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Written by ted on January 21st, 2022

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  1. In Cayce: Why does the Starbucks on Knox Abbott Drive often close for a few days? Or they are only open for half days? Earlier in the pandemic, there were a couple of Covid scares among the staff. But they still close or reduce hours more than other locations.


    1 Jan 22 at 8:58 pm

  2. Does anyone remember the China Express on Sumter Street in Columbia? It was across the street from the old YMCA. I enjoyed eating lunch there in the early 1990s but I think it closed soon thereafter. They had a buffet and the food was always piping hot and very spicy.


    1 Jan 22 at 10:40 pm

  3. Looks like the Hwy 55 on South Lake Drive in Red Bank has closed.


    3 Jan 22 at 1:42 pm

  4. First Horizon Bank was in the old SCN/Wachovia location at the corner of Sparkleberry and Two Notch in the shopping center where Publix is located. The building is now vacant and available for lease. The web site indicates that 2 locations remain, one on Main Street and the other on Trenholm. This bank is affiliated with First Tennessee which is the official bank of UT athletics.


    10 Jan 22 at 9:13 am

  5. Today's The State had an article (print edition only, couldn't find it online) stating that Capitol City Stadium is about to be demolished in favor of a mixed use facility...


    13 Jan 22 at 3:56 pm

  6. Once again, Columbia tears down another historical site in favor of more apts. and other things that will over a period of time attract trouble makers. I'm surprised that USC didn't buy it all up to build more housing for the USC kids. Bets on how long this area will stay trouble free once it's all up and running. ?


    14 Jan 22 at 3:12 pm

  7. Capitol City Stadium is nothing but an eyesore now. Historical or not, it needs to go. I ride by it everyday. I am very surprised USC didn't buy it. But isn't it in a flood zone? Isn't that why Kroger and Walmart not buy the land?


    14 Jan 22 at 4:52 pm

  8. I'm not sure why the Kroger deal fell through. Be that as it may, I remember some community opposition & concerns arising when the Walmart was proposed for reasons I totally can understand as I've gotten so I don't really shop there.

    Capitol City Stadium has undoubtedly hosted many years of baseball but the teams it hosed are no longer and so it's time for the property it sits on to turn the page...


    14 Jan 22 at 10:22 pm

  9. Also I am pretty sure most of the structure that sits on the property was built in 1991 which isn’t really historical. I’m sure the ground level underneath the stadium may be historical but most of it is not. Like Sidney said it is a massive eye sore and that entire area really is, hopefully the new development is done correctly and can spur some more redevelopment in that area. Streetscaping is much needed on that corridor as well. The city may not have wanted USC to purchase the land but USC did recently purchase a lot of the property across Assembly St from Dominion. They will be moving their motor pool and other facilities that are located between Colonial Life arena and Huger to that area.


    15 Jan 22 at 7:38 am

  10. Historical or not, eyesore or not, flood zone or that as it may, all I can say is good luck Columbia. I give it just a few months after it's all said and done to become an area of trouble for that side of town. But then again, not my circus, not my monkey's.


    15 Jan 22 at 4:20 pm

  11. That area of town already has plenty of trouble. And yes, the stadium is an eye sore at this point, but the city should have never let it get to that point in the first damn place.
    I'm not sure if it's already been mentioned or not, but there is a For Sale sign on the property that was St. Andrews Animal Hospital on St. Andrews Rd.


    15 Jan 22 at 5:03 pm

  12. Several people are saying that this area is a bad already. The only news I ever hear coming out of that area is missing college students ending up dead at the bottom of the quarry. There's nothing really there except houses and apartments rented out to students and warehouses.

    What crimes are we talking about here?


    16 Jan 22 at 5:31 am

  13. I just read today that the huge Verizon Call Center on Spears Church Road had closed up. This may be considered Elgin, I am not sure.

    Joe Shlabotnik

    18 Jan 22 at 1:01 am

  14. It looks like Crabby's Cajun at 1115 Assembly Street has closed up.


    18 Jan 22 at 9:37 am

  15. It appears to still be open right now, but the Ben's Dry Cleaners at 7183 St. Andrews Road has a For Sale sign on it.


    20 Jan 22 at 12:08 pm

  16. Bruno's Taqueria has closed. Sign on the door states their last day was December 24th. This is in the same place where Maddio's Pizza ( I thought you did a closing on this but I didn't see it in the alphabetical listing) and a hummus place (after Maddio's) was located a few years ago on Main St. behind the Capitol. It is right next to Blend on the corner of Main and Blossom.


    20 Jan 22 at 9:38 pm

  17. You did do a closing on the hummus place. Here's a quote from the closing.

    "About all I know is that it was the follow-on operation in this spot to Uncle Maddio's Pizza and was run by the Al Amir folks. "


    20 Jan 22 at 9:40 pm

  18. @Sidney -- It's gotten to the point that I have no memory of doing certain posts at all!


    20 Jan 22 at 10:59 pm

  19. Ted, that is not surprising. You have performed a yeoman's task building and re-building this thread. I do not know how long you have been on the air, but I began visiting your site several years ago and have always enjoyed it. Happy new year.

    Joe Shlabotnik

    21 Jan 22 at 5:54 pm

  20. @Joe -- Thanks. December was the 14th Anniversary.

    And speaking of thread, I forgot to turn over "Have Your Say" for the New Year. Hopefully I'll get that done this weekend.


    21 Jan 22 at 6:43 pm

  21. Actually, it was worse than I thought -- I hadn't turned the thread around since 2020. I have switched over to a new thread for 2022 now.

    You can find the 2020-2021 comments here.


    21 Jan 22 at 11:30 pm

  22. Primal Gourmet in West Columbia has announced a temporary closure of their "food service operations" due to labor and supply issues.


    26 Jan 22 at 10:53 am

  23. The Post and Courrier is reporting that Jos. A. Bank in Trenholm Plaza has closed. Their web site still shows the location as open, so I'm not sure if they're in the process of liquidating, or actually closed. It has to be a tough time to sell dress clothing.


    26 Jan 22 at 4:38 pm

  24. I can confirm Jos A Bank is closed and cleaned out


    26 Jan 22 at 7:51 pm

  25. The brick and green building on Harbison Boulevard between Enterprise Rentals and the Sprint Store (I think it was 132 and maybe Keller Williams was in there last) was being torn down today.


    26 Jan 22 at 10:17 pm

  26. Green Dot Heating And Air at 1130 Broad River Rd. looks to be no more. Looks pretty empty inside and there's an Available sign out front. Loopnet has a listing for the property dated Dec 22, 2021 and updated yesterday.

    Does anyone know what is going into the old Bank of America building on St. Andrews near the plant?


    1 Feb 22 at 6:15 pm

  27. It looks like the Knights of Columbus located at 1623 Marion St. has moved out of that location.


    2 Feb 22 at 3:35 pm

  28. Primal Gourmet (725 Meeting Street, West Columbia) bears watching as they're planning a temporary closure.


    2 Feb 22 at 3:51 pm

  29. To answer my previous question, A-1 Transport has moved into the old Bank Of America building on St. Andrews. The sign went up today.


    2 Feb 22 at 5:44 pm

  30. The State newspaper has reported that Drip on Main is officially now permanently closed for good. Very sad as I remember going there a lot when I worked downtown at Baptist Hospital and remember their opening day back in 2013:


    4 Feb 22 at 4:56 pm

  31. @Dustin -- I thought I had done a closing for Drip already, but it appears I have not..


    4 Feb 22 at 10:48 pm

  32. My daughter got word from her ex manager that regal 7 at Richland fashion mall is closed effective today.


    6 Feb 22 at 8:27 pm

  33. Interesting, but not surprising. They used to apprently have a gentleman's agreement with the one by Golden Corrall not to compete too much by showing the same movies, but they had gone by the wayside, and it was definitely showing its age.

    Still, saw a lot of good shows there over the years..


    6 Feb 22 at 8:30 pm

  34. Hate to see it close but surprised they held on this long.
    Regal should sue the mall owners for the condition of the roof area.


    6 Feb 22 at 8:55 pm

  35. There was an article in todays Post and Courier Columbia edition about Richland Mall being potentially sold and demolished to make way for another development. Wonder if that has anything to do with the closing or it finally just went the way of the rest of the mall other than Belk and B&N. The last time I went there was probably 6 years ago and the place was like walking back into the 90’s.


    6 Feb 22 at 9:15 pm

  36. The original Richland Mall should never have been torn down for this waste of space "Fashion" Mall. Columbia is not the place for such things...we're not Atlanta or Charlotte NC or Myrtle Beach for that matter. It was just a matter of time before this Mall went the way of the Dinosaurs..extinct. It just needs to be torn down and something else take it's place as long as USC doesn't buy it and build more Apts. or something else that will attract trouble makers. The old JB White's building is showing its age for sure, so time for something to happen with it too. I think the Mall would have done much better now if it had been left as it was originally until the late 80's when someone had the brilliant idea of building what's there now.


    7 Feb 22 at 1:16 pm

  37. Numerous ideas came onto the scene to try to bring new life into Richland Mall that never came to fruition. Not only that, but commenters here over the years have had their own ideas over the years as well. Everything from demolishing half of the mall (leaving Belk to Dillard's) to an entertainment district, rebuilding it like it used to be to redeveloping it akin to how Sparkleberry Square is. Plus I know developers had condos and in mind at one point (and I'm sure countless other proposals that never progressed to the point of becoming public information).

    A wider variety of tenants in that lacked staying power (everything from a waterproofing business, tennis tables and even a children's theater) also were part of the scene at different points in the journey.

    It even got rebranded Midtown at Forest Acres at one point only to go through ownership changes that resulted in it getting renamed Richland Mall.

    The redevelopment Db spoke to happened in the late 80s and from what I've read lead me to believe that it was an Australian company that pioneered it as part of a venture into the US market that didn't work out too well (from what I've read).

    It has also been mentioned that the parking garage has been something that has dissuaded potential tenants from setting up shop.

    Whatever the case, before any redevelopment can proceed, it'll require tenants to occupy the finished product. Woodhill's redevelopment (for example) didn't proceed until Pier 1 Imports, World Market & Bed Bath & Beyond had agreed to move in and something along those lines is what it'll take for a redevelopment to move forward.

    I haven't been in Belk since COVID ramped up but I do remember setting foot in it several times in the 2017-19 timeframe and noting that about half of the upstairs was curtained off leading me to wonder what the future of said Belk was (especially since Belk has been through a bankruptcy filing). Plus it has Columbia's only Barnes & Noble left since the Harbison Court one closed a few years back (and has featured here).

    I can only hope that as we rebuild from everything COVID has done that this can be the way to new life for the Forest Acres property.


    7 Feb 22 at 4:01 pm

  38. I personally think that completely demolishing Richland Mall would be unnecessary. The only way I could justifying doing so would be if they rebuilt the old mall exactly as it was. They could even put B&N where Woolworth's was and have Starbucks at one of the lunch counters. Anyway, the current structure there needs some work, but could be repurposed as something else. I know these things have been brought up already over the years, but if no one can decide on anything, maybe they should just tear down the thing and put a park there.


    8 Feb 22 at 1:27 am

  39. Today's The State had this article stating it was under contract but the sale is undergoing a period of due diligence in the sales process as far as the parties involved. Forest Acres officials are hoping for a 'mixed use' type of facility but the details are far from certain at this point but several sales have fallen through in recent years.


    8 Feb 22 at 11:15 am

  40. I just read on Facebook that Jason's Deli (located in downtown Columbia) has closed.


    8 Feb 22 at 1:08 pm

  41. @Ellen, NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! I love that place. Me and my son both work downtown and have lunch there every now and then.


    9 Feb 22 at 7:57 am

  42. I have discovered this Coladaily article confirming the closure Ellen noted...


    9 Feb 22 at 8:16 am

  43. I didn't see it mentioned and I keep forgetting to post it...
    But White House Florist, on Old Cherokee Road... in Lexington. There was the florist, and an old white house that was the gift shop.
    It closed... but also, they tore down all the buildings... seems like that happened fast.


    9 Feb 22 at 8:46 am

  44. Primal Gourmet has announced on Facebook that their market will be reopening on February 15th and they are rebranding to be simply "Primal".


    9 Feb 22 at 10:24 am

  45. Also, according to the Facebook post that Erick mentioned, Brickhouse Coffee & Tea will have a shop inside Primal.


    9 Feb 22 at 12:11 pm

  46. Both The State and Post and Courier confirming today that the Regal Theaters at Richland Mall are closed.


    9 Feb 22 at 4:42 pm

  47. Columbia has done some stupid things over the years, and tearing down the original Richland Mall was one of them. Sure, it was in decline in the 80's and I'm surprised it was still open, but when they started to tear it down in the late 80's to I guess try and make that area or Columbia more of a "Charlotte NC" or "Atlanta" didn't work. It was too high end and never had the clientele to survive. Talk is cheap and that's all that's being done about what to do with the place now. Odds are the original blue prints of the original Mall are still around, and should be rebuilt minus a few places that have since long been gone, but it was fit the place and that area much better than what's there now. But then again...It's "Columbia". Only time will tell what happens with the place now.


