruptcy protection:
    https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/13/media/mcclatchy-bankruptcy/index.html

    Tom

    15 Feb 20 at 6:18 am

  39. A minor question about restaurants: Recently, it seems that more and more servers will ask at the beginning if everyone's meals will be on the same check. Before they take each person's order, or right after. They do this even if it's just two or three of us. In the past, most of them would not mention payment until everyone had finished eating. I am not necessarily annoyed; just curious about the change.

    Robin

    17 Feb 20 at 12:57 am

  40. Free Times is reporting that Bone-In BBQ in the BullStreet District is closing completely. They had anounced a couple of weeks ago that they were transitioning into an events and catering operation, but now are saying they're totally done. Yet another place I had been planning on trying, but never got around to.

    Heath

    17 Feb 20 at 9:07 pm

  41. @Robin -- I haven't really noticed that one, but if I had to speculate, I would guess that's something servers have to enter into restaurant software to place orders now. Anyone with recent restaurant experience know?

    What I *have* noticed lately is that male servers have started saying 'Gotcha!' after everything I say. I guess the idea that they are attentive is nice, but it's just kinda weird.

    ted

    17 Feb 20 at 11:05 pm

  42. Possible correction on Bone-In BBQ from WLTX - catering will still be available, but the restaurant won't be a venue.

    Heath

    17 Feb 20 at 11:20 pm

  43. @Ted - I've noticed "Gotcha" and similar words. I wonder if it's a new trend for servers and store employees to be more casual. I understand that it's often their attempt at being friendly, but sometimes this is mildly annoying. I.e., cashiers who refer to middle-aged and elderly people as "sweetie pie", "darling", and "honey", in the same syrupy tone that one might use when talking to small children. Granted, I am only in my early 30s, but I've worked in retail and I viewed transactions as business.

    Robin

    18 Feb 20 at 7:37 pm

  44. Robin - you know another server peeve of mine? When they stoop down at your table and look up at you. I really dislike that for some reason.

    Payne

    19 Feb 20 at 10:01 pm

  45. @Payne - Understandable.

    Robin

    20 Feb 20 at 12:44 am

  46. Robin--I've always seemed to notice it more in college towns, when groups of college kids will go out together but be responsible for their own parts of the bill. I think a lot of those restaurant systems are set-up that it's far easier to split everything in advance/as it's entered than to try to separate everything out at the end.

    Justin S.

    23 Feb 20 at 9:52 pm

  47. Carolina Wings & Ribhouse at 1120 Washington Street is gone as of last Saturday (2/29/2020)

    Gary

    3 Mar 20 at 2:36 pm

  48. I hope this was today only, but the Carolina Wings on Fish Hatchery was open only for take-out.

    badger

    5 Mar 20 at 2:28 pm

  49. It has become apparent to me that the Tripp's Fine Cleaners at 655 St. Andrews Road (St. Andrews Square (in front of the CHEF'STORE)) is closing up shop...

    Andrew

    7 Mar 20 at 10:00 pm

  50. Steak ‘n Shake on Killian Road has already closed. Sign on the door says it shut down on 3/8/20. Didn’t make it long at all.

    Shut it Down

    10 Mar 20 at 8:01 pm

  51. This site is about to become quite active

    JohnG

    12 Mar 20 at 6:34 am

  52. I am afraid JohnG may be correct. Even though the Small Business Administration is promising low interest loans, how long will it take to process the loans? Some stores cannot operate more than a month of no business. Leases, insurance, utilities, payroll....$5,000 a month eats into operating capital pretty fast.

    Joe Shlabotnik

    13 Mar 20 at 4:21 am

  53. Cola Daily is reporting that Miyo's in Lexington is closing, and will be replaced by Chipotle.

    Heath

    14 Mar 20 at 10:07 am

  54. All dine in restaurants-Closed.
    Bars-Closed.
    Well that escalated quickly!

    JohnG

    17 Mar 20 at 8:50 pm

  55. Holey moley!

    ted

    17 Mar 20 at 11:16 pm

  56. I've said it before and i will say it again, location, location, location. Steak and Shake was just not in the right place for a lot of traffic. I had never eaten there so it could have been their food. But as a gambling man, I'm putting my money on location.

    Sidney

    23 Mar 20 at 10:08 am

  57. @Sidney- while you may be correct, keep in mind that this is the second Steak N Shake location to come and go in this market, which makes me wonder if there are some deeper rooted problems.

    Tom

    24 Mar 20 at 11:23 am

  58. I'm seeing that Wild Wings Cafe on Bower Parkway in the Harbison area has closed permanently.

    Heath

    24 Mar 20 at 1:26 pm

  59. Know there are probably a million closings to report but apparently Long's Drugs has sold to CVS and some or all of its current locations are closing.

    Beth

    24 Mar 20 at 3:34 pm

  60. As Heath stated, Wild Wing Bower Parkway and Poke Brothers (in the same shopping center) have signs on their doors stating that due to COVID-19 they are closed. Wild Wing's sign asks folks to check out one of the other locations (Vista or NorthEast). No indication on the future of Poke Bros Bower Parkway.

    I would be willing to bet these won't be the only two establishments that see change due to this situation.

    Lone Wolf

    25 Mar 20 at 1:46 pm

  61. WLTX reported that Longs Drugs closed all of its retail pharmacies on March 24. https://www.wltx.com/article/news/local/longs-drugs-pharmacy-closing-retail-locations-cvs/101-b7f2111a-9e74-4158-987c-97d7ab52d237?fbclid=IwAR2-GcTTR27NDs3TpyT1Q5v0x0RQZbGMW0vcFu0ZkXpi3qkFguqU2tHB3nw

    This affects locations in Charleston, Cheraw, Chesterfield, Florence, Columbia (5 locations - Farrow Road, Garner's Ferry [Hopkins], Kilbourne Road, Millwood Avenue, and St. Andrews [Irmo] ), Lexington, Newberry, Pamplico, Ridgeland, and Saluda as well as locations in Georgia and North Carolina.

    JamesR

    26 Mar 20 at 9:39 pm

  62. Zaxby's on Two Notch near the Brickyard is temporarily closed. Sign on Drive Thru reads that computer system was damaged by lightning strike on March 24

    thomas

    29 Mar 20 at 7:29 pm

  63. @JamesR I did see where the Longs drugstores closed about a week ago in Chesterfield and Cheraw. Not sure about the one in Chesterfield, but the one in Cheraw was a local pharmacy up until a few years ago when Longs bought the store from the owner, who had decided to retire. I specifically recall that because a friend of mine came up to Cheraw from Columbia to run some wiring/cabling at that location at the time. That location didn't last long at all.

    sean

    1 Apr 20 at 2:19 pm

  64. @sidney The location if the Steak and Shake wasn’t the problem as much as service and poor management was. The area it is in is highly populated and a lot of the other business there do quite well. The problem with Steak and Shake was that they couldn’t handle the demand and figure out how to handle the inside customers as well as the drive thru. When it takes 20 min to get a shake and 30 min to get your burger it’s never going to keep people coming. Restaurants survive on food quality but thrive on service. If you’re mediocre at both you won’t make it regardless of where you are located.

    Shut it down

    3 Apr 20 at 6:24 pm

  65. Massey's Past Time Cafe, which was the follow on operation to Anthony's Past Time Cafe, is closed at 1425 Sumter St, right across from the hospital.

