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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

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