    9 Feb 22 at 5:54 pm

  48. John

    9 Feb 22 at 7:36 pm


    Here are some aerial pictures of the original mall under construction. They aren’t plans, but they do provide a basic framework of the site. If any of you are interested, there is a mall still (I think) in Forest City, NC called the Tri-City Mall that looks very similar to RM.


    9 Feb 22 at 10:15 pm

  50. @John, @Russell -- Great pictures, everybody should have a look!


    9 Feb 22 at 11:17 pm

  51. Cola Concerts - the concert series/promoter that was operating out of the Columbia Speedway - is no more.,23226

    I'm disappointed by this, but not at all surprised. I attend A LOT of concerts every year - many of which require traveling to NC or GA because SC continues to not get as many shows as I think we could or should so I was thrilled when another venue started having shows. That they set up shop during Covid and people going stir crazy from not being able to get out, but were presented in a method that allowed me and my group to feel safe in our socially distanced concert coves was especially nice.

    But there were problems from the start. The restroom situation was a nightmare that actually got worse instead of better as time went on, getting food required a LONG walk to the far side of the speedway, and the ground was pretty uneven which made it difficult to walk on for anyone with ambulatory issues. They also made a lot of promises to their patrons and then never followed through on them.

    And they tended to book artists that weren't very mainstream, and while those artists tended to have a very loyal following, they weren't really "big" enough to sell out the venue every time.

    I think they also made a huge mistake when they did away with the seating coves and rebranded themselves as an "amphitheater" and tried to pack people in like sardines. The shows did pretty good, by their own admission, when they had the coves but they got greedy and wanted to sell more tickets and make more money. That's understandable to an extent, but their core patrons (myself included) who supported them from day one by attending almost every show they had didn't appreciate the greed over safety factor so we quit buying tickets.


    10 Feb 22 at 5:23 pm

  52. Regarding Richland Mall, the first time I ever visited was in the fall of 1992. It was not long after the rebuild and the place looked fresh, but I was astounded by how empty it was and wondered if it was on the verge of shutting down even then. Five years later when I was living in Columbia, the mall had a lot more tenants and more life. I didn't live far from there and when the frat boys downstairs from my apartment got too noisy, I would drive over and get a cup of coffee at Gloria Jean's and sit in the food court for a while, then browse the bookstores and buy something. The mall was busy, but not too busy, so it was a nice place to relax. I even saw a movie or two at the theater.

    Over the years I've gone back to visit the mall and each time, it's been sad to see a little more life ebbing out of it, especially since I have some fond memories of time spent there back in the day. It's especially sad to see what's happened in places where decay has set in. If it's indeed going to be curtains for the place, my heart will break some, but seeing the place in its current unloved state is already sad. It's a good location, and maybe it's time to give something else a try.

    Jodie Peeler

    11 Feb 22 at 10:11 pm

  53. Not sure if it has been mentioned here, I did not see either of the following two Lexington closings in the alphabetical listing. I looked through the Have Your Say for the new year and did not see either mentioned there.

    Aamco Transmissions at 520 North Lake Drive (US 378 and SC 6 split) is now Tint World.

    El Paso Mexican Restaurant at 1937 Augusta Highway (US 1) is now a San Jose.


    13 Feb 22 at 1:48 am

  54. The U-Haul self storage place at 156 Jamil Rd looks to be closed. Most of the unit doors are up and debris is scattered all over.

    Arthur P

    13 Feb 22 at 12:33 pm

  55. Someone mentioned that the UHaul storage place Arthur P referenced was being acquired by SCDOT for the Carolina Crossroads project and most of the businesses along that stretch of Jamil (as well as Fernadina Road on the other side of I-26) are going to experience some type of shift to accommodate the widened I-26.

    Phase 1 is already underway (visualization at and widening is part of Phase 5 which is scheduled to start in 2027 and be complete in 2029.


    14 Feb 22 at 9:57 am

  56. The U-Haul self storage on Jamil Road *should* be closed. It's not like whoever owned/owns it did much to keep it secure. At the rear of the complex, you can see where the fence has been run down to make an entrance.

    An acquaintance had a unit there. When his unit was robbed, the police told him he there had been several incidents at this location recently. Management was oddly quiet about the situation.

    That area continues to go downhill...

    Lone Wolf

    14 Feb 22 at 10:16 am

  57. To be fair, the damaged fence at the U-Haul on Jamil Road is a relatively new thing. It was not damaged when we had to clear out our unit in August because SCDOT acquired the property as part of the Carolina Crossroads Project. The property also had a large fence that required an access code unique to each renter in order to gain access to the property. Additionally, someone in management used to live on site so there was always someone there, so I'm not sure what else one could reasonably expect from them in the way of security.

    As I reported back in November of 2021, in July of 2021 renters received a letter stating that the property had been acquired by SCDOT and that all units had to be vacated by the end of August 2021. A company from NC sent adjusters down to meet with renters and look over the contents of their units in order to determine the associated moving costs that would be paid by SCDOT.

    I will say though that once SCDOT did acquire the property, U-Haul seemed to shift everyone that had been working at the Jamil location over to the Zimalcrest location which had been understaffed due to Covid because at that point the Jamil office was no longer staffed.


    14 Feb 22 at 8:46 pm

  58. I just drove by the old comedy club on Berry Hill Road and the fire trucks are there doing what appears to be more training exercises so I'm guessing the building will be torn down soon.


    18 Feb 22 at 12:11 pm

  59. Ready to Play on Knox Abbott is closed.


    20 Feb 22 at 5:28 am

  60. Does anyone know any details regarding the Waffle House on South Lake Drive in Lexington? I drove by it today, and it appears to be gutted. We enjoyed a few Valentines Day dinners with them over the years.


    20 Feb 22 at 5:29 pm

  61. Looks like my skepticism that the Lizard's Thicket on Beltline will reopen was justified. There's currently a "for rent or sale" sign in front of the building.

    59 Ford Wheelman

    21 Feb 22 at 7:19 am

  62. You And Improved Esthetics on lady street abruptly shut down


    24 Feb 22 at 7:52 pm

  63. Payne

    Some Waffles Houses throughout Colimbia are going through upgrades, being gutted and rebuilt


    24 Feb 22 at 7:54 pm

  64. I rode by the Waffle House Payne inquired about yesterday afternoon and I get the impression that it is undergoing an overhaul similar to the one that has recently been discussed at Two Notch & Trenholm Road Extension.


    24 Feb 22 at 9:32 pm

  65. Thanks, Josh and Andrew!


    25 Feb 22 at 7:54 pm

  66. Looks like the BB&Ts have finally changed their signage to Truist. If I remember correctly, the merger was completed in 2019.


    26 Feb 22 at 8:50 pm

  67. The long ago closed Racetrac and whatever the station next to it was called at Broad River and I-20 have both been torn down. For the life of me I can't remember which day I drove by and saw the crew working, but it was sometime last week.


    1 Mar 22 at 8:26 pm

  68. The I-20 & Broad River Road interchange is due to be reworked as part of Phase 2 of the Carolina Crossroads project (which SCDOT is getting started on with phase 1 simultaneously)...the two stations Gypsie mentioned were vacant and this was the chance to raze them as part of the process. Garner Lane will be reworked to be shifted away from the interstate as part of this. Be that as it my, the original plan was for a SPUI there (akin to I-26 & 378) however a recent newsletter I got on the project showed an artist's rendering that leads me to believe it's going to be a DDI or diverging diamond interchange so I am not 100% sure what the gameplan is at this point.


    2 Mar 22 at 11:28 am

  69. Are there still plans to build a Cook-Out on Knox Abbott Drive, near Krispy Kreme? People were protesting it last year.


    3 Mar 22 at 2:17 pm

  70. Looks like Chen's in SV Commons has closed.


    3 Mar 22 at 3:03 pm

  71. Bricks and Stones Pizza Company located at 3234 Augusta Road in West Columbia has announced that it will close on March 19th.


    3 Mar 22 at 3:43 pm

  72. Robin, Cookout changed their mind after the backlash from the neighborhood. I really hope they do open somewhere on Knox.

    Mr. Bill

    3 Mar 22 at 3:57 pm

  73. Thank you, Bill. I agree that they would be nice addition to that road.


    4 Mar 22 at 4:50 pm

  74. I hate to hear about Bricks & Stones. Great food and service every time! On their Facebook page, one of their comments says: "Many reasons unfortunately cost of food, staff shortages, and the strain through Covid it was just to much and the business next store wants to expand so we decided it was time."


    4 Mar 22 at 4:54 pm

  75. Does anyone remember a pizza restaurant called Al's? I have vague memories of being there in the early '90s, as a small child. There might have been an owl on the sign.


    7 Mar 22 at 12:04 am

  76. @Robin - What part of town would Al's have been in?


    7 Mar 22 at 10:39 am

  77. Heath, my father says that Al’s was in Irmo area.


    7 Mar 22 at 2:53 pm

  78. I have found this article discussing the Bricks & Stones closing referenced earlier...


    7 Mar 22 at 3:20 pm

  79. @Robin, that's interesting! I don't remember it, and I lived in the area then. Was it a sit-down restaurant, or a take out place? Any other info your father can remember would help. I feel like it's something I should remember that's just not clicking at the moment.


    8 Mar 22 at 1:01 am

  80. Off the wall question, does anyone remember a restaurant named Cruisers? It was infront of Murray’s bar and grill. I believe it was a drive in. I remember as a kid I loved their corn dogs. Does anyone happen to have a picture? I can’t find anything at all online about it. Thanks.


    10 Mar 22 at 12:25 am

  81. Today's The State has this article talking about proposals to expand the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center area...


    10 Mar 22 at 10:38 am

  82. Heath - Thanks. I think the Al's place had tables, and I am quite sure that it was in a strip/plaza, not a stand-alone building.


    10 Mar 22 at 1:12 pm

  83. Are coffee shops with table service a thing of the past? I was re-watching episodes of “Frasier”, and the Cafe Nervosa scenes made me wonder. I don’t know of any cafe-type place (not a diner) where a server will take your order and bring your drinks in a regular mug/cup.


    14 Mar 22 at 3:27 am

  84. I believe Kaminski's still works that way.


    14 Mar 22 at 7:58 am

  85. The Shoneys in Lugoff has been torn down and the site cleared. It kinda looks like they may be getting ready to build something else there.


    14 Mar 22 at 4:02 pm

  86. Adding to what Gypsie said, the old Holiday Inn in Lugoff appears to be closed.


    15 Mar 22 at 1:32 pm

  87. the old Holiday Inn in Lugoff appears to be closed.


    15 Mar 22 at 1:33 pm

  88. @Gypsie The old Shoney's in Lugoff has been torn down and a Cook-Out will take its place. Here is proof:


    16 Mar 22 at 1:35 am

  89. While in Five Points Saturday I noticed the Sub Station II on Devine St where Jimmy Johns use to be was now closed. The awning had been ripped down and the inside looked empty.


    22 Mar 22 at 10:18 pm

  90. It looks like Good Greens on Two Notch Rd has closed. It has looked dark for the past couple of weeks and over the weekend, I noticed that they've now covered up the windows with paper.


    23 Mar 22 at 10:08 am

  91. @ted - The Carousel Boutique at 4525 Forest Dr is closed.


    24 Mar 22 at 10:55 am

  92. It looks like the Tripps Dry Cleaners on Lake Murray Blvd. in the strip mall that Piggly Wiggly used to be in has closed.


    24 Mar 22 at 5:00 pm

  93. What is with all the new gas stations?


    25 Mar 22 at 1:03 am

  94. They're needed because you can only afford enough gas to get to the next one!


    25 Mar 22 at 1:13 am

  95. Facebook chatter says that the Ballentine Hardee's at 1325 Dutch Fork Road in Irmo has closed. It's marked as "permanently closed" on Google and no longer appears on the Hardee's web site. I heard this location had greatly reduced hours during the pandemic. I have a love hate relationship with Hardee's, but my last several visits make me wonder how much longer the chain will survive. The cost seems way out of balance with value - but if I'm being honest that happens a lot for me these days.


    25 Mar 22 at 1:01 pm

  96. Columbia power sports on two notch has closed.

    Not sure when they opened but seems like at least a
    30+ year run.


    26 Mar 22 at 9:24 pm

  97. @John.... according to their website Columbia Powersports (not a typo - business name) Center was established in 1976.


    27 Mar 22 at 8:16 pm

  98. Those of us of a certain age will remember visiting Ghost Town In The Sky located in Maggie Valley, North Carolina. The link below is a window to the past of this nice amusement park from days gone by.

    Joe Shlabotnik

    28 Mar 22 at 5:05 am

  99. Those are some interesting pictures. I actually had not heard of this place growing up.


    28 Mar 22 at 11:12 pm

  100. My Dad was obsessed with these old west theme parks. When I was a kid we visited not only Ghost Town but places like Frontierland and Tweetsie Railroad several times. It seems like every couple of years a report states that someone has purchased the park and will reopen it. So far, none have panned out. Here are some links for an article and a couple of YouTube videos if anyone is interested....