    Justin

    21 Apr 20 at 10:42 am

  66. Yesterday 's is gone.

    https://www.wistv.com/2020/04/21/yesterdays-restaurant-tavern-closes-its-doors-after-years/

    Sad to see it close.Had some great times there.

    Johng

    21 Apr 20 at 8:13 pm

  67. Renovation is going on at the former site of BiLo in 3 Fountains (West Columbia); anyone know who's moving in?

    Payne

    23 Apr 20 at 9:43 pm

  68. Payne, check out the Bi-Lo #5580 page

    Andrew

    23 Apr 20 at 11:53 pm

  69. Heath

    24 Apr 20 at 10:52 am

  70. This can't go on.

    ted

    24 Apr 20 at 10:09 pm

  71. The Cigar Box in West Columbia has closed their doors. It was, according to the article, pandemic related. However, that business had tried their luck in several locations through the years. Their most recent location had an impressive, newly built outdoor deck and served beer, but still was rarely ever busy.

    https://www.postandcourier.com/free-times/food/west-columbia-tobacco-store-and-lounge-the-cigar-box-closes/article_5119f7b2-856f-11ea-9e01-ef7b8810081e.html

    Lone Wolf

    26 Apr 20 at 8:40 am

  72. The Cigar Box left Columbia for a couple of reasons, including some new outdoor smoking regulations by the City of Columbia - or perhaps some old regulations that were going to be enforced differently. The landlord at the Main St. location, also wanted them out to make way for something different. They spent a ton of money on this location, making it very nice, and probably stretching their finances too thin. The thought was that they were getting in on the ground floor of the next hot area, much like they did with the location on Main St.

    The writing was on the wall for months before the pandemic, as they got rid of all of their employees, leaving the two owners as the only staff, cutting back store hours, and having a limited inventory. Still, it was a promising location that probably moved in to the area a bit too soon.

    Heath

    26 Apr 20 at 1:10 pm

  73. Here's a sobering look at how hard the Coronapocalypse is hitting the restaurant industry. Reading this makes me want to rush to all of my favorite restaurants and support their take-out operations every night for dinner. But, then there's the whole question of how all of this will impact my finances personally, and I feel the need to conserve funds. This is how recessions happen.

    https://www.postandcourier.com/free-times/news/covid19/covid-19-hastened-the-end-for-columbia-s-yesterdays-how-are-other-restaurants-holding-up/article_4b15b4b4-87fe-11ea-bc85-2ff1a5c2686b.html

    Heath

    29 Apr 20 at 10:36 am

  74. Uncle Louie's in the Vista is closed permanently, after 20 years. Can we PLEASE reopen Columbia now??

    https://www.coladaily.com/business/columbias-uncle-louies-closes-permanently-after-20-years/article_f9d0a2ba-8a43-11ea-9f34-5bc20e2233da.html

    Lone Wolf

    29 Apr 20 at 4:36 pm

  75. Lone Wolf,

    On the flip side, Group Therapy can keep their liquor license!! Take that Harpootlian!!!

    https://www.thestate.com/news/local/article242259691.html?

    Homer

    29 Apr 20 at 5:54 pm

  76. The Panera Bread at the Village at Sandhill is closed.

    Mr.Hat

    30 Apr 20 at 7:56 pm

  77. Did the Ruby Tuesday's at Columbiana Center and Dutch Square close? I no longer see them listed on the web site. They were listed as temporarily closed the last few weeks.

    Homer

    1 May 20 at 8:14 pm

  78. @Homer - the location on Columbiana Cir isn't listed either. Google maps shows both of these as "temporarily closed". Maybe they have consolidated the staff into the remaining locations.

    I have noticed that Ruby Tuesday has an interesting model right now, in addition to the normal take out and family meals, they will also have a "Ruby's pantry" section. This includes a variety of items including toilet paper, paper towels, 60 count box of sirloins and a gallon of jalapenos. They started this right when the shutdown began and I thought they might just be selling off what they had on hand but looks like it has continued.

    ED

    1 May 20 at 9:26 pm

  79. My understanding is that one of the problems with the current TP situation is that there is plenty on the janitorial side, since people aren't in restaurants & offices, but that supply chain doesn't connect to retail stores. Looks like some restaurants are making the connection themselves.

    ted

    1 May 20 at 9:34 pm

  80. @ED - the sign on the Columbiana location still says temporarily closed. Talk about interesting models, the Columbiana food court Chick-Fil-A has a kiosk drive-thru set up in the parking lot. Drive up, place your order and they bring it to your car.

    Homer

    2 May 20 at 3:45 pm

  81. We tried to order takeout from Kingsman Brew and Que in Lexington tonight and message said they were closed through the end of the crises. This is bad. I really hope this place can survive - food was awesome, excellent beer selection, and good service. I'm hopeful as it was usually pretty crowded when we visited.

    Andy

    2 May 20 at 8:05 pm

  82. Ruby Tuesday at Columbiana and Dutch Square are permanently closed.

    Rashaad

    3 May 20 at 6:21 pm

  83. A google search reveals that Ruby Tuesday's are closing permanently all over the country. I wonder if the chain is preparing to file for bankruptcy.

    Justin

    4 May 20 at 2:17 pm

  84. From what I've heard they are not doing well financially.

    Homer

    4 May 20 at 3:56 pm

  85. For what it is worth, U.S. unemployment is now at 14.7% with 20.5 million people out of work. These are the highest numbers since the Great Depression.

    Tom

    8 May 20 at 10:18 am

  86. Having grown up in Columbia in 70's, I really enjoy your site. Any idea if something similar exists for Charlotte, where I mis-spent my early post-college years? Thanks and regards.

    Ken

    13 May 20 at 10:29 pm

  87. I don't know anything specific to Charlotte, but there is some coverage on Skycity and Deadmalls.

    ted

    13 May 20 at 10:38 pm

  88. I'm seeing reports that Copper River Grill on Bower Parkway in the Harbison area has closed permanently. Someone in a Facebook group posted a confirmation by email from their corporate office that the Covid closure was now permanent for this location. I think they've been struggling for a while. We put it on our "never again" list after a really bad experience about a year ago. I'm surprised they made it this long.

    Heath

    14 May 20 at 11:56 am

  89. Footlocker, FootAction, and Kids Footlocker are leaving Columbia Place

    Rashaad

    15 May 20 at 9:33 am

  90. The State just reported that Copper River Grill on Bower has closed due to the virus.

    https://www.thestate.com/news/local/article242767906.html?

    Homer

    15 May 20 at 4:32 pm

  91. In case anyone missed it, J.C. Penny has filed for bankruptcy and will closed some more stores.

    Tom

    17 May 20 at 11:50 am

  92. @Tom -- yes, I saw that, but at the time of the announcement could not find a store list. They may still be thinking about that. If I had to guess, I would say things don't look good for the Sandhill store, since there would still be a Columbia store in Columbiana and that's a successful mall while Sandhill is not.

    ted

    17 May 20 at 2:17 pm

  93. @ Ted, I agree.

