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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

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