    29 Mar 22 at 11:01 am

  101. ted

    29 Mar 22 at 11:10 am

  102. I figured I screwed them up...LOL... Thanks Ted!!


    29 Mar 22 at 11:47 am

  103. There was an Advance Auto Parts on Garner's Ferry that is now closed (or, at least, the signage is gone). It was beside the Enterprise Rent-A-Car at 7611-ish Garner's Ferry. Across from the Aldi.

    Justin S.

    29 Mar 22 at 10:05 pm

  104. Carolina Eastern was on Shop Road and a source for fertilizer for years. It has been closed and the property is on the market.


    30 Mar 22 at 7:17 am

  105. With regard to the latest post concerning the Sub Station II closing, a new SSII is currently in the process of opening directly across from Moe's in the Village at Sandhill (in the old Cingular Wireless store).


    1 Apr 22 at 1:23 am

  106. @robin - I agree about all the new gas stations (and car washes) - they're the new drugstores, I guess. :/


    5 Apr 22 at 10:03 pm

  107. Seems like it. According to a couple of articles, some gas station brands are focusing more on the customer service and products inside the store.


    7 Apr 22 at 12:45 pm

  108. ^^ part of it is the fact that (from what I understand) the profit margin on the inside items (food, snacks, beverages, etc.) is higher than the gasoline...QT bills itself as "more than a gas station" and they have a kitchen with pizza, subs, grilled cheese and frozen dairy items in addition to the typical inventory that gas stations carry.

    The one dislike I have about these new gas stations (Murphy USA, QT, upgraded Circle K, etc.) is that they tend to shy away from car washes.


    8 Apr 22 at 9:08 am

  109. I can confirm. My grandparents ran a gas station and made all their money from selling items in the store. I would assume that very little (if any) of the profits made from selling gasoline actually went to the store owners/managers. Granted, this was a number of years ago, so things could’ve changed.


    8 Apr 22 at 9:32 pm

  110. The Firestone at Parklane and O'Neil has gone dark, as has the Cod & Tail restaurant on Decker (site of the old Rush's).


    9 Apr 22 at 9:48 am

  111. If I am not mistaken, movie theaters were similar to gas in that way: most of the money was made selling the drinks and snacks, not tickets. Now I feel guilty for all the times that I snuck candy and bottled water inside my purse!


    10 Apr 22 at 6:34 pm

  112. […] alley between Liberty Tap Room and Hampton Inn, there is a ghost sign for Lincoln Street Cafe. The only mention we were able to track down was that it was a short-lived restaurant located there in the […]

  113. I was in the Three Fountains area of West Columbia today. Someone was doing repairs on the former building for Belle's Tavern, across from the Sonic. The name is gone from the building now. I never went there, but I think it has been closed for at least one year. The most recent Google review is from four years ago.


    15 Apr 22 at 9:37 pm

  114. Chick-Fil-A on Augusta Road (West Columbia) now has one lane for regular drive-through and one for mobile orders only. So the line for drive-through is now even longer. Two lanes were already causing that plaza to be crowded. I don't eat there much anymore, but I went the other day. Exactly one car used the mobile lane while the drive-through wait was ridiculous.


    16 Apr 22 at 4:45 am

  115. The old Wells Fargo building at 165 Columbiana Drive has been torn down.


    17 Apr 22 at 10:54 pm

  116. There are a couple of Checkers restaurants making their way through the bidding process.
    1. 901 Bush River Rd - This is the site of the H Rubin eye center on Bush River @ Malfunction Junction. I'm sure the developers know that this whole intersection is about to resemble a war zone when the construction on the interstate starts, right?
    2. 7373 Two Notch Rd - This is the old bank next to the Harbor Inn seafood.


    19 Apr 22 at 11:18 am

  117. The old automotive place (I think that’s what the awning says) at the intersection of Forest,Taylor, Millwood, Two Notch is currently being demolished.


    21 Apr 22 at 10:32 am

  118. Rick Woodley, owner of Woodley's Garden Center, was looking to retire and that means both a name & ownership change for both Garden Centers per this Coladaily article.


    21 Apr 22 at 11:34 am

  119. The building at Taylor & Millwood which Larry mentions was the old Kar Kare. There were some postings here in 2014 when it closed.


    22 Apr 22 at 8:10 am

  120. Hate to see Woodlley’s close but will definitely visit the new guys


    22 Apr 22 at 9:23 pm

  121. The Lexington Chronicle website has an article about restaurants that were recently given "C" grades during inspection by DHEC.

    - La Estrella (1921 Airport Blvd. in West Columbia)
    - Mi Tierra (4944 Highway 321 in Gaston)
    - Nick’s Gyro and Seafood at (780 St Andrews Blvd)
    - Rivera’s Supermercado (1618 Airport Blvd. in West Columbia) - Wings and More (100 Columbiana Circle #1272)
    - Domino’s (621 St. Andrews Rd)
    - Fatz (942 E Main St. in Lexington)
    - Lexington County Detention Center (521 Gibson Rd. in Lexington)
    - Taqueria Chile Caliente (5343 Highway 321 in Gaston)
    - US Wings and Deli (275 Harbison Blvd)

    La Estrella has since improved their grade to "A".

    The article has details about some of the things that were found during inspections.


    23 Apr 22 at 10:47 am

  122. The Harvey’s on decker is finally having a new tenant, also the BP on Alpine is turning into a shell.

    That Guy

    24 Apr 22 at 9:59 pm

  123. Uno Pizzeria & Grill in Lexington closed for good last night.


    25 Apr 22 at 8:26 am

  124. Wow! I was there Saturday night. I always thought cutting their hours so much coming out of the pandemic was a bad idea.


    25 Apr 22 at 8:37 am

  125. Yesterday's The State had this article talking about the future of Two Notch Road and talking about plans for the former Midland shopping Center to include a FRESH Communities Market groceries store...part of it is that is now Palmetto Place...home to the Edgewood Post Office (which has to be the most hidden PO I've ever seen in my life)...


    25 Apr 22 at 10:13 am

  126. Looks like JCPenney is buying Kohl's for $8.6 Billion. This reminds me of when Kmart bought Sears. I assume this will cause some sort of effect with local Midlands stores.

    Here is an article:


    28 Apr 22 at 1:21 am

  127. I wondered if someone would buy Kohl's. They already let you return Amazon purchases at their stores. Maybe that was an attempt at making more people go there?


    30 Apr 22 at 11:12 am

  128. RIP Benji Norton

    Longtime Columbia DJ for Fox 102


    1 May 22 at 8:43 pm

  129. Per a letter I received today, the Wells Fargo branch at 6119 St. Andrews Rd. will permanently close on August 3, 2022.

    I must say, I'm not real happy about having to either go to Dutch Square or Harbison to do my banking now. The St. Andrews Rd. location was less than a mile for me.


    2 May 22 at 11:35 am

  130. @Gypsie - I got that letter as well. I'm not happy about it, but this branch appears to have been losing business volume since before the Kung Flu hit. I've watched a number of employees "get transferred" and desks sit unused.

    Regrettably, Harbison is likely the best alternative. Getting in and out of there is challenging, and traffic is ghastly. But, at least you avoid "the Broad River corridor", which has been deteriorating for years.

    Lone Wolf

    3 May 22 at 9:26 am

  131. I have this Coladaily report announcing plans to close an artists' gallery in the Village at Sandhill...


    3 May 22 at 3:45 pm

  132. The La Fiesta restaurant in West Columbia, on Charleston Highway, is closed except for to-go orders. And they were closed for a few days before Easter.


    3 May 22 at 4:00 pm

  133. Bordon has announced that it closing it's North Charleston plant by the end of May. Consequently, Bordon products will no longer be available in SC


    5 May 22 at 12:26 pm

  134. Borden Dairy?


    5 May 22 at 1:46 pm

  135. Looks like the Lawyer Lisa branch on Fernandina Road has moved. Their website and Google still list it as being there, but when you ride by all the signage is gone and there's writing on the windows that indicates it is no longer there.


    13 May 22 at 11:34 am

  136. Believe the Lawyer Lisa office is another victim of Carolina Crossroads. Recently on WLTX they highlighted the jewelry store in front of Roses on St.Andrews will also be purchased for that project. I’m assuming that will either be for the on ramp to 26 or they are rerouting Fernandina to come out in that area since it’s a good way from 26 itself. Wonder if IHOP will survive.


    13 May 22 at 6:34 pm

  137. I have found the WLTX article Larry mentioned concerning Jarrett & is unclear to me why they need that property and like Larry I wonder about IHOP.

    I do know they're planning on a SPUI for St. Andrews & I-26 and supposedly the Motel 6 property will be acquired as a part of this I recall reading...I have no doubt that most of the others in the vicinity will be impacted in some form or fashion though it is a chapter that is yet to be written)...


    14 May 22 at 10:57 am

  138. La Fiesta in West Columbia is now completely open again.


    16 May 22 at 9:47 pm

  139. Today's The State print edition had a blurb indicating that the Bojangle's at 4301 Fort Jackson Blvd. will be getting demolished and rebuilt before much longer (much like the Chick-fil-A at 294 Harbison Blvd is getting ready to have done)...


    16 May 22 at 11:16 pm

  140. Today's The State print edition had a blurb indicating that the Bojangle's at 4301 Fort Jackson Blvd. will be getting demolished and rebuilt before much longer (much like the Chick-fil-A at 294 Harbison Blvd is getting ready to have done)...

    ** EDIT: corrected italics tag


    16 May 22 at 11:16 pm

  141. A few five points closings:
    It appears Sushi Yoshi and Pita Pit are closed according to Google. Pita pit website shows the location but all the hours say closed. The one on Main Street didn’t even show up so that one could very well be closed permanently as well.

    Also five points salon has closed, I know this one to be true.


    19 May 22 at 11:46 am

  142. Has anyone heard of controversy over a possible new neighborhood development on/near F Avenue, in West Columbia? I overheard something about it, but I can't find any articles.


    20 May 22 at 12:55 am

  143. Larry

    20 May 22 at 7:16 am

  144. Thank you, Larry


    20 May 22 at 7:57 am

  145. Heads up. The old Quality/Travelodge in Horseshoe Dr is back up and running under Hotel Columbia Inn and Suites. The hotel went through a multimillion dollar renovation in hopes of opening as the Red Lion Inn and Suites after changing multiple hands someone finally opened the hotel.

    Also, across the street the old La Quinta that had a fire is undergoing significant renovation. It looks like its going to reopen as a newer style La Quinta.


    22 May 22 at 11:23 am

  146. While driving past Lizards Thicket on South Beltline? Noticed the building is for sale now..or so it looks like. I guess with no one wanting to work anymore, they had no choice but to sell. Anybody else see this? or know anything about it?


    24 May 22 at 4:21 pm

  147. The Lizard's Thicket on Beltline has already featured here.


    24 May 22 at 4:35 pm

  148. This story showed up on my Google news feed and has 3 old pictures of Columbia from 1974. Can anyone figure out where these are?


    24 May 22 at 6:06 pm

  149. These are all in the Devine/Fort Jackson Boulevard intersection area. Pictures one and two are fairly easy to visualize as being taken looking down Devine towards the intersection (the first one perhaps about at Crowson). You can easily see the IHOP and the (sign for) the old Hardee's that became Eggroll Station. In the second one, you can see the old Martin's Coffee House past the IHOP.

    I have more trouble visualizing where the third one would have been taken that McDonalds would be straight ahead. It almost looks like it could have been taken looking down Devine Street towards Woodhill, but in that case the old Kmart and Hardees would have been on the left.


    24 May 22 at 6:34 pm

  150. The gas station in front of the old I-Hop used to be a Texaco back in the late 60's. I guess the old A&W Rootbeer Drive-In had been torn down by then? I remember it right well though since it was right across the street from the Drive-In where Family Mart/ Kroger was built. McDonalds on Wildcat rd. has been there as long as I can remember, but don't see a picture of what it looked like then. I dont remember when Texaco changed over or was bought out by Exxon/Esso though. I thought it was up the street a bit towards the back side of Midlands Tech.


    24 May 22 at 10:21 pm

  151. Chick Fil A on Harbison is now closed for remodeling, etc. Their parking lot has traffic cones blocking off the entrance.

    Lone Wolf

    25 May 22 at 7:45 am

  152. @Ted You are right about the 3rd picture, it is looking down towards Woodhill Mall. The Kmart and Hardee's is on the left. You know Devine curves around to the right putting the signs on the left. You can actually see the top of McDonald right past the signs. Applebee's is where Wallay's Tires sit in the picture. And in front of Wally's tires in the end of Jackson Blvd.