    Tom

    18 May 20 at 8:49 am

  94. As far as JCPenney store closures are concerned:

    The most likely locations to close will be in malls that are underperforming and are in the declining business cycle (not Sandhill)

    Second likely stores they will close are spaces that the landlord is trying to recapture for something more exciting (potentially Sandhill)

    If it did close at Sandhill, it could give them a boost.

    Rashaad

    18 May 20 at 9:57 am

  95. I agree with my father's theory about malls: many people want to avoid the loiterers, gangs of teenagers, and unsupervised obnoxious kids. They prefer entering a small/medium store directly, or shopping online. The stores that are in malls, along with all the empty spaces, seem to be more "low-end" recently. At least in my observation.

    Robin

    18 May 20 at 12:28 pm

  96. I found this list of store closures scheduled for April 2020. They closed 27 stores in 2019. Article is from January.

    Missoula, Montana: Southgate Mall
    Valley Stream, New York: Green Acres Mall
    Raleigh, North Carolina: North Hills Shopping Center
    Akron, Ohio: Chapel Hill Mall
    Tulsa, Oklahoma: Tulsa Promenade
    Myrtle Beach, South Carolina: Myrtle Beach Mall

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2020/01/17/jcpenney-store-closings-2020-stores-closing-april/4505536002/

    Homer

    19 May 20 at 9:12 am

  97. Interesting. The Myrtle Beach closing is not that surprising as I think they are totally rebuilding Myrtle Beach Mall (nee Briarcliff Mall) and a lot of stores are leaving anyway (at least while they do that).

    ted

    19 May 20 at 9:53 am

  98. @Ted - Love the nee Briarcliff reference. I grew up in NMB and it'll also be Briarcliff Mall to me.

    Justin

    20 May 20 at 8:51 am

  99. I thought it had already been announced earlier this year but there is a new round of news about all of Pier One going out of business. It looks like the one on Garners Ferry is the only one that hasn't already started down that road.

    Matt

    20 May 20 at 9:58 am

  100. Pier 1 had filed for bankruptcy protection (chapter 11) earlier in the year but the news this week is that they were unable to find a buyer and now have to close down entirely.

    Justin

    20 May 20 at 2:57 pm

  101. Here's the situation with Pier 1:

    Columbia had 3 Pier 1 locations:

    - Harbison Court
    - Sparkleberry Square
    - Shoppes at Woodhill

    The Sparkleberry Square location closed in 2018 and finally featured here.

    The Harbison Court location was in the process of liquidating when COVID19 put the brakes on it (and it has already featured here).

    The initial plan with the Woodhill one was to keep it going in their initial Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization plans but in light of the COVID19 situation they are seeking plans to liquidate all remaining stores once it is feasible to do so. As that unfolds, I'm sure it will feature here in due time.

    Andrew

    20 May 20 at 3:05 pm

  102. Hello Ted, is there a way I can contact you via email? There is a project I am working on that has to do with Columbia Mall. I am seeking a comprehensive list of stores as well as a map showing their locations in the mall circa 1979. I am also in need of some pictures of the Mall that were taken prior to its renovation. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Russell

    21 May 20 at 6:35 pm

  103. Victoria's Secret is the latest to file for bankruptcy.
    This morning I saw a very sobering stat, an estimated 3000 retails stores are expected to be closed by the end of 2020.

    Tom

    21 May 20 at 7:14 pm

  104. @Russell, I'm at closings at columbiaclosings dto com, but I doubt I will be much help since I didn't start blogging until 2007.

    You can see, I think, assuming I went back and put tags on the older posts, all my posts on Columbia Mall here.

    What I would suggest is that once the library is open again, you go to the main location on Assembly Street and consult the City Directories in the third floor "Local History" room. There is a directory for each year, and they have a section that does reverse lookup by street address. You can see examples of the kind of detail that will give you in scans in this post and this post.

    You can also access The State newspaper's online archives for a small fee, and there may be something in The USC Library Digital Collection, such as this shot of Columbia Mall Belk's and this shot of Columbia Mall Rich's.

    ted

    21 May 20 at 11:31 pm

  105. Not a business closing per se, but Dominion announced that Pine Island will remain closed for the reminder of 2020 due to Covid-19 concerns. They plan to evaluate everything in the context of "the best interest of the company and employees" at the end of the year. I think the translation from corporate speak is "that land is valuable, and we're going to liquidate it" although that hasn't been explicitly stated.

    Heath

    24 May 20 at 1:09 pm

  106. Big story in today's newspaper. Moving printing out of the state and will relocate away from the Shop Road location, probably down town.

    thomas

    28 May 20 at 7:36 am

  107. Interesting! They say no change in delivery time, but that means, if they have to drive the print run from Charlotte to Raleigh to Columbia they must be putting the paper to bed pretty early..

    ted

    28 May 20 at 8:15 am

  108. Saw this too. The comment about no change in delivery time caught my eye too. They deliver the paper to my house in Irmo around midnight already. Lord only knows what the cut-off time will be when they move printing to Charlotte. Guess we'll have practically day old news.

    I'd drop the worthless thing if it were not for my Mom. She still wants her physical newspaper (and her land line and her old TV, etc.). I'm paying $40/month for this piece of crap!!!

    Homer

    28 May 20 at 11:31 am

  109. For some reason I get the Sunday paper free every week. I never ordered it. I even told them to stop delivering it because I don't even take it out of the bag. It goes straight to my recycle bin. But it still gets delivered every Sunday. It's been about 5 or more years now.

    Sidney

    29 May 20 at 10:10 am

  110. I have found the article talking about the changes...

    Andrew

    29 May 20 at 9:32 pm

  111. Folks Tuesday Morning has filed for bankruptcy So far no SC store closings are planned (though a total of 230 others nationwide are...

    Andrew

    29 May 20 at 9:35 pm

  112. The Subway on 4611 HardScrabble Rd Module 117 and The Firehouse Subs on 4546 HardScrabble Rd are closed.

    Bethany

    30 May 20 at 10:41 pm

  113. @ted,are there any tuesday morning stores closing in columbia

    Jacob Pittman

    2 Jun 20 at 3:42 pm

  114. I wonder if USC will buy up The State property. If not, someone could easily make a ton of money off the property itself by leasing out parking spaces. It looks to be about the size of Quad 1 and Quad 2 in the Gamecock Park.

    Sidney

    2 Jun 20 at 5:52 pm

  115. If I were USC, I would think long and hard about any major purchases. The past few months have shown that the kids don't have to come to the campus..

    ted

    2 Jun 20 at 11:49 pm

  116. Looks like Food Lion is acquiring 63 Bi-Lo stores in SC and NC. Several listed are in the Columbia area:

    https://www.winsightgrocerybusiness.com/amp/retailers/food-lion-buy-62-bi-lo-harveys-stores

    ED

    3 Jun 20 at 11:13 am

  117. Please don't let one of them be the Bi-lo in Sandhills. That is where I shop. We have a Food Lion at the other end of The Summit. If Bi-lo sold that one to Food Lion, I'm sure they will close it down. I just don't see them having the one on Hardscrabble, the one of Two Notch (which is a bit farther down now) and then another one in Sandhills. If so, Sandhills and Hardscrabble stores would be less than 4 miles apart.

    Sidney

    3 Jun 20 at 1:45 pm

  118. Looks like the GameCock bilo will be...

    food lion

    Johng

    3 Jun 20 at 6:25 pm

  119. Looks like they are killing the entire Bi-Lo brand so there will be no longer any Bi-Lo store anywhere.

    Thomas

    3 Jun 20 at 6:30 pm

  120. Thomas

    3 Jun 20 at 6:31 pm

  121. The article ED posted has a link to the full list.

    The following Bi-Lo stores are going to be transitioning:

    - #5442, 6021 St. Andrews Road (I have fond memories of keeping up with the construction of this one and the eventual opening of it on February 27, 2002 when I was in 8th grade)
    - #5282, 4464 Devine Street (Crossroads Commons)
    - #5578, 2453 Charleston Highway (Edenwood Plaza)
    - #5723, 300 Knox Abbott Drive (Parkland Plaza)...I remember this one as a Winn Dixie

    The other Bi-Lo locations such as the Village at Sandhill one Sidney mentioned will continue to operate as Bi-Lo but I agree with Thomas that it sounds like Southeastern Grocers is looking to retire the Bi-Lo brand (Which I am not excited about as Bi-Lo is a go to for some of my grocery needs) as Southeastern Grocers is a company continuing to struggle (frankly I'd love for them to become Harris Teeter)..

    Andrew

    3 Jun 20 at 9:23 pm

  122. The Bi-Lo in the 3 Fountains area of West Columbia used to be really, really good. Very knowledgeable, caring, and friendly staff. Well-stacked, clean, and tidy. Then the whole SE Grocers thing came about, and things started going downhill. By the time they closed, it was so bad that I was no longer shopping there. Really sad to see it's downfall.

    Payne

    3 Jun 20 at 9:58 pm

  123. I used to love shopping at the St. Andrews BI-LO then they re-did the interior and in the process jacked up the prices and cut the selection. Consequently BI-LO has been dead to me for several years now.

    Tom

    4 Jun 20 at 6:44 am

  124. I agree with Tom. There is nothing Lo about Bi-Lo anymore. They have some of the highest prices of any grocery store in the Irmo area. Like my Dad used to say Bi-Lo Sell-Hi...

    Homer

    4 Jun 20 at 12:38 pm

  125. I will miss their house brand of hot dog chili. After Texas Pete discontinued their line I stumbled across BiLos version a few years ago when they were using another name before SE Grocers.

    Constant change is here to stay.

    Joe Shlabotnik

    5 Jun 20 at 4:10 am

  126. JC Penney closings over 150 stores this summer. These are the SC stores.

    Anderson Mall, in Anderson

    Cross Creek Mall, in Beaufort

    Magnolia Mall, in Florence

    Myrtle Beach Mall, in Myrtle Beach

    Prince of Orange Mall, in Orangeburg

    Rock Hill Galleria, in Rock Hill

    Sidney

    5 Jun 20 at 7:27 am

  127. The State has an article talking about the plans to close a Walgreens at 5900 North Main Street on June 11 and about how some local leaders are concerned about the void it will leave in that community...

    Andrew

    5 Jun 20 at 10:38 pm

  128. For those that can't read The State newspaper, here's the Walgreens article on WLTX

    https://www.wltx.com/article/news/local/local-leaders-concerned-over-walgreens-closing/101-bf12c5f9-c374-46fe-9611-0d0234a176cb

    Sidney

    6 Jun 20 at 9:15 am

  129. The Pet Supermarket on Harden, which is in the old Eden's location featured here, is closing down. It's part of a chain but I couldn't find any recent news about the chain overall.

    Justin

    6 Jun 20 at 1:39 pm

  130. Pet Supermarket is doing completely fine, but the pandemic exposed their weakest locations (Harden). All other stores will remain open.

    Rashaad

    6 Jun 20 at 10:47 pm

  131. Heath

    9 Jun 20 at 12:22 pm

  132. Uptown at 1204 Main Street, right near the State House, is closing due to Covid. They sent an email to their email list announcing it. Sad to see them go.

    Justin

    9 Jun 20 at 9:14 pm

  133. Cola Daily is reporting temporary summer closures for the Lizard's Thicket locations on Airport Blvd. and Beltline. Apparently they need the staff to cover other (more profitable?) locations.

    https://www.coladaily.com/business/lizards-thicket-temporarily-closing-two-locations/article_4ecf7214-abfa-11ea-a961-0babc3ff348c.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=user-share

    Heath

    11 Jun 20 at 12:17 pm

  134. The Victoria´s Secret on 481 Town Center Place in Sandhills is closed.

    Bethany

    11 Jun 20 at 1:33 pm

  135. @Heath This statement in that article especially befuddles me:

    "Employees from the two locations are needed to support operations at the other 12 restaurants, due to lack of applicants willing to fill the full-time and part-time positions."

    Apparently unemployment is not so bad in these areas?

    Sean

    11 Jun 20 at 3:39 pm

  136. Tom

    11 Jun 20 at 5:02 pm

  137. The closed Fuddruckers building has been purchased by a church and is being converted now.

    Mike Dodds

    15 Jun 20 at 12:41 pm

  138. Moonshiner's in Lexington announced on their Facebook page last week that they would be closing. They originally posted that they were closed for maintenance but then a later post said that due to "recent closures and restrictions for the restaurant industry" they could not continue.

    This is near the end of Old Chapin and it is doubtful it is a location you would stumble upon while being out and about running errands.

    1345 Old Chapin Road, Lexington SC 29072

    ED

    24 Jun 20 at 5:35 pm

  139. GNC announced yesterday that they are filing for bankruptcy and will close 800-1200 stores. Among the initial closures will be stores in Anderson, Tega Cay, Myrtle Beach and two in Greenville.

    Tom

    25 Jun 20 at 6:29 am

  140. BI-LO #5442 (6021 St. Andrews Road) has already closed their pharmacy (records transferred to nearby Walgreens (6118 St. Andrews Road) as part of the plan to transition it to a Food Lion....here's the thing...I remember when that BI-LO was built before opening on February 27, 2002 (and it was a nice upgrade from the Harbison store it replaced) and remember when it was remodeled in ca. 2013 to what it is now...I couldn't put my finger on it but for some reason it didn't feel the same to me anymore after that (though I didn't have the same feeling about several other Bi-Los that got remodeled shortly prior to that)...I wish it could've become a Harris Teeter...

    Andrew

    25 Jun 20 at 11:12 am

  141. Chuck E. Cheese's parent company filed for bankruptcy, though they say it is a reorganizational procedure and have no plans to close any locations.

    Tom

    26 Jun 20 at 6:29 am

  142. Fancy That! Bistro at 1212 Hampton Street has moved to a new location on Julian.

    Justin

    6 Jul 20 at 8:37 pm

  143. 202 Year-Old Brooks Brothers, makers of suits to the rich and powerful, have announced that they are filing for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy and will clsoe 51 stores. To me the saddest part of the announcement is that they will shut down their three textile plants in the USA, as they were the last company to make their own suits in America.
    They have stores in Charleston, Greenville and Myrtle Beach. They used to have one in Gaffney.