    25 May 22 at 2:02 pm

  153. The CVS in the shopping center behind the Firestone store at the corner of Two Notch and Sparkleberry is closing at the end of June. This was an original Revco and is near the original location of the Wal Mart in this area. The closest CVS is at Sparkleberry and Clemson.


    28 May 22 at 6:36 pm

  154. Correction: Two Notch and Polo, not Sparkleberry


    28 May 22 at 6:37 pm

  155. If you went to HS in the '70s: I am trying to help a family member recall the name of a female classmate at Spring Valley High. She died in a car accident on Hardscrabble Road, on the way to school, in 1977/8/9. Sorry for asking here. I've searched a few times and can't find any listings.


    28 May 22 at 8:21 pm

  156. Firey Crab in Northeast Columbia may be closing soon. Someone who appears to be associated with the restaurant posted in a FB restaurant group that their last day will be May 30th. This wasn't their official page, so I'd classify this as a "possible closing" - but in my experience, usually sad rumors are true.


    29 May 22 at 1:02 pm

  157. Folks I have discovered this Coladaily article confirming Heath's indication that the Fiery Crab location at the corner of Sparkleberry Lane & Graces Way is history (after lasting around 3 years)...


    31 May 22 at 8:49 am

  158. Reliable Auto Care Experts on Barnwell Rd in West Cola appears to have closed. I work nearby, and for years this building was overrun with weeds but it looked sturdy and solidly built. 2 or 3 years ago they cleaned it up and it appeared to be very busy. This is near the old Bi-Lo on Emmanuel Church Road and it kinda sits in the Airport's outer parcels.


    1 Jun 22 at 2:08 pm

  159. My favorite time of year now and as a child is Christmas! I absolutely loved when mama took us to Dutch Square to see the exciting Christmas decorations and if we were good, talk to Santa. I know the decorations would now be so considered out of style but I adored them! Does anyone know whatever happened to all of the decorations from the late 70’s? You could peek inside the North Pole workshops and see the little squirrels and bears hard at work making toys! Such beautiful memories for a young child of 4 or 5! Thank you


    5 Jun 22 at 2:46 am

  160. I sometimes wonder what happened to Leonard Bearstein and his all bear Christmas orchestra at Richland Mall. One year they just stopped setting it up and I don't know if that was deliberate or it was just that the only guy who knew how to do it left.


    6 Jun 22 at 8:28 am

  161. Speaking of Christmas Decorations I remember about 20-25 years ago (late 90s/early 2000s) Rosewood used to have some nice Christmas figurines that would align the power poles along that stretch of roadway and I used to think so fondly on them that I used to enjoy but they aren't a thing anymore (replaced with generic snowflakes last I knew) and I've dealt with similar feelings towards those.

    I have noticed in recent years that Five Points has stuff simliar to what I remember Rosewood having.


    6 Jun 22 at 10:19 am

  162. Heard tonight that the CVS in West Columbia next to JoAnn's is closing July 12


    7 Jun 22 at 10:20 pm

  163. I wondered if that CVS would close eventually. Another one was built so close. The one across from Guignard Park.


    9 Jun 22 at 12:18 am

  164. The Guingard Park CVS location Robin referenced was built in 2009 as they moved out of Parkland Plaza to have a store with a drive thru on the site of a hotel that had sat abandoned for a while (and did feature here).

    US 321 between Knoxx Abott and I-26 has had 2 CVS locations for quite a while...the one that Tom says will be closing on July 12 (1210 Charleston Highway) and andother one at 2410 Charleston Highway (near Edenwood)...I wonder if the close proximity is a factor here (I remember an Eckerd at Broad River & St. Andrews that closed years ago and someone noted that there were 3 other Eckerds within a 5-10 mile radius that were a squeeze on profit margins so perhaps that is a factor as well).

    Another thing, this is the 3rd CVS closure we've had in the last year. The 2571 one closed around this time last year (and featured here)...Thomas noted earlier in the thread that the Polo Plaza CVS (9712 Two Notch Road) is imminent...I think lack of a drive through is a factor there and plus I got some type of lonely vibe from that store last time I was there.


    9 Jun 22 at 8:33 am

  165. @Andrew, my understanding is that CVS is looking at stores that are physically old (the maintenance cost of the JoAnne store was a factor in its closing) or underperforming.

    Right now there is a lot speculation that the Broad River & St. Andrews location will close.


    9 Jun 22 at 11:11 am

  166. Andrew, I also feel the "lonely vibe" at some of these locations.

    I worked at a different drugstore chain in the past, and it was my experience that people hate being cashiers/store associates at these places. Customers are often grumpy because of health issues and prices of their medication. Many of the groceries/snacks and household items are overpriced. A lot of merchandise sits and gathers dust. And if the store sells lottery tickets (I think CVS does), you deal with those addicts.


    9 Jun 22 at 3:30 pm

  167. A few places on St. Andrews Rd. to report...

    City Mattress at 4512 has gone out of business. Google shows it as temporarily closed, but the building has an Available sign out front.

    The former Coldwell Banker building at 459 is for sale.

    1030 is also for sale. I believe there was a bail bondsman and some kind of counseling service in there at one point if memory serves correctly.

    A-1 Equipment Rental at 912 appears to have gone bye-bye as their sign is gone and the building is now for sale.


    11 Jun 22 at 9:14 am

  168. @ Robin- CVS has never sold lottery tickets.


    13 Jun 22 at 2:03 pm

  169. I've been to a CVS in North Charleston that sold lottery tickets. The one on University Boulevard.


    14 Jun 22 at 8:09 pm

  170. No mention in the listings of "Mauro's" (also known as MLJ Mauro's Pizza. Was on Main St. 1970s to mid - 1980s, near Varsity Billiards.

    Jim Little

    14 Jun 22 at 11:08 pm

  171. I think I remember eating at Mauro's once or twice while I was living in The Towers. Maybe I'll find an old ad or phonebook entry for it someday to hang a post on.


    15 Jun 22 at 12:03 am

  172. Mauro’s had great calzones!
    They came in a brown paper bag


    15 Jun 22 at 1:50 pm

  173. @Jim Little,

    Mauro's lived on in to the early to mid 90s under a different owner named Joe. I wrote a bit about it in the comments on The Big Bird closing, as it ended up there for a short time as "Mauro's Big Bird" before closing for good.


    16 Jun 22 at 1:08 am

  174. A bad sign at Rush's. The Rush's on Sunset Blvd. in front of Target posted reduced hours of service. They now open at 11am. I for one liked being able to get a 'burger basket brunch' at 10:30 in the am. Now I'm sad & worried what may happen next.


    16 Jun 22 at 8:04 am

  175. That is Warning Sign #1...


    16 Jun 22 at 9:54 am

  176. Another thing I noticed. That Rush's was using generic drinking cups without their trademark logo. Supply issues? Or cost cutting?


    18 Jun 22 at 7:33 am

  177. I have seen that several places recently. Pretty sure that's how Moe's is right now.


    18 Jun 22 at 2:14 pm

  178. What is/was the name of the old school on the other side of the old Midlands Shopping Center? Not sure what's in there now, but I can't remember seeing the name of the school and I don't remember now.

    Del B

    18 Jun 22 at 2:44 pm

  179. Does anyone know what is going on at the hotel on the frontage road at the Airport Export? The hotel is just down from Kenworth. The main signage on the hotel has been gone for sometime now and the hotel does not appear to be in business, but there are clearly people staying in at least a few of the bottom floor rooms as there are cars, outdoor furniture, plants, etc. outside the rooms.


    19 Jun 22 at 1:26 pm

  180. You need to check E L Wright again, unfortunately the new school will be delayed until early 2023 or so.

    That Guy

    20 Jun 22 at 2:12 am

  181. Does anyone know if longtime radio voice and traffic reporter Tumbleweed was laid off with iHeart radio’s latest cuts? I remember he use to be Jonathan Rush’s sidekick on WNOK before moving over to WVOC and then doing traffic reports while Mr. Rush moved to WCOS. If anything that imbecile Kelly Nash along with Jonothan Rush should have been let go, pure offensive trash.


    21 Jun 22 at 9:11 am

  182. Fusco's Market on Dreher Shoals Road in the Irmo / Ballentine area abruptly announced that they're closed "until further notice" yesterday. No explanation, so maybe it's temporary?


    22 Jun 22 at 10:55 am

  183. I have this Coladaily article discussing the Fusco's closure Heath mentioned...notice he apparently has had to close several other places he owned...


    22 Jun 22 at 12:55 pm

  184. It looks like Fusco's Market reopened today.


    23 Jun 22 at 1:57 pm

  185. The old Burnetts Dry Cleaners building at 5213 Trenholm (next to Forest Acres City Hall) is currently being demolished.


    23 Jun 22 at 9:26 pm

  186. After a couple of years of employees working from home I am surprised more dry cleaners are not closing down.

    Joe Shlabotnik

    24 Jun 22 at 11:28 am

  187. @Logan - Tumbleweed was indeed laid off during iHeart's most recent "reorganizing".

    You're certainly entitled to your opinion, but folks like Jonathon Rush, Kelly Nash, etc. have loyal followings and proven industry track records. As much as iHeart may want, Ryan Seacrest can't be the voice of every station, everywhere all the time.

    At this rate, I can't believe there's anyone left to let go. Last person out, turn off the lights.

    Lone Wolf

    24 Jun 22 at 12:16 pm

  188. L A Shoe Repair & Alterations - 7715 St. Andrews Rd. Their online listing shows as "temporarily closed" but there is an available sign on the building.

    Amora Sports Bar and Grill on Bush River Rd. does not appear to be reopening. There have been no signs of activity in over a year (I live around the corner). Their last activity on Facebook was in April 2021 so I'd guess they closed soon after that.


    24 Jun 22 at 1:40 pm

  189. @Lone Wolf

    Thanks for the update, that’s really unfortunate. I assume Gary Mills was also laid off.

    I actually like Gary David and Christopher Thompson still to do this day but I can’t Rush and Nash anymore but that’s my personal opinion.


    24 Jun 22 at 3:55 pm

  190. @Logan - happy to help, where I can. I do not have any information about Mills, I'm sorry to say. It's sad to hear when someone loses a job, especially if they've been around a good while.

    Any position in corporate radio is like riding rodeo. It's an exciting ride, but it's a cruel mistress. Since deregulation, it's all corporate, at some level. I could be wrong, but I believe iHeart and Cumulus are/were working their way out of bankruptcy. iHeart has been especially tough with laying people off over the years...

    Lone Wolf

    25 Jun 22 at 10:01 am

  191. Have you added chic fila on Harbison (remodel) and Hardee's in Ballentine?


    1 Jul 22 at 2:23 pm

  192. It appears the Comedy House on Decker has closed. The phone has an ancient message and the twitter feed no longer has any info on the Columbia Comedy house. I asked if they were still open? The reply was that they no longer paid their bills therefore they get no promotion.


    3 Jul 22 at 7:30 pm

  193. Hmm. lists events there this month..


    4 Jul 22 at 2:34 am

  194. Does anyone else remember that Comedy House location closing multiple times in the past? I vividly recall at least two instances where I heard that it closed and then I would ride by there some time later and the place would be open.


    5 Jul 22 at 1:34 am

  195. I noticed the Marlboro Inn on Forest Drive is all boarded up. Wonder if it was acquired by Lexington Medical like the old Steak and Ale next door


    7 Jul 22 at 7:47 pm

  196. The Subway at 509 Meeting St in West Columbia is closed.


    9 Jul 22 at 8:12 pm

  197. Yes, pretty sure I updated that post a few weeks ago.


    9 Jul 22 at 10:54 pm

  198. Vampire Penguin which opened last fall in the strip at Percival and Forest Dr where Wing Stop and Panera are located, announced it will be closing permanently on 7/17/2022.


    10 Jul 22 at 10:30 am

  199. We went there right when it opened in Oct 2021 and we were put off that during the middle of a covid wave neither staff member was wearing a mask. It was also expensive and took forever to get our order.


    13 Jul 22 at 2:59 pm

  200. Bohemian on Devine street is going out of business. They are still open but doing liquidation sales.


    15 Jul 22 at 5:22 pm

  201. There are several new bakery businesses recently. Five just in West Columbia. Not criticizing, just curious about the new trend.


    17 Jul 22 at 7:19 am

  202. I don't see Koon's Nursery on the list. It was located at 1513 Shady Grove Road in Irmo and closed somewhere around 2018/2019 if I remember correctly. The owners were really nice people.


    17 Jul 22 at 8:01 am

  203. The O'Charley's in Lexington is closed for remodeling. Death nail? Last couple of times we've been there it's been a small crowd. They removed my favorite item from their menu, Prime Rib Sandwich, so we mainly go there for convenience at this point. They do have yummy rolls.


    18 Jul 22 at 8:30 am

  204. Ok here's a Myrtle Beach closing I'm curious about. Growing up in Augusta, we used to always hear about the Rice Planters in Myrtle Beach. Folks would say it was greatest seafood restaurant on the Grand Strand. We vacationed at Myrtle Beach in '86 and it was still around then - I remember seeing it on Highway 17, but instead we went to Oliver's Lodge in Murrell's Inlet. Then, nothing. At some point in the mid-90's I went to Myrtle Beach with college buds. While there, I asked about it, and the hotel owners acted kinda sad that it had closed.