    Tom

    8 Jul 20 at 1:11 pm

  144. The Subway on 4611 Hardscrabble Rd. Module 117 Columbia, SC 29229

    Bethany

    9 Jul 20 at 9:26 am

  145. > is closed*

    Bethany

    9 Jul 20 at 9:26 am

  146. I just noticed that the Blue Coyote on Broad River Road just after it splits from US 76 has closed. Their facebook page said March 2019.

    badger

    11 Jul 20 at 11:30 am

  147. I wonder if there will be another attempt to revive Richland Mall. Considering the recent "live, work, and play" trend (people supposedly wanting to live near shops and restaurants). A lot of those communities/mini-towns have appeared in recent years. Some condos were already built inside Richland Mall in the mid-2000s. It seems like someone had the right idea, too early.

    Robin

    12 Jul 20 at 5:21 am

  148. I just don't believe Richland mall will ever make it back.

    1 it's just plain ugly
    2 it needs a ton of work/ money
    3 the cost to tear it down and restart would be astronomical

    John

    12 Jul 20 at 7:26 am

  149. True - it would be a lot of work. On the rare occasions that I go there, for Belk or Barnes & Noble, the whole building feels spooky and haunted.

    Robin

    12 Jul 20 at 8:57 pm

  150. Numerous ideas have come onto the scene to try to revitalize Richland Mall...my recollection on the condos Robin referenced is that they were a proposal that they were about ready to move foreword on but for some reason something fell through on them...I have a feeling that many other ideas were put on the table but never reached the point of becoming public information...There was even a time it got renamed Midtown at Forest Acres as part of it...but then in 2010 Century Capitol Group acquired the mall alongside Kahn Development and decided to change the name Midtown at Forest Acres back to Richland Mall. I sought to absorb the optimism that they conveyed that they'd be able to bring new life into the Forest Acres mall but unfortunately it hasn't come to pass the way they had initially hoped...people here over the years have had several different ideas as far as to how to revitalize the property but the thing of it is, no matter which route they go, it will take anchor tenants willing to occupy the completed product...

    Andrew

    13 Jul 20 at 10:29 am

  151. The big problem with Richland Mall is the number of owners. This issue dates back to when the back half of the mall was sold to Verizon back when they had their call center there. As of now it is my understanding that the old Dillard's store, the Belk store, and the back half of the mall have different owners from the rest of the mall. The owners of the back half of the mall have no interest in the mall itself just the call center section, so the mall just rots since its hard to renovate only the front half of the mall.

    Thomas

    13 Jul 20 at 3:33 pm

  152. Thank you, John, Andrew, and Thomas for your comments.

    Robin

    14 Jul 20 at 2:39 pm

  153. Weighing in on What's Wrong With Richland Mall?
    The parking garage killed it. Really. Suburbanites from Columbia, SC, do not like or understand parking garages. They are dark, dirty, dangerous (we imagine) and a great chance to get lost or lose your car.
    Much of the original RM's appeal was parking very close to where you were headed. In and out.
    Additionally, the garage hid the mall. You could no longer see it from the street. Terrible anti-marketing move.

    Dennis

    14 Jul 20 at 6:15 pm

  154. So what was that again that got demolished on Millwood a coupla weeks ago? Revente's Second Chance? Formerly ___? And the building next to it?

    Dennis

    14 Jul 20 at 6:17 pm

  155. @ Dennis

    That garage is Dark,Dirty and Dangerous.

    John

    14 Jul 20 at 8:13 pm

  156. @ Dennis

    Now when I say dangerous that is referring to 20+ years ago when the mall had customers. When the garage actually had cars in it,lots of cars,it was quite the circus. It's not layed out like most garages are.

    John

    14 Jul 20 at 8:22 pm

  157. I prefer to park in the Barnes and Noble parking lot when I visit Barnes and Noble or LensCrafters (Dr. Joi Tyler is an awesome eye doctor), but the last time I visited it was raining hard, so I parked in the garage and was appalled at the group of employees I passed by to get into the mall; they were smoking weed and making heavy use of F-bombs. It was quite an uncomfortable situation.

    Payne

    14 Jul 20 at 9:42 pm

  158. @Dennis -- I have a Millwood post coming.

    ted

    14 Jul 20 at 11:18 pm

  159. @Thomas -- I think that's why the barbershop moved across the aisle: No ownership support on the back side of the asile.

    ted

    14 Jul 20 at 11:22 pm

  160. @Dennis-I read several years ago that the managers of richland Mall know that the garage is an albatross around their neck. According to them it has prevent numerous potenital tennets from moving into the mall. Unfortunately, the owners of the mall don't understand this and/or don't care as they have refused several requests from the mangers to get rid of it.

    Tom

    15 Jul 20 at 10:48 am

  161. One of the rumblings that has been mentioned here is that the location of the parking garage has dissuaded potential tenants from setting up shop (there have been several folks that felt that the garage should be razed)...

    My understanding (per a commenter that got their haircuts there) is that a significant portion of the mall is owned by a company from Arizona and that they've been skimping on some of the maintenance needs of the building (something else that has been noted in several Richland Mall posts along the way) but there is a portion that is owned by a Columbia based company and that the barber shop ted referenced moved into the local portion as it made it easier to have repairs done (making me wonder why the Arizonan company doesn't divest themselves of the property)...

    Andrew

    15 Jul 20 at 11:03 am

  162. That parking lot is a bit creepy. I also try to park in front of Barnes & Noble when I go there.

    Robin

    16 Jul 20 at 12:16 am

  163. Robin

    Robin Allison ?

    John

    16 Jul 20 at 7:50 pm

  164. No, I am not Robin Allison.

    Robin

    16 Jul 20 at 10:38 pm

  165. I noticed the Shoney's on Garner's Ferry now has a Temporarily Closed notice on their sign board and referring everyone to the Airport location. This does not bode well.

    Thomas

    17 Jul 20 at 2:32 pm

  166. ted , please do a closing in washington, nc . Dragon Garden Buffet note says "Temporary Closed" but the for sale sign that we saw stated that they are closed for good . The address for Dragon Garden is 1424 Carolina Ave

    Jacob Pittman

    19 Jul 20 at 5:46 am

  167. Close
    This is Dragon Garden

    Jacob Pittman

    19 Jul 20 at 5:52 am

  168. The old round florist shop on Millwood is now torn down, along with everything else there.
    Historic Columbia you did a bang up job not doing anything to try and save it. If it's not associate with Robert Mills I guess it's not worthwhile. Glad I lapsed my membership.

    Dan R

    22 Jul 20 at 8:18 am

  169. Dan, I have not seen where Historic Columbia has done much of anything by way of historical preservation of mid-century or later buildings in this city. The average life span of a commercial building in Columbia is 20-25 years, after which most will be deemed too expensive to fix/maintain, and will be summarily destroyed. Also, to add insult to injury on the Millwood Avenue demolition, they tore down that interesting building to make way for a Starbucks!

    59 Ford Wheelman

    22 Jul 20 at 7:17 pm

  170. That got me to thinking: recently on Lake Murray Boulevard there was a building that had a train mural painted on it that was recently torn down to have a Starbucks as well...

    Andrew

    22 Jul 20 at 9:29 pm

  171. Catherine's parent company just announced is closing all it's brick and mortar stores and going to be on-line only.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/07/23/ann-taylor-bankruptcy-ascena-coronavirus/

    Tom

    23 Jul 20 at 2:12 pm

  172. The Three Fountains Food Lion on Platt Springs Rd has moved to a bigger location. It's now in the former BI-LO on Emanuel Church Road, probably about 2 miles away. It's a bigger and nicer location, and I'll be interested to see how they do with a Wal-Mart marketplace nearby. I, for one, prefer Food Lion and have always thought the prices were fair and beer selection pretty good.

    Andy

    23 Jul 20 at 4:39 pm

  173. I think Food Lion might have a good chance in the new Emanuel Church Road location. To me, that location of Walmart Marketplace seems to be declining in quality. The past few times that I've gone, employees are little more grumpy and careless. They spill and knock over items while stocking, and they seem bothered by customers who are trying shop while they stock. I've found items in the produce and deli departments that expired a month ago. Today, an employee made eye contact with me and *ran* away. Actually ran.

    Robin L.

    23 Jul 20 at 11:58 pm

  174. Little Caesars Pizza at 5362 Sunset Blvd in Lexington has closed. I find this curious since they just moved here a little over a year ago after Dominoes vacated this location to move further into Lexington near Rushes.

    Ted covered the Dominoes closing.

    I would have thought that in the time of Covid, a cheap pizza place with a drive-thru would be a success.

    ED

    26 Jul 20 at 12:16 pm

  175. @ED...dunno if this is possibly related, but there's a Little Caesars Pizza getting ready to open up (with a drive-thru) in the same shopping center on Emanuel Church Road where Food Lion moved to.

    I've no idea if it's the same folks from the Sunset Blvd location you mentioned, but the timing seems more than coincidental.

    Cheers!

    Lone Wolf

    30 Jul 20 at 9:48 am

  176. I always thought the way that Little Caesars was set up was a little odd in terms of a typical Little Caesars...the thing of it is, the fact that the main entrance was the back of the building was odd...it had moved from the Lexington Towne Centere (Food Lion/Stein Mart/Books A Million anchored shopping center at 378 & SC 6)...but the Sandy Ridge Square location Lone Wolf mentioned is part of another overhaul that Sandy Ridge Square is getting (part of a former Blockbuster Video) that is seeing new life (which I noted on the Blockbuster page)...

    Andrew

    31 Jul 20 at 1:26 pm

  177. I don't know if anybody noticed but looks like the Pope Davis tire location on Taylor Street is gone and the building empied. I'm assuming they either moved or combined into one of the other locations.

    Thomas

    1 Aug 20 at 9:31 pm

  178. Food Lion on Emanuel Church Road has opened indeed. It has ways to go to be successful. If it can focus on food and pharmacy and have extra low prices, it can give Walmart Neighborhood Market #5291 competition. Food Lion fails in comparison to Walmart Supercenter hypermarkets and Walmart Neighborhood Market supermarkets for many reasons.

    Knight

    2 Aug 20 at 8:48 pm

  179. Heath

    3 Aug 20 at 3:08 pm

  180. With Greenwise Market, I wonder if part of the problem was that they have so many fresh bar type items that had to be stopped due to Covid.

    ED

    3 Aug 20 at 6:51 pm

  181. The Little Caesar's in Lexington was directly next door to Mellow Mushroom. That's tough competition.

    Beth

    4 Aug 20 at 9:36 am

  182. Little Caesars competing with Mellow Mushroom is like saying Denny's is competing with Ruth's Chris because they both serve steak.

    Heath

    4 Aug 20 at 12:13 pm

  183. I am upset about Greenwise closing. The environment was clean and pleasant, employees were friendly, and there was a great selection of high-quality products.

    Robin L.

    4 Aug 20 at 2:45 pm

  184. Despite passing Greenwise every weekday, I never stopped. Specific places in Columbia are "grocery store deserts", this area on Sunset Blvd in Lexington is completely opposite that. Close by there is Lowes Food Store, Aldi, Lidl, Publix, and Food Lion. Did I miss any? Hmmm...wonder why I never got around to visiting. Ha!

    Beth

    5 Aug 20 at 1:41 pm

  185. You are correct Beth. Lexington has a lot of grocery stores, and out where I live near Lex HS it's the same -- you have a Lowe's, Publix, Bi Lo and Food Lion within short distance. Greenwise was fine, but expensive. It felt like they were copying Whole Foods. Given the competition in this area, they would have been better off in Columbia or perhaps Cayce. Also this shopping center is a pain to get in and out of.

    Andy

    8 Aug 20 at 8:42 am

  186. Denos restaurant on Saint Andrews Road has closed. Also, Blimpies across from Dutch Square is gone. However, Steve’s Classic Burgers on Saint Andrews Road has expanded, opening a coffee and ice cream shop in his restaurant.

    Barbara

    9 Aug 20 at 9:27 am

  187. The problem I am hearing with GreenWise Market stores 1654 (Mount Pleasant) and 1710 (Lexington) closing is size. GreenWise Market's sales are through prepared foods. Expanding prepared foods in 21,000-square-foot stores intended for specialty gourmet food store The Fresh Market is limited.

    I see GreenWise Market returning to South Carolina with appropriately sized locations (25,000 to 30,000 square feet).

    Knight

    9 Aug 20 at 1:35 pm

  188. Beth:

    The supermarket segment of grocery stores in the Columbia area should be interesting in 2021. BI-LO will be no more. Food Lion, Kroger, Lowe's Foods, Publix, and Walmart Neighborhood Market will be present.

    Speculation of Harris Teeter returning to the Columbia area remains hot.

    Knight

    9 Aug 20 at 1:40 pm

  189. The former Family Dollar store on Augusta Road/Highway 1, West Columbia, now has some purple paint. Does anyone know what it will be?

    Robin L.

    10 Aug 20 at 10:24 pm

  190. @Barbara,

    Have you heard anything official about Denos? I stopped by yesterday, and the road sign is down, but the power and gas are still on, and there weren't any "we're done" signs on the doors. Have you heard anything official?

    Heath

    12 Aug 20 at 9:50 am

  191. Deno's has been a puzzle to me for quite a while now. I live not too far from there and did eat there occasionally but haven't in a good while. I know the owners are getting up there in years so that might play a factor...

    Andrew

    12 Aug 20 at 9:56 am

  192. Folks, Stein Mart has filed for bankruptcy. It appears that most of their 281 locations will face closure as a result of this. The only two we have still standing are in Lexington and Trenholm Plaza (that I can think of off the top of my head) (though we used to have two others in Polo Plaza & Columbiana Station (both of which have already featured here)...

    Andrew

    12 Aug 20 at 10:16 am

  193. Nope, I was just passing through and noticed. I probably wouldn’t have paid attention except the outside sign was gone. It’s been there for years, but I do know that the owners are advanced in years.

    Barbara

    12 Aug 20 at 10:16 pm

  194. Addition to Denos post: Coldwell Bankers has the restaurant for lease ($3,900 a month)

    Barbara

    12 Aug 20 at 11:13 pm

  195. That's why I haven't done a post on Deno's. I stopped and looked and while it's obviously not currently open, all the decor is still up and the tables are still set and there's no sign other than something ilegible on the drive-through menu. I figured they could be closed for good, or taking a COVID vacation.

    ted

    12 Aug 20 at 11:13 pm

  196. Some interesting photos including one of Richland Mall from 1967

    https://www.richlandlibrary.com/blog/2020-06-01/most-popular-historic-images-may-2020

    John

    13 Aug 20 at 12:11 pm

  197. Nice shot of the old Belk's & Penny's on Main Street as well.

    ted

    13 Aug 20 at 11:59 pm

  198. Just got a notice from Regions Bank that their branch at 149 Columbiana Drive will close on November 13th.

    Justin

    14 Aug 20 at 8:39 am

  199. Folks, it now appears as if all 279 Stein Mart locations will be closing in the coming weeks (to include the two we still have) and I have found this list showing the stores that are closing...