    18 Jul 22 at 2:05 pm

  205. Studio 221 Interiors is closing, according to West Metro News website. West Columbia.


    18 Jul 22 at 2:39 pm

  206. Anybody know anything about the Que Bueno opening in the Publix shopping center in Irmo at Kennerly Crossing? This State paper article has a little info but I'm curious when it is expected to open. I'm hoping it will be a Moes/Salsarita/Qdoba type of place.


    18 Jul 22 at 3:54 pm

  207. Don’t have an additional info on that, but went to El Charro last night. Was very good. Atmosphere more like Don Tequilas than a San Jose type place. Pastor tacos were very good.


    20 Jul 22 at 8:27 am

  208. Good to hear, thanks for sharing. I've been wondering about that place as well. Kind of amazing that within a few square miles in that area we have a San Jose, Pedros, La Fogata, and now this El Charro.


    20 Jul 22 at 9:03 am

  209. @andy - update on Reliable Auto Care Experts - there is now a real estate sign out front, so looks like you made the right call.


    20 Jul 22 at 1:23 pm

  210. Greedy Rascals had a location in Rosewood at the old Pelican's snowballs. The mural that was behind the building on the ajoining business has been painted over. Their website ( shows this mural and appears that they now have a location in St Andrews.

    I've noticed that the Rosewood location hasn't been open for weeks if not months.


    20 Jul 22 at 10:03 pm

  211. I haven't been yet but I do the Greedy Rascals Matt mentioned on St. Andrews Road to be located in front of the CHEF'STORE in a former Tripp's Fine cleaners.


    21 Jul 22 at 1:25 pm

  212. @ted - Studio 221 Interiors at 536 Meeting St has a store closing sign up.


    22 Jul 22 at 11:22 am

  213. Based on the website for Studio 221, maybe it was not quite right for West Columbia during a pandemic. Their Facebook page has "Mood Board" images that include a pair of side tables for $638 and a pair of stools for $738. West Columbia is not like downtown Columbia or Charleston yet.


    23 Jul 22 at 2:12 am

  214. Wild Wing Cafe in Sandhills has closed. It was bound to happen.


    23 Jul 22 at 11:26 am

  215. Noticed today that the Eric’s San Jose on rosewood is closed with a for sale sign in front of it. I wonder what happened? They always seemed busy.


    23 Jul 22 at 3:39 pm

  216. @MB I drove by the San Jose a few weeks ago and they had a sign that said “closed until further notice due to staffing shortage”. Don’t know how long they were closed before shutting down permanently


    25 Jul 22 at 11:41 am

  217. Today's The State print edition had an article talking about plans to close Bohemian Home at 2720 Devine Street...


    25 Jul 22 at 12:47 pm

  218. Looks like the Spirit Halloween store will be in the old Save-A-lot on Saint Andrews Road. Maybe there will be more to come. I feel like there were at least three in Columbia last year.

    Rogue Helicopter Pilot

    25 Jul 22 at 7:38 pm

  219. The State has an article about ten industries that are projected to grow a lot in SC by 2030.
    #1 is "motion picture and sound recording" - business expected to grow 85.5%
    #2 is "other information services" - expected to grow 60.9%

    #7 does not surprise me: "warehousing and storage" - 26.1%
    #8 is "couriers and messengers" - 24.1% expected


    25 Jul 22 at 9:23 pm

  220. The old Mattress Firm building on Harbison Blvd near the railroad tracks is being torn down. Looks like they have cleared some of the land behind it as well.


    28 Jul 22 at 9:50 pm

  221. The Chick-Fil-A on Decker has moved to their new location on 2 Notch. I noticed last night that the signs were down and they were working on clearing out the building.


    29 Jul 22 at 7:56 am

  222. @MB I saw that too. Eric's San Jose was one of my favorites when they were on Garner's Ferry in front of Target, but after they moved it was downfall from there as well.

    @Sidney been waiting for that place to close for years. How many times did that Wild Wing Cafe get downgraded to a C by DHEC or have nasty plumbing issues due to poor construction/design? Yikes. Wild Wing as an overall company has really gone downhill over the years. The now closed location on Bower Parkway and the downtown Cola were great years ago but done in by terrible service and food. Last time I went to one in Anderson after a Clemson game it was lousy as well.


    29 Jul 22 at 11:11 am

  223. Beltline Grill has announced on Facebook that it's closing. It had some good looking food, and I had planned on trying it "someday" but never made it.


    29 Jul 22 at 5:17 pm

  224. There is a store beside Tropical Smoothie that has closed at Columbiana Station. The store is called Handpicked.


    30 Jul 22 at 10:36 am

  225. Update: Handpicked had this posting on their website: "Our Harbison Store is moving and the New Store location will be announced soon."


    30 Jul 22 at 6:33 pm

  226. Yesterday afternoon I confirmed that the closure of the Wells Fargo branch located at 6119 St. Andrews Road that Gypsie said was in the works has indeed come to pass and the property is for sale...


    5 Aug 22 at 10:29 am

  227. Seems like "the Harbison area" has lost a good bit of luster over the years. Harbison used to have Barnes & Nobel, Pier One and (obviously) Handpicked, to name a few. Now, you have PopShelf (owned by Dollar General), Five Below and Dollar Tree all on the same strip. And, you can choose from three (or is it four) different-but-essentially-the-same crab restaurants. There's also the growing "homeless" population that wasn't an issue even 6-8 years ago.

    Handpicked was in that location since 2001, if I'm remembering correctly. Y'all ever heard the canary in a coal mine metaphor?

    Lone Wolf

    7 Aug 22 at 9:43 am

  228. There isn't a canary in the coal mine. We just went through one of the worst pandemics that has affected retail nationwide. Harbison continues to be the entry point for new retailers. PopShelf is opening in Lexington and other areas. If Harbison didn't have Five Below and PopShelf, then the reference of the canary in the coal mine would be telling.


    7 Aug 22 at 1:34 pm

  229. I think the trend of having more discount stores is a national occurrence and not solely unique to Columbia or Harbison. Nearly every company that has exited that corridor has faced financial distress( or extinction in Pier1’s case.) Handpicked also closed their Devine St location in recent years. The Harbison area is still the most viable retail corridor in Columbia and there doesn’t really seem to be an heir apparent to take its place after over 30 years in existence. Sure some of the residential areas around it have fallen into decay but that’s going to happen as apartment complexes get older and there are newer and nicer options. Homelessness seems to be increasing in suburban areas around downtown. It seems to me more and more are congregating in areas like Harbison and Forest Dr instead of remaining downtown like in the past.

    As for the Crab restaurants, I don’t really get it. I know one on Lake Murray Blvd and one in North East Cola have closed. I can’t see that restaurant model surviving for long with that kind of saturation in such a small area.


    7 Aug 22 at 3:55 pm

  230. Harbison is getting bad. I think Popshelf and Five Below are fine there because these "discount retailers" are doing well everywhere. Same with Dollar General (who owns Popshelf, as was mentioned) and Dollar Tree. Items at Popshelf are supposed to cost an average of $5.

    As I understand, there is a trend of people leaving the crowded city areas and moving to smaller cities/towns. They buy cheaper stuff from places like Dollar General, Dollar Tree, thrift shops, and flea markets. They don't care about getting name-brand clothes and makeup from the mall anymore. Heck, more people are even keeping their own vegetable and fruit gardens.


    7 Aug 22 at 4:00 pm

  231. Some of the closures Lone Wolf eludes to stem from issues the companies were having at the corporate level. Pier One wound up closing companywide (as did Hancock Fabrics (where Tuesday Morning is now) and Anna's Linens (where Five Below is now)). Plus Lifeway, Circuity City, hhgregg, Phar Mor, Dressbarn, Bi-Lo, JB White, Parisian, Toys R Us, AC Moore Arts & Crafts, Goody's and Stein Mart are all examples of stores that the Harbison/Bower Parkway area used to have that have now closed companywide.

    Most areas go through certain 'ebb and flow' or 'rise & fall' cycles over a period of time...what this will wind up looking like for Harbison is a story that is yet to be written...


    7 Aug 22 at 5:20 pm

  232. Fire and Spice in Irmo abruptly announced that they're closing today on their Facebook page. Apparently they're just burnt out and done with it. They were located at 7971 N. Woodrow Street in the small strip mall outparcel across from Friarsgate Plaza where Bi-Lo used to be. It appears that an outfit called Roy's Grille will be taking over in their spot, and keeping a few favorite menu items. This was a place I always wanted to try, but their very limited hours didn't mesh well with my schedule, and I never got around to it.


    8 Aug 22 at 12:30 am

  233. Well, I guess trying to run a restaurant without ever having any actual food to sell *would* take it out of you.


    8 Aug 22 at 6:25 pm

  234. New "business watch program" in Cayce and West Columbia:

    Robin L.

    8 Aug 22 at 11:27 pm

  235. A Freddy's Custard & Steakburgers is going to be built at 1309 Charleston Highway in West Columbia. This is next to the McDonald's.


    9 Aug 22 at 9:44 am

  236. Rush's has announced a temporary closure of their Lexington location at 5101 Sunset Blvd. beginning August 13th. Apparently they're short staffed, and are using the staff that they have there to backfill other locations.


    9 Aug 22 at 3:42 pm

  237. Huh. I think I would have idled the Broad River location first. Although I guess that's their flagship store.


    9 Aug 22 at 11:36 pm

  238. The City of Forest Acres announced that Zoe’s on Forest Drive will be converted into a CAVA. CAVA bought Zoe’s recently and has been converting existing Zoe’s to CAVAs.


    10 Aug 22 at 3:38 pm

  239. Heard from extremely reputable source that Casa Linda on Beltline last day is August 31st. New restaurant moving in. Casa Linda will be dearly missed in this neighborhood. Loved the staff and the food.


    11 Aug 22 at 7:59 am

  240. @William -- Oh man, that's one of my go-tos!


    11 Aug 22 at 8:05 am

  241. This one was kind of hard to believe. My wife went to Kitty's Hallmark the other day and it was closed! Emptied out. Not sure the reason behind this, maybe Hallmark stores are not needed as much any more? Honestly I can't think of something similar nearby. But here is the listing for the space, available as of 7/14/2022. It's been there forever so not sure why it closed.


    11 Aug 22 at 12:35 pm

  242. According to their social media and an article in the State, the Whig at the corner of Main and Gervais will be closing later this year due to the purchase and redevelopment of the building they’re housed under.


    11 Aug 22 at 1:07 pm

  243. Yeppers as Larry said both The Whig’s Facebook page and WLTX and reporting as well the Whig will be closing by year’s end, maybe sooner.

    In the meantime the Post & Courrier reports the Finlay Park disaster will continue indefinitely:


    11 Aug 22 at 3:26 pm

  244. I have This Coladaily article explaining the plans...


    11 Aug 22 at 4:49 pm

  245. Does anyone remember a restaurant/bar that was under the Sheraton on Main St. in Columbia years ago? It was here Starbucks is now and was below ground level like the above-mentioned Whig. I think it was called Sherlock Pub or something like that.

    Very sad to see the Whig is closing btw. Best burgers in Cola in my opinion.


    12 Aug 22 at 5:36 pm

  246. Brian

    12 Aug 22 at 10:44 pm

  247. @Brian... it doesn't surprise me at all. Over the last 15 years or so at various points there have been "going out of business" and/or "building available" signs on Kitty's. It's been awhile since I was last in there, but at the time the inventory was low and the overall suggestion was to purchase online. The prices were also much higher than was necessary for what you were getting, but that's fairly typical for anything with a Hallmark logo on it.


    13 Aug 22 at 6:16 pm

  248. Not sure if it has been mentioned here already. I did not see it in the alphabetical listings or in the last few "Have Your Say" comments. Sherwood Furniture Warehouse at 4211 Augusta Warehouse is either closed or in the process of closing. They claimed to be Columbia's best kept furniture secret. I stopped in once. The space was very limited for a furniture store. It seems like the may have done more in special order because the limited space meant they did not have a wide selection of floor model displays.


    14 Aug 22 at 7:10 pm

  249. The Main's Best convenience store has been deemed a "public nuisance" and is now shut down:


    17 Aug 22 at 6:36 am

  250. @Brian, yes, that's the Sherlock I was thinking of, thanks for sharing!


    17 Aug 22 at 8:28 am

  251. As One Bridal on Elmwood has moved to a new location. There is a pink sign on the door that I believe states where they moved to, but I couldn't make out the writing as I drove past and didn't have time to stop by.


    17 Aug 22 at 4:50 pm

  252. Waffle House coming to Gaston, will be built next to Wendy's.

    Jimmy Freeman

    17 Aug 22 at 7:41 pm

  253. The Grand, located at 1621 Main Street in Columbia, has announced a temporary closing due to a fire in their building.


    17 Aug 22 at 9:24 pm

  254. This video mentions new businesses coming to Forest Acres: Crumbl Cookies, Home Goods, and Poogan's Southern Kitchen. Also, the city of Forest Acres wants to buy Richland Mall.


    19 Aug 22 at 6:15 am

  255. I have a couple scanned photographs of a former disco on Knox Abbott in Cayce that was called "Daddy's Saloon". It was an older house and later a church. I scanned them because the photos were prints. I can send them to the admin if you'll contact me. Daddy's was a wildly popular place for a short time in the late 70s. I used to go as a student at USC. The problem was, you had to cross KA to get to additional parking. I recall 2 guys were hit crossing the road, and perhaps died after the wreck. My recall is the Cayce PD used the incident to close the place down, which had become a nuisance due to the crowds.


    20 Aug 22 at 7:35 am

  256. I think Mrs. B's Soul Food at 676 St. Andrews Rd. may have closed. According to Google it is open right now, but repeated calls to their number only yield a short busy signal and then an automatic hang up and the sign in front of the building directs people to visit their other location at 511 Bush River Rd (the old Ruby Tuesday building at Dutch Square).


    20 Aug 22 at 3:48 pm

  257. According to Google, harambe Ethiopian is permanently closed


    21 Aug 22 at 6:49 pm

  258. According to a post in the Facebook group Columbia Eats, Wing Cafe at Village at Sandhill has closed.


    23 Aug 22 at 3:43 am

  259. The AMC Movie Theater in Dutch Square is now closed.


    23 Aug 22 at 7:13 am

  260. @Mr. Hat. From what I've heard/read, that was long overdue.


    23 Aug 22 at 8:35 am

  261. Will the last tenant in Dutch Square please turn the lights off.


    23 Aug 22 at 10:57 am

  262. Driving down I 20 eastbound between Broad River Road and the Broad River there are a couple of old billboards that have been exposed due to the clear cutting of trees


    23 Aug 22 at 9:39 pm

  263. @Tom -- That would be Garner Lane, I think.

    I noticed that clear cutting across from the Par 3. Somehow it even turned up an old house trailer though it seems to have been hauled off now. Anyone know what is going on there? They can't be building there I wouldn't think.


    23 Aug 22 at 9:59 pm

  264. Hey, everyone: three years ago, this month, my husband and I were robbed and shot, in Lexington County. This happened in a calm, average neighborhood; not a "bad" area. Someone approached asking for help, and I didn't want to "judge" them. If someone ever makes you uncomfortable, please RUN and GET AWAY from them. Surviving is more important than being "open-minded" and "not judging" someone who approaches you. Don't feel bad - just get yourself out of there! I want to post this in case it ever helps any of you.


    24 Aug 22 at 1:37 am

  265. In response to the questions about Tumbleweed at WVOC he is returning our station tomorrow 8/24/2022 as he has been rehired for now.

    Christopher Thompson

    24 Aug 22 at 1:47 am

  266. @ted, Garner Ln and the entire I-20/ Broad River Rd exit are being reconfigured so Garner will no longer share the two lane on ramp to I-20. You will now enter Garner Ln down at the road between Taco Bell and KFC.


    24 Aug 22 at 6:49 am

  267. I-20 and Broad River Road is getting redone as part of phase 2 of the Carolina Crossroads project. Originally they were going to put in a SPUI but they've decided on something called an offset diverging diamond interchange. Traffic (coming from the side where you'd turn to go to the Dutch Fork Post Office) will cross over to the left side, cross I-20 and then revert back to the right side once across I-20 (with the ramps positioned so either side can get to them at the same point). Here is a rendering.

    Another key point is to shift Garner Lane where you no longer access it at the interchange as part of a trend to shift frontage roads so they're spread out a little better and distanced from the interstate (one of the first steps in overhauling I-26 and US 378 into the SPUI it is today was to shift the frontage roads where they were distanced from the interstate).

    They're having a public meeting on this at Dutch Square on August 30, 2022 from 5-7 PM.


    24 Aug 22 at 8:22 am

  268. @Larry -- That sounds good. I've always hated the way you have to watch out for Garner Lane traffic while ramping onto I-20 there. The I-26 westbound on-ramp at Airport Boulevard is the same way.

    @Andrew -- If I understand the dimand thing, it is like the new I-95/A1A interchange in Yulee FL, and I really hate that. It's just counter intuitive and odd.


    24 Aug 22 at 8:40 am

  269. Just read that Dutch Square AMC theater is closed! I just saw "Nope" there like a couple weeks ago!!


    24 Aug 22 at 12:33 pm

  270. The CVS at 1210 Knox Abbott Blvd has closed permanently. Probably due to there being 2 other CVS locations within a mile of either direction.


    25 Aug 22 at 9:41 am

  271. AMC theater at Dutch Square closed. I remember in the 90's it was the first to have theater seating I think. But it waa obviously in the death spiral... The roof was missing tiles and had major leaks. And the guy that had always workee there was no longer there.


    25 Aug 22 at 9:52 am

  272. WLTX's website has where the Dutch Square Theater is having it's Grand Re-opening Saturday Sept. 3rd. We'll see how long last this time before something happens. Not the best area of town any more for sure.


    25 Aug 22 at 3:55 pm

  273. Simply Mac, an Apple authorized dealer that was open in Trenholm Plaza has closed. They originally had a sign on the door that said due to supply chain issues they would be temporarily closed. But that ended up being permanent. I’m guessing it was only fully operational for less than 6 months.


    26 Aug 22 at 8:14 pm

  274. Folks, SCDOT has come out with a Phase 2 visualization at showcasing phase 2 of the Carolina Crossroads project and showcasing what I-20 and Broad River Road is to ultimately look like...


    30 Aug 22 at 1:16 pm

  275. Civil Engineers don't get as much credit as they deserve. That's some beautiful design and I can't wait to drive on it.


    31 Aug 22 at 8:18 am

  276. August 31st has passed and Casa Linda on Beltline is still open. Hopefully things changed or it was a bad rumor.


    3 Sep 22 at 11:32 am

  277. The Post and Courrier is reporting that the KJ's Market grocery store at 4360 Augusta Road in Lexington is closing in September. From the picture, I believe this was once a Piggly Wiggly.


    3 Sep 22 at 12:36 pm

  278. Nothing about that Broad River Rd Phase 2 thing looks even remotely driver friendly. I understand how it might work in theory and even how it may work in other places, but people around here don't even seem to be able to follow BASIC road patterns without wrecking so my hopes of them being triumphant over something so complex is nada.

    I don't see these on the alphabetical list of closings, but the dental offices of Nancy M. Mandish and John L Edwards that used to be at 1380 Lake Murray Blvd. are gone. Signs have been taken down and the space seems to be completely empty. I'm not sure when it happened as I don't go that way much anymore since I no longer work in that vicinity.

    If you Google her name, there's a mention of her being retired and something about contacting an office on Broad River. I never went to her as a dentist but I did have a few dealings with her in another business capacity and she was very nice. John Edwards on the other hand... I went to him as a teenager and the experience was so traumatic that it would be nearly 20 years before I dared step foot in another dental office. I ran into him a few times over the years and he was always an ass so I hope he's hung up his hat for good.


    3 Sep 22 at 6:02 pm

  279. You're correct about KJ's, Heath. I drove by this evening, and there are "store closing" banners and mention of 25% off most items.


    3 Sep 22 at 8:29 pm

  280. @ted - The Toasty Hot Spot at 1305 Lady Street is temporarily closing until further notice. This was the former location of The Lunch Box.


    4 Sep 22 at 9:58 am

  281. I wish the newer KJ's in West Columbia, also on Augusta Road, would close. The place looks and feels dirty. Prices are ridiculous. Produce is subpar.


    4 Sep 22 at 11:13 am

  282. The Del Taco at 145 Harbison Blvd may have closed. It has been marked as "permanently closed" on Google, and I'm seeing some chatter about it closing. it still shows on Del Taco's locator, but it won't let you place an online order.


    4 Sep 22 at 1:57 pm

  283. @Heath - interesting on Del Taco. I saw a construction bid to renovate a spot to become a Taco Bell on Harbison. Wonder if Del Taco could become Taco Bell.


    4 Sep 22 at 2:57 pm

  284. The KJ’s Market grocery store on U.S. 1 in Lexington is set to close, with a liquidation sale already underway. The store, at 4360 Augusta Road, will close on Sept. 17, according to an employee. The store is holding a sale with 25 percent off most items that are in stock.

    Jimmy Freeman

    4 Sep 22 at 6:47 pm

  285. Bed Bath and Beyond may soon be history. It announced this week that it will lay off 20% of its workers and close 150 stores.
    And if that was not enough, they ousted their CEO in June and this past week their CFO jumped to his death from the 18th floor of the high rise he lived in. Last month he was named as a defendant in a class action suit accusing him and others of manipulating the BB&B's stock price.
    Speaking of that stock, it went from $4.34 a share in July to $30 in August to $8.63 this past Friday. Part of the reason for the yo-yo price is an investor who dumped 7.7 million shares causing the stock's value to drop 41%.
    I tell you it would be hard to a script writer to come up with a more convoluted tale.


    4 Sep 22 at 7:31 pm

  286. Convoluted tale is right, Tom. With 40 years of market experience I have never seen the craziness of MEME social media trades. A lot of unsuspecting speculators have lost their shirts recently.

    Joe Shlabotnik

    6 Sep 22 at 4:51 am

  287. I don't understand the apprehension toward intersection remodeling. Columbia traffic follows three simple rules: Go when light turns green. Go faster when light turns yellow. Continue going when light turns red.


    6 Sep 22 at 8:21 am

  288. It doesn't matter what they do to "Malfunction Junction What's your Function" still won't help. Columbia is full of idiot drivers and has always been that way. Everything was better before they ever though of redoing the hiway. It was some company/people from up North not even familiar with Columbia and the area that designed this mess you have now. The more they try to fix it, the worse it's gonna get. There's always gonna be those that don't know how to drive, or drive too fast or too slow that causes nothing but trouble. Columbia is that alone should tell you why things are they way they are.

    Del Bazemore

    6 Sep 22 at 8:58 am

  289. As far as those that think everyone in Fast Food Services should be paid 115.00 or more an hour, that's fine..but places like McDonalds, Burger King, Hardees and others were never meant to be a high paying job or career..unless you were a manager. Just remember, the more these people get paid or want to be paid, that cost is passed onto you the customer and the cost of your hamburgers and things are gonna go up. So if you're willing to pay 15.00 for a Hamburger, that's fine...more power to ya. But people are expendable and can be replaced by that way, the Company or Manager of any particular store won't have to worry about it. There's nothing wrong with gettin' paid more money to live off of, but Fast Food places were never meant to be that kind of business or high paying job. Here's a thought, don't like what you're being paid or treated? then find a job outside of Fast Food that will pay you more. Sure, there are rude and a** hole managers, and there always will be. So if you don't like your manager or supervisor, or the conditions you're working in, better yourself if you can and find something that pays better. But you're always gonna have jerk off managers..they've been around for many years. If you don't have the education or smartness or customn service skills it takes to do retail or some other job, then you have to live with how things are. Life's a bitch, then you die. I worked retail from 1982 through 2009 and had to live with how things were. People back then were paid on how much experience they had...and those that had more retail experience got paid more. I didn't complain because I needed a job. So don't like your current situation at FF? then do something about it...get off your ass and find something that pays better.

    Del Bazemore

    6 Sep 22 at 9:10 am

  290. meant to say 15.00 an hour..not 115.00 and hr.

    Del Bazemore

    6 Sep 22 at 9:11 am

  291. Just got an email from AMC that the theater on Forest Drive has now closed. They are referring everybody to visit the theater at Harbison as I guess that is the last AMC location in Columbia.


    7 Sep 22 at 2:03 am

  292. Not too surprising. I went by there on a recent Saturday evening (without checking online beforehand) to see what was playing, and at 9pm they were already done with showtimes.

    If you don't have any shows after 8 something on a Summer Saturday, you're in trouble.


    7 Sep 22 at 9:22 am

  293. Fact: I know the owner (Don) of Rush's, use to work for him.. He raised the price of a cheeseburger to $10ea - when covid started he ran off and purchased a home in Amstedam to go with him owning the whole top floor of senate plaze, and a home in Columbia. There is a reason why he is having to shutter stores presently, paying his employees pennys so he can have extra money to run back and forth between Amsterdam and Columbia, SC


    7 Sep 22 at 2:21 pm

  294. The P&C has confirmed Taco Bell will be renovating and taking over the Del Taco location at Harbison.


    7 Sep 22 at 2:21 pm

  295. Ted, you are right. Your post made me recall when the theaters were all on Main Street and they had dueling Midnite Movies. People lined up down the street to get in. And I do not think anyone got shot.