    Andrew

    14 Aug 20 at 4:34 pm

  200. On June 17th 2 Gingers closed with an approximate opening date of August 20 after extensive renovations were completed and approved

    mamarose

    15 Aug 20 at 1:13 pm

  201. Ah, OK -- good!

    I'll change the title to add "temporary".

    ted

    15 Aug 20 at 1:58 pm

  202. John, thank you for sharing the link to those photos. I enjoyed looking at them. Richland Mall was so different!

    Robin L.

    15 Aug 20 at 10:59 pm

  203. The Synovus(old NBSC) branch on corner of Sumter and Pendleton seems to be closed.

    Dan R

    18 Aug 20 at 6:10 am

  204. Thompson's Barber Shop
    1514 Taylor St, Columbia, SC

    has closed

    Frank Mancuso

    18 Aug 20 at 10:19 am

  205. On the subject of these bank locations closing: I wonder why so many people at angry at self-checkout machines for "taking jobs away". However, they don't mind using bank ATMs, websites, and smartphone apps. And they will choose those options even when a bank is open during the day. I am guilty of doing it myself, I will not deny it.
    To some extent, though, I think the companies are choosing to save money by eliminating more employees at physical locations.

    Robin L.

    19 Aug 20 at 1:44 pm

  206. @Robin L. I feel you on that comment. I actually like self checkout lanes as long as the person in front of me doesn't have more then 10 items. I think if they want it to work, it should be 10 items or less.

    Sidney

    21 Aug 20 at 12:01 am

  207. I don't know if this is already been posted but The Fatz café on Forest Drive is now closed and has a for lease sign in the window. Additionally it looks like Yummy Yummy II on Forest Drive also has closed for good.

    Thomas

    21 Aug 20 at 7:56 pm

  208. Maybe this is old news but Urban Nirvana in Lexington Towne Center (down from Stein Mart) is also closed.

    JohnR

    22 Aug 20 at 3:22 pm

  209. Today is the last day for Bricktown Bistro on Hardscrabble. It's in the old Blockbuster/San Jose location next to Spinx at Hardscrabble and Lee Rd.

    Sidney

    23 Aug 20 at 11:51 am

  210. Bricktown shows up at 4561 Hard Scrabble Road...Blockbuster was never in that building...they did have a store at Clemson & Hardscrabble....

    Andrew

    23 Aug 20 at 4:04 pm

  211. Blockbuster was there in the mid 90's to early 2000 before they moved to Clemson and Hardscrabble.

    Sidney

    24 Aug 20 at 9:51 am

  212. I am one who will be sad to see the Publix Greenwise leave its Sunset Blvd. location. Yes, it was small but that meant it didn't bombard you with 2 for 1 specials at the end of each aisle or 50 kinds of sugary cereal. It was slowly gaining customers until March when covid hit.
    My sister approved of their wine selection and I was pleased with everything I got from the deli. Yes, they were pricey but always satisfying.

    JohnR

    24 Aug 20 at 3:34 pm

  213. Catch & Release at 906 Axtell Rd in Cayce has closed. It was a outdoors gear consignment shop. The location was pretty cool because it was in an old movie theater.

    Justin

    30 Aug 20 at 12:36 pm

  214. Also, Columbia Cooling & Heating at 2320 Wayne Street looks to have closed or relocated. The building would make a good brewery / beer garden.

    Justin

    31 Aug 20 at 7:28 am

  215. Sidney

    1 Sep 20 at 12:31 pm

  216. I think the theater that Justin was referring to was the Gamecock theater in Cayce. Ted covered that closing awhile back. I never got by the store but always thought that "Catch and Release" was a brilliant name for a consignment/second hand store.

    ED

    2 Sep 20 at 9:53 am

  217. @ED, yes, that is the same building. I noticed a closing on it here after I made the post.

    Justin

    2 Sep 20 at 2:28 pm

  218. Looks like the Maurice's BBQ (mini-Maurice's?) across from Walmart on #1 has thrown in the towel. Kinda surprised they stuck around this long...

    Lone Wolf

    3 Sep 20 at 2:54 pm

  219. @Lone Wolf thank god

    Bethany

    3 Sep 20 at 7:46 pm

  220. A store closing/ownerretiring sign went up outside of the Cogdill Carpet store on Huger. They have been around FOREVER!

    MB

    5 Sep 20 at 12:42 pm

  221. Throughout the years, I've heard a few comments about how awful it is to work at Maurice's (any location).

    Robin

    6 Sep 20 at 12:16 pm

  222. In May, there were flyers distributed around the area of Cogdill Carpet on Huger, claiming that Oliver Gospel Mission wants to move homeless people into the Cogdill building. The flyers voice a concern that this will ruin the up-and-coming area. I am not saying that I believe it necessarily. If you Google, you can find a couple of articles online.

    Robin

    6 Sep 20 at 12:22 pm

  223. New York and Company is closing all stores, and the one at 470-11 Town Center in Sandhill has closing signs in it.

    Bethany

    8 Sep 20 at 9:08 pm

  224. Is Whole Foods closing? I was in another grocery store earlier today, and I overheard someone say this.

    Robin L.

    10 Sep 20 at 7:04 pm

  225. I would be very surprised if Whole Foods closed. It is backed by Amazon.

    ted

    10 Sep 20 at 11:28 pm

  226. The Steak and Shake on the Killian Road exit of I-77 (just off the exit headed toward the bulk of the Auto Mile) is closed and the building is for sale.

    Justin S.

    11 Sep 20 at 1:05 pm

  227. Steak N Shake on Killian Road has already featured here...the thing of it is, Steak N Shake is a company that has been featured on lists I've seen on different articles as a company that isn't in the greatest of shape financially...sad because I do have several fond memories of eating there at restaurants in 4 states over the years...

    Andrew

    11 Sep 20 at 3:13 pm

  228. MB

    12 Sep 20 at 9:51 am

  229. @Andrew My bad.

    Justin S.

    12 Sep 20 at 6:32 pm

  230. The cafe inside of Target on 10204 Two Notch Rd is closed.

    Bethany

    14 Sep 20 at 3:12 pm

  231. I've been really impressed by the increase in Columbia coverage by the Post and Courier after their acquisition of Free Times.
    But it is a really idiotic mistake to post that the Devine St Piggly Wiggly was going to become a Lidl without contacting the owner first.

    Maybe they tried and didn't get a response, but it was surprising that the story seemed to be thrown together.

    Matt

    14 Sep 20 at 4:08 pm

  232. @Ted, Bi-Lo in Sandhills last day of operation is this Saturday, the 19th (my birthday). Better get some pics before they take the signs down.

    Sidney

    15 Sep 20 at 10:33 am

  233. I was in the Target at Columbiana Station (134 Harbison Blvd) not too long ago and it appeared to me as if Target is closing their Cafes (in general) due to COVID...