    Joe Shlabotnik

    7 Sep 22 at 4:53 pm

  296. To Rush's or not to Rush's. We gave that place up in the late 90s when Sonic appeared. Rush's seemed to want to beat Sonic to the race to the bottom. I hope Rush's finds it first. To Rush's Harbison, you should be ashamed what you do.


    8 Sep 22 at 2:44 am

  297. Interesting that the Del Taco is changing. That is the only one in Columbia, am I correct? I guess people here did not like it. I've never been to one, so I don't know why that might be.


    9 Sep 22 at 3:22 am

  298. Del Taco Harbison is being fixed up. I drove by it this afternoon. There's a sign out front saying "Taco Bell coming soon". Del Taco was expensive for what it was and the "side" for a lot of meals was fries. Small portions. None of it really any good. At least it didn't cost me severe stomach upset for 3 days like my last visit to Rush's Harbison in 1998. :)


    9 Sep 22 at 9:33 pm

  299. The blue and yellow building (roofing or sod business - I can never remember) on Jamil just down from Carmax has a "We are relocating" sign on it now. I'm sure it's due to the interstate changes which I still can't visualize given what they claimed and what has recently been built.

    Re: Del Taco... their fries were better than their tacos. I'm happy to have a Taco Bell on Harbison but I'll be happier when they bring back the caramel apple empanadas. Whoever made the call to take those off the menu is on my mortal enemies list.


    10 Sep 22 at 2:30 pm

  300. When downtown Columbia WAS downtown, and there you had all the theaters around at that time, there was The Ritz/Plaza, Fox, The Miracle, The Palmetto, The Carolina and later on Jefferson Square Theater. Back in the early even mid 70's on back, downtown had some of the best places to shop and see movies and things, and no one worried about being shot. But times and people change...and sometimes not for the better. Columbia was somewhat hip actually at that we had the "Carolina Queen" tram that you could ride up and down main street to where you needed to go. I remember too when they built the Golden Eagle Hotel..but that shows my age somewhat. But that's OK. Nothing is meant to last forever. Downtown is nothing like it was, and I feel sorry for those that never got to experience what it was like back then. When Dutch Square and Columbia Malls were built, that's when things changed. I remember the Drive In theater across from the Fairground..but don't remember the name of it now, or when it closed and was torn down.


    11 Sep 22 at 12:52 am

  301. Anyone remember The UFO hangout on North Main. ? What year did it close or was forced to close? late 60's? or early 70's? Didn't Carl Singmaster open up Manifest Records in the same building?


    11 Sep 22 at 12:55 am

  302. Talking about when Columbia was hip, we had some of the big and famous celebs. of that time come through. For the Christmas Parade downtown, there were "Parade Marshalls" like James Drury of the Virginian, Lorne Greene ( Bonanza), Ed Aames (Daniel Boone TV series), Bill Mummy from Lost in Space and William Shatner from Star Trek. Bob Hope came through at the old Coliseum, The Beach Boys, Al Hirt, Flip Wilson, The Boston Pops with Arthur Fiedler , The Four Seasons who opened for Bob Hope..even Paul Revere and The Raiders in 1967 played at the original Dreher High School Auditorium. So Columbia was right with it for that time.


    11 Sep 22 at 1:05 am

  303. The roofing company Gypsie mentioned is called Grier Roofing.

    Here's the thing: Phase 4 of the Carolina Crossroads project will involve widening that stretch of I-26 which will inevitably mean shifting Jamil & Fernadina Road to accommodate the wider interstate (I get the impression that SCDOT is still working on some of the kinks of it though). I also understand that SCDOT has an engineer that will be focused on the Carolina Crossroads project until the completion thereof (currently scheduled for 2029). Part of this phase will mean overhauling I-26 and Harbison to a 'traditional diamond' interchange (eliminating the loop on the Lowe's side of it)...however the Applebee's and Hooter's will likely be history as part of this...and plus I-26 and St. Andrews will be overhauled (in phase 3) into a SPUI.

    I am happy that as the QT at Piney Grove Road & Jamil takes shape that the intersection of Piney Grove Road/Jamil Road/Bower Parkway is getting some improvements (looks like 3 right turn lanes are going in).

    I only ate Del Taco was fine I just never made it back...I have never eaten at Taco Bell nor do I particularly care of it (I've also never been a Sonic fan, either)...but I've always liked Rush's (though I'll admit they're high).


    11 Sep 22 at 12:54 pm

  304. AMC on Forest Drive is closed.


    11 Sep 22 at 7:22 pm

  305. I'm not sure if it's already been mentioned or not, but the Overstock store at 932 North Lake Drive has a going out of business sign on it.

    I like Sonic for their tater tots, burgers, and slushes. I like Rush's fries, but I'm not a fan of anything else they have.

    @Andrew... I think what trips me up about the Jamil area is that I just can't visualize what the end game is supposed to look like now that they have built the two QT stations. It just seems like what DOT took (landwise) and left is very patchwork so everyone I've talked to about it is just as lost as I am.

    Also, I hate change and I'm more than just a little worried about the ability of all the "I'm too busy talking on my phone or messing with my makeup" drivers to learn new traffic patterns without rearending or sideswiping me more than they already have in the last few years.


    12 Sep 22 at 6:33 pm

  306. Bad drivers is argument for change, not against it. These new designs enforce greater safety by way of physical separation, so headaches like merge-before-diverge and collisions on left turns can't happen any more because the cloverleafs and regular intersections are transforming into segmented ramps and diverging diamond interchanges. People will still be dumb, but the new infrastructure will give them fewer opportunities.


    13 Sep 22 at 10:25 am

  307. @mitch and @robin The first Columbia Del Taco opened in Columbia Mall in the late '80s across from Schiano's Pizza's original upstairs location by JC Penney's. I manned the register and took the very first order when they opened. Holler...


    13 Sep 22 at 12:34 pm

  308. ^^ part of the rationale that SCDOT has used to justify these interchange overhauls is that they'll reduce the number of 'conflict points' in terms of drivers turning, facing oncoming traffic, etc.


    13 Sep 22 at 12:35 pm

  309. @Ted didn't you post some old Columbia Mall store listings from the '80s at one time on here, or was that from other area malls?


    13 Sep 22 at 12:48 pm

  310. I know listings on Dutch Square and Richland Mall have been listed here over the years but I am unaware of anything of that nature on Columbia Place Mall...


    13 Sep 22 at 4:26 pm

  311. I have a complete list of stores within Columbia Mall from 1979 that I obtained from the Richland Library on Assembly. Each store on the list has its own number that corresponds to its location within the mall. CM faced a series of minor renovations here and there in the 90s and early 2000s to accommodate larger sized stores. This means that the store numbers on the current directory don't always match the originals. I'll have to look for my '79 list, but if you want, I can post it here when I find it.


    13 Sep 22 at 4:33 pm

  312. @russell that would be great if it's not too much trouble.


    13 Sep 22 at 9:35 pm

  313. As I recall, I did some of that for Dutch Square, Trenholm Plaza & Richland Mall. For some reason I don't think I hit Columbia Mall though. I haven't been to the local history room at the library in a while -- I should probably get back there sometime.

    @Russell -- that would be very welcome.


    13 Sep 22 at 9:53 pm


    1. 104 - Whaley Opticians 788-8204
    104a Columbia Mall Shopping Center
    Meri's Records & Tapes
    Levy Joel S optometrist 788-3642
    2. 108 - The South Carolina National Bank
    3. 112 - Bresler's 33 Flavors ice cream 788-3320
    4. 116 - Radio Shack 788-7972
    5. 120 - Vacant
    6. 124 - Morrison's Cafeteria 788-9370
    7. 128 - Chick-Fil-A 788-6732
    8. 132 - Carousel Snack Bar 788-2080
    9. 136 - Litwin Diamond Center 788-4754
    10. 140 - Just Pants 788-0868
    11. 142 - Vacant
    12. 144 - Vacant
    13. 148 - Vacant
    14. 150 - The Siamese Cat gifts 788-1123
    15. 152 - Merle Norman Cosmetics 788-4376
    16. 154 - Jackson Camera Center 788-1415
    17. 156 - Cookie Factory 788-0849
    18. 158 - Jean's West 788-9868
    19. 162 - Butler Shoes 788-4090
    20. 164 - Merry-Go-Round 788-9974
    21. 168 - Vacant
    22. 172 - Osterman Jewelers 788-8540
    23. 176 - The Round Robin clothing 788-5901
    24. 180 - The Shoe String shoes 788-3434
    25. 204 - Flowerama Of Columbia 788-9353
    26. 208 - Fancy That Kitchens & Baths 788-6333
    27. 212 - Stride Rite Bootery 788-9452
    28. 216 - Bill's London Transit men's clothing 788-6634
    29. 220 - The Lion's Den Men's Store 788-9080
    30. 224 - Thom McAn Shoe Store 788-9240
    31. 228 - Chess King clothing 788-9869
    32. 232 - Brooks Fashions 788-9847
    33. 236 - Spencer Gifts 788-5290
    34. 240 - Murdick's Fudge 788-5444
    35. 244 - Things Remembered gift shop 788-3999
    36. 248 - Friedman's Jewelers 788-4833
    37. 252 - Burger King 788-9270
    38. 268 - Bankers Trust 771-2300
    39. 270 - Vacant
    40. 272 - Tuesday's restaurant 788-4092
    41. 276 - Vacant
    42. 304 - Todd & Moore sporting goods 788-9000
    43. 308 - Musicland 788-9037
    44. 312 - Stuart's 788-2044
    45. 320 - Richman Bros Co clo 788-9670
    46. 324 - WaldenBook Store 788-6963
    47. 326 - Harris Paul Ladies Wear 788-1363
    48. 328 - Britton's clothing men's &
    women’s 788-5170
    49. 332 - Vacant
    50. 340 - Bakers Shoes 788-9453
    51. 344 - Foxmoor Casuals 788-9999
    52. 352 - Cards N Such 788-8273
    53. 356 - Rings N Things 788-6613
    54. 400 - Vacant
    55. 404 - Father & Son Shoes 788-9506
    56. 408 - Susie's Casuals 788-9069
    57. 412 - Size 5-7-9 Shope 788-9660
    58. 416 - Jean Nicole 788-9190
    59. 420 - The Limited women's co 788-9260
    60. 424 - Fines Men's Shope 788-9476
    61. 428 - Kinney Shoes 788-2967
    62. 440 - Vacant
    63. 444 - Vacant
    64. 448 - Vacant
    65. 500 - Record Bar 788-9293
    66. 504 - Vacant
    67. 508 - Ormond Shop Inc women's clothing 788-7477
    68. 514 - Curious Cargo 788-5445
    69. 518 - Mister Dunkerbak's Bavarian Pantry 788-9094
    70. 520 - Leisure Time gift shop 788-3631
    71. 524 - B. Dalton Bookseller 788-8730
    72. 528 - The Shop Of John Simmons gift shop 788-5439
    73. 532 - Vacant
    74. 536 - Body Shop ladies apparel 788-6895
    75. 544 - Vacant
    76. 548 - Motherhood Maternity Shope Inc 788-9752
    77. 552 - The Keepsake Diamond Center 788-9640
    78. 556 - Vacant
    79. 560 - Vacant
    80. 600 - Vacant
    81. 604 - Sharpe' Formal Specialists Inc
    82. 606 - I Natural Cosmetics 788-1222
    83. 608 - Vacant
    84. 612 - The Tinder Box pipe & tobacco 788-9010
    85. 616 - Silverman's jewelry 788-9351
    86. 620 - Cricket Shop ladies wear 788-6119
    87. 624 - George's Bootery 788-5241
    88. 628 - Sharon Luggage 788-4701
    89. 632 - The Ranch Clothing 788-7730
    90. 636 - Casual Corner 788-7633
    91. 640 - Ford's Shoes 788-9066
    92. 644 - Vacant
    93. 648 - John B. Lee Magnavox Home 788-9333
    94. 650 - Columbia Mall Management Office 788-4676
    95. 700 - Vacant
    96. 704 - Vacant
    97. 708 - Bresler's 33 Flavors 788-3369
    98. 712 - Zondervan Family Bookstore 788-4743
    99. 716 - Vacant (4 Bldgs 716-28)
    100. 732 - Orange Julius fast food service 788-8617
    101. 736 - Morrow's Nut House 788-9451
    102. 738 - Vacant
    103. 740 - The Earring Tree 788-9450
    104. 742 - Vacant
    105. 744 - Pat's Place Inc ladies apparrel 788-8199
    106. 748 - Riggings J clothing 788-8667
    107. 752 - Vacant
    108. 756 - Hickory Farms Of Ohio deli 788-6183
    109. 760 - Indian Summer mens & ladies apparel 788-9290
    110. 764 - Hanover Shoes 788-9045
    111. 768 - Vacant
    112. 772 - Jarman Shoe Shop 788-0997
    113. 800 - Paul D.P. Jewelers 788-9390
    114. 802 - The Columbia Mall Cinema
    115. 804 - Red Cross Shoes 788-9503
    116. 808 - Vacant
    117. 812 - Toppe & Trowsers clos 788-2197
    118. 816 - Endicott Johnson Shoes 788-9276
    119. 820 - B. Berry's clo 788-8080
    120. 824 - County Seat clo 788-9651
    121. 828 - The Craft Showcase arts & crafts retail 788-6567
    122. 832 - Pet-Go-Round 788-9661
    123. 836 - General Nutrition Center 788-9935
    124. 840 - Tiffany's Bakery 788-9638
    125. 844 - Vacant
    126. 846 - Karmelkorn Shoppe 788-6217
    127. 848 - The Sausage Biscuit 788-0310
    128. 852 - Great Expectations Precision Haircutters beauty shop 788-9538
    129. 856 - Vacant
    130. 864 - Vacant
    131. 868 - Schiano's Pizzas & Subs 788-7009
    132. 872 - Lowry Organ Center 788-9340
    133. 876 - Athletic Attic sporting goods 788-2915
    134. 1525 - Sears Roebuck & Co 788-9121
    135. Rich's Dept Store 788-0940
    136. Belk Of Columbia dept store 788-7830
    137. First National Bank Of S C 771-3760
    138. Penney's J C Co 788-8150
    139. Sears Self Service Station 771-3760”


    13 Sep 22 at 11:36 pm

  315. @russell thank you. that is an early list. I could follow how this matched the stores starting with Morrison's and moving along that side on the lower level around to the Sears end and back around the other side, then moving to the second level. Never knew there were so many bank branches in the mall, unless those were out parcels. Would love to see lists from the early '80s when I was a Mallrat. Spent many hours on Saturdays at Aladdin's Castle Arcade.


    14 Sep 22 at 2:56 pm

  316. It appears that the BP Station at the intersection of Alpine and Two Notch is being re-branded as Shell. That would place a Shell on both sides of Alpine on that side of Two Notch. The other Shell was a Gulf station in the early 1990s before it became BP.


    15 Sep 22 at 12:15 pm

  317. I read on Facebook that the Willie Sue's restaurant in Harbison is closing.


    15 Sep 22 at 7:08 pm

  318. @Ellen,

    I've seen that several places too! Sad, because I've heard so many good things about Willie Sue's, but never got around to trying it. I don't see anything official on their Facebook page, so maybe we'll luck out and it's just a rumor. At one point they were supposedly going to expand to more locations in the area.


    15 Sep 22 at 10:20 pm

  319. Willie Sues last day is supposed to be this coming Sunday. One of the reasons that has been cited for their closing is "problems with the building" whatever that means.


    16 Sep 22 at 11:42 am

  320. "Problems with the building" probably refers to the apparent curse on that location as no business has managed to stay there for any substantial amount of time for as long as I can remember.

    We went to Willie Sue's a couple of times, but never saw what all the hype was about. The food was just okay and the service wasn't great.


    18 Sep 22 at 8:21 am

  321. How come you don't like chicken?

    Matthew benjamin

    19 Sep 22 at 3:40 pm

  322. Who can say? The fact that it smells bad to me certainly doesn't help.


    19 Sep 22 at 10:45 pm

  323. For those of us that enjoyed Myrtle Beach trips during the 1970s and 80s, it is with a heavy heart that I report several of the iconic motels are being demolished.

    The Sept. 9th edition of the Myrtle Beach Herald states The Oasis, Sea Palms, Sea Nymph and the Fountainbleau Inn properties have been purchased by the city for future development.

    It was so much fun cruising the strip with the radio blasting and enjoying the bright lights of all the signs. Another era slips away.

    Joe Shlabotnik

    20 Sep 22 at 2:05 am

  324. I haven't liked chicken as much since I saw an episode of X-Files, in which the agents visit a chicken plant.


    20 Sep 22 at 8:18 pm

  325. It doesn't seem to happen as much as it used to, but how about being trapped behind a live chicken 18-wheeler on a two lane road?

    Of course for nostalgia about that, you can drive by the place on Sunset.


    20 Sep 22 at 10:51 pm

  326. Something is happening at the IHOP on Two Notch. I drove past on Tuesday after going to Home Depot and it was closed and had a container out front. There is a note on the door but I didn't turn in to read it. Consequently, it had a huge "We're Hiring" sign in the window.

    Remodel maybe?


    21 Sep 22 at 10:29 pm

  327. That one has always been kind of an outlier with very non-IHOP hours.


    21 Sep 22 at 10:34 pm

  328. Robin

    22 Sep 22 at 6:07 am

  329. I do hate that Willie Sue's closed. We ate there once and it was good.


    22 Sep 22 at 5:34 pm

  330. I think the Red Lobster in Cayce might be in trouble. Went there ast night and the menus we were given were torn. When we tried to place an order, we were told they were out of salads. Then the waiter left to "check" something, at which point we got up and left without placing an order.


    26 Sep 22 at 9:42 am

  331. Does anyone know what is being built in front of the Publix at Lake Crossing plaza, in Lexington?

    Robin L.

    26 Sep 22 at 2:27 pm

  332. Along the same lines, does anyone know what's happening in front of Rooms To Go on Harbison?


    26 Sep 22 at 11:08 pm

  333. @ted ColaDaily had an article yesterday that the construction at 275 Harbison by Rooms To Go is a free-standing Panera Bread location.


    27 Sep 22 at 9:03 am

  334. I mistyped by original source. It was the ColaToday newsletter.


    27 Sep 22 at 9:05 am

  335. I just noticed that the Swamp Fox Armory on Garners Ferry has closed. From their facebook page, it appears since March of last year--odd, since I travel that road a lot and only now have seen it.


    28 Sep 22 at 1:26 pm

  336. The skating rink in Three Fountains is for sale. If we all pitch in maybe we can come up with the 3 million asking price. ;)


    4 Oct 22 at 9:41 am

  337. Google still shows it as having opening hours, but I'm pretty sure Jackie's Child Care at 3521 Edmund Highway has closed. I haven't seen any signs of life there in months and calling the number listed online gets a disconnected number message.


    6 Oct 22 at 4:47 pm

  338. Yep, Jackie's is definitely gone (see above post). Yesterday there were crews on site preparing to do some sort of "deconstruction" - it looks like maybe the site is being prepared for a different business to come in.


    14 Oct 22 at 10:38 am

  339. I wasn't able to make out where the new location will be, but there is now a sign on TurnKey Realty at 1921 Lake Murray Blvd that the business is moving.


    18 Oct 22 at 12:40 pm

  340. I heard that Scotty's in Blythewood is closing.


    19 Oct 22 at 9:54 pm

  341. Nevermind. I just saw on Facebook that Scottie's in Blythewood is staying open. This is good news.


    19 Oct 22 at 9:56 pm

  342. There have been several media reports in the last several days regarding the future of Richland Mall. Apparently, the county is prepared to give a developer some $20 million to redevelop the site. According to the Post & Courier, the site may be torn down and a new complex built on its site.


    21 Oct 22 at 1:38 pm

  343. $23 million tax break if they redevelop the property at a minimum investment of $101 million. They also have 20 years to complete the project. The City of Forest Acres also has agreed to buy the Forest Dr/ Sunnyside portion of the property for a park/outdoor event space.


    21 Oct 22 at 2:46 pm

  344. Do any of the commenters on this board drive an EV? And if so would you mind sharing where you charge up and how often? Is a majority of your driving around town?

    Joe Shlabotnik

    21 Oct 22 at 5:59 pm

  345. The Fast Point convenience store at 5318 Fairfield Road is closed due to what appears to have been a pretty big fire. There's an article on from 10/14 about a fire that morning at a Fast Point though it lists it as being on Farrow Rd. That's either a mistake or a very big coincidence.


    25 Oct 22 at 3:46 pm

  346. anyone hear that Constan Car Wash has closed? Trying to find out more.

    Mr. Bill

    28 Oct 22 at 11:05 am

  347. @Mr. Bill, Would kind of make sense with the new auto wash going next door


    28 Oct 22 at 2:26 pm

  348. I can confirm that Constan is history. The site will be taken over by the city and used in some fashion to prevent Five Points Flooding. On a personal note, I will miss that big blue, red and yellow neon sign. It has been there as long as I can remember.


    28 Oct 22 at 4:20 pm

  349. Constan's website and a sign on site thanks everyone for 72 years. Hate to see them go.


    28 Oct 22 at 5:37 pm

  350. I hate to see Constan go...I have memories of going there during my Elementary School years when my grandmother and get her car washed there.

    BTW someone asked about a month ago about what was being built in front of the Lake Crossing Publix in Red I realized it was to be an Express Lube Oil Change place...


    28 Oct 22 at 9:26 pm

  351. Sorry, Andrew. I just left a comment about the Express Lube Oil on another page. Didn't see your comment here.

    Seems like the car-related businesses are trendy: gas stations, car washes, and maintenance.


    30 Oct 22 at 4:07 pm

  352. Does anyone remember a little hole-in-the wall bar/restaurant called "The Other Place" in a small building 1309 Bush River Road? It shared a parking lot with Auto Zone, which was a call center back then.

    It was an absolute dump (although the beer was cold) and had video poker machines everywhere. Everyone smoked liked crazy inside. It was such a small place it often felt like it would collapse when you had a big crowd.

    My girlfriend at the time (1995) worked at the IHOP on St Andrews Road, and they would go there after work. They raved about it but I never saw the appeal. We broke up early 1996 and I completely forgot about it until recently.


    31 Oct 22 at 2:02 pm

  353. There is a building undergoing renovation at the corner of Brickyard and North Springs Road. The prior business sold among other things coatings for hardwood floors and has been closed for a number of years. There is a sign outside indicating that it will open as a Chiropractic office.


    1 Nov 22 at 8:01 am

  354. Sad to see Constan go. I spent a lot of time at the Forest Drive Location, seemed like my dad washed his car about once a week.

    Mr. Bill

    2 Nov 22 at 4:10 pm

  355. The State just came out with an article on Constan’s closing:

    Maybe they were good back in the day but I for one won’t miss them—taking up to an hour to wash cars, missing spots, and had at least 3 instances of a poor vacuuming job that I finally quit going.


    2 Nov 22 at 6:20 pm

  356. I agree with what Nate was saying about Constan.

    Such a rip-off place only reason I had any business going there was because Constan had some lovely contact to get state government vehicles and law enforcement vehicles allegedly “washed and cleaned up”. But when all you have is ex-cons and homeless people working and moving slow as molasses and being so rude & disrespectful, let’s just say we will not miss them.


    4 Nov 22 at 12:55 am

  357. @Aaron and Nate. Back when Constan was owned by their original owners, it was the place to go to get your car wash. They had great service and friendly people as late as the 1980s. Since it has been decades since I used their service, I cannot attest to what they became, but it sounds like I did not miss much.


    4 Nov 22 at 1:28 pm

  358. Folks WIS has this article announcing plans to demolish and rebuild Richland Mall…


    9 Nov 22 at 2:48 pm

  359. Andrew

    9 Nov 22 at 2:50 pm

  360. John

    9 Nov 22 at 2:52 pm

  361. The City of Forest Acres has posted on their Facebook page that the deal is official. They have illustrations of the proposed project and say it will be finished in five years


    9 Nov 22 at 3:13 pm

  362. Wow! Interesting. I've put up a Richland Mall post so we can discuss it there.


    9 Nov 22 at 3:31 pm

  363. According to signage at Trenholm Plaza, Ivy & Leo will be moving from their current locations next to Publix to the former (briefly) Simply Mac location. I’ve heard rumors that Publix will expand into the current Ivy & Leo and former J Crew locations but haven’t seen it confirmed anywhere.


    10 Nov 22 at 3:14 pm

  364. I noticed yesterday that 3711 Seawright Road (29210) is for sale. From what I can find it used to be Fuse Massage Therapy. The listing for it went up on Crexi 2/14/22.

    In looking that up, I also found that their location at 3145 Carlisle Street (29205) is also closed. I'm not sure when exactly that happened, but their most recent Google Review was a year ago.

    From what I can tell, their location on Millwood Ave is still in business.


    13 Nov 22 at 10:55 am

  365. Pedro's Mexican Restaurant located at 10708 Broad River Road in Irmo has announced on it's Facebook page that it will be closing after 2 years in business at this location.


    18 Nov 22 at 1:25 am

  366. P&C confirms Publix in Trenholm Plaza will expand into the current Ivy and Leo and former J Crew in 2023.


    18 Nov 22 at 5:56 pm

  367. They needed to do that last time that space was vacant. I like Publix, but this store has always been too small from trying to cram it into an A&P slot.


    19 Nov 22 at 10:36 pm

  368. Does anyone know what is being built beside the Applebee's on Highway 1/Augusta Road? In front of Lowes. West Columbia.


    20 Nov 22 at 6:51 am

  369. @Robin - I just saw that this morning! Something is really coming along there.


    20 Nov 22 at 6:22 pm

  370. Party City near the mall is closing soon. I saw some signs saying closing.

    That Guy

    20 Nov 22 at 6:48 pm

  371. @That Guy, I’m assuming you’