    Andrew

    15 Sep 20 at 1:40 pm

  234. Not really that notable but the car wash at the corner of Arrowwood Road and Bush River appears to be closed. All grown over with plants and a lot of litter.

    Justin

    20 Sep 20 at 12:34 pm

  235. I have a feeling that Mr. Nick’s at 706 Old Cherokee Road in Lexington (a style that is similar to the one Justin mentioned) is likely to be not too far behind as supposedly the intersection around it is to be reworked where Old Cherokee will aligned into Catawaba Trail (and of course a different traffic signal)...plus Lexington Middle School is set to move onto Old Cherokee Road...

    Andrew

    20 Sep 20 at 6:00 pm

  236. Colatoday is reporting that The Happy Cafe in Forest Acres is closing after at 17 year run.

    Justin

    23 Sep 20 at 9:06 am

  237. Another one from Colatoday, Blue Flour on Main Street has closed permenantly due to Covid.

    Justin

    24 Sep 20 at 7:57 am

  238. Question for everyone: What store/restaurant chain are you surprised is still open - NOT specifically because of Covid-19 troubles, but just in general?

    Robin L.

    26 Sep 20 at 11:30 am

  239. Solstice Kitchen has announced they are closing for good on their facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/solsticekitchenandwinebar/

    Carlton Templeton

    29 Sep 20 at 7:30 am

  240. The old Thunderbird motel which has been rebranded many other hotels over the years at the corner or St. Andrews and Jamil Rds, is set for demolition. I heard that a QT store will be built there.

    ARTHUR

    29 Sep 20 at 10:08 am

  241. The hotel ARTHUR referenced I have known as (initially) an Econo Lodge but now it's a Rodeway Inn (this is in the last 10-15 years or so) but it's likely had other names I am unaware of despite riding by it plenty and remembering shopping at the Piggly Wiggly that used to be across the street when I was in Elementary School and doing likewise with the CHEF'STORE that is there now...

    I did read on a different forum that the property (to include the former Hiltop that closed in 2005 and has since been torn down) had sold to QuikTrip Corporation...if that comes to pass I do think it'd be a nice upgrade for that intersection...

    Andrew

    29 Sep 20 at 2:55 pm

  242. @Andrew. The hotel was (I think) originally a Park Inn a concept/chain created by ex-Holiday Inn execs. Ironically, it later became a Holiday Inn Express. The last go round as a Rodeway was the second time (at least) it was branded as such. It has also spent some time as a Ramada Express.

    Tom

    29 Sep 20 at 6:14 pm

  243. I am not certain what it opened as originally. But I remember going there in the mid 70's to swim in the pool. At that time it was known as the Thunderbird Motel. Had a big bird as part of the sign! Here's a link to a pic of one that is or was in Florence, SC with the same sign. Andrew--Do you know for sure it initially open as Econo Lodge?

    https://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/postandcourier.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/b/fc/bfc2c54c-26e7-11e8-8612-3f103c700ab4/5aa810e5da49f.image.jpg?resize=1200%2C1026

    ARTHUR

    29 Sep 20 at 6:48 pm

  244. The one in Florence had the best neon sign in SC, but it has gone to pot lately.

    Here it is several years ago

    ted

    29 Sep 20 at 7:43 pm

  245. I have noted a construction fence around the Rodeway Inn at St. Andrews & Jamil in recent days so I hereby recommend Ted get the closing cam out there soon to cover it as it looks like said hotel isn't long for this world...

    Andrew

    1 Oct 20 at 8:19 am

  246. Cola Daily announced that Little Gym is going out of business. This isn't surprising but not a place a think of since my kids are past the age of the preschool birthdays that they used to attend there.

    There is also a story about Uptown on Main St reopening under a new owner.

    Matt

    1 Oct 20 at 4:41 pm

  247. American Eagle Outfitters is opening an 18,250 square foot store at Village at Sandhill in the former Cost Plus World Market Location. This new store will also feature a full Aerie store.

    Rashaad

    2 Oct 20 at 9:32 pm

  248. Not a retail business but a closing/demo nonetheless. Forest Lake Park Gym (off of Decker Blvd) has been demolished.

    Sidney

    5 Oct 20 at 2:32 pm

  249. Regal announced that it would close all locations this Thursday. Believe there remains on Forest Drive.

    https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2020/10/05/920367787/regal-movie-chain-will-close-all-536-u-s-theaters-on-thursday

    Thomas

    6 Oct 20 at 8:15 am

  250. This Coladaily article indicates that Columbia has a total of 4 Regal Cinemas locations (to include the Forest Drive location Thomas referenced).

    Andrew

    6 Oct 20 at 10:54 am

  251. The late world market that was on 210 Forum Drive in Sandhill is turning into an American Eagle

    Bethany

    7 Oct 20 at 7:19 pm

  252. Folks Steivers Chevrolet has sold to Jim Hudson. To the best of my recollection, this is the 3rd name this Chevrolet dealership has...don't quote me on this, but I think Capitol was the name it was prior to that...

    Andrew

    8 Oct 20 at 10:06 am

  253. Dollar General is testing a new group of stores called "Popshelf", where items cost an average of $5. These are targeted at "suburban women" who earn between $50,000 and $125,000/year. Two locations will open in Nashville, TN, soon. Another thirty might be open by the end of next year.

    Robin L.

    11 Oct 20 at 10:17 pm

  254. I apologize if this got covered already, but I was at the (formerly Gamecock) Bi-Lo at what I believe is called Crossroad Commons--it's where Devine turns into Garner's Ferry Road.

    Anyway, I looked down that strip mall, and there were 2-3 now-empty storefronts right beside the Bi-Lo. I know one of them used to be a Chinese buffet.

    Justin S.

    12 Oct 20 at 2:29 am

  255. Andrew mentions that the Chevrolet Dealer off of Clemson Road near I-20 was previously Capitol which is correct. Originally it was Central Chevrolet which was on Sumter Street and then re-located to Belt Line Blvd. I believe it was Newsome when it moved to the current location, then Capitol and until recently Stivers.

    thomas

    12 Oct 20 at 7:48 am

  256. The Chinese restaurant next to bi lo is still open,carry out only.
    Thing is the food is not good.

    John

    12 Oct 20 at 3:58 pm

  257. The Synovus that Dan mentioned being closed on Sumter and Pendleton streets has been being rented by the University as a COVID site since about a month ago.

    Megan

    14 Oct 20 at 11:12 am

  258. Coco-Cola has decided to cease protuction on TaB so now is the time to get any cravings for the classic beverage out of your system...

    Andrew

    16 Oct 20 at 11:17 am

  259. Coco-Cola has decided to cease production on TaB so now is the time to get any cravings for the classic beverage out of your system... (edited for typo)

    Andrew

    16 Oct 20 at 11:17 am

  260. ted

    16 Oct 20 at 12:17 pm

  261. Folks Silver Airways has announced plans to start serving CAE!!!

    We'll have twice weekly ATR service to Tampa, Ft. Lauderdale and Orlando...

    Andrew

    20 Oct 20 at 10:20 pm

  262. Hope it lasts longer than Air South!

    ted

    21 Oct 20 at 9:43 pm

  263. A Taste of the South at 2222 Sumter Street has closed. They moved to this location from Broad River last year.

    Justin

    22 Oct 20 at 8:01 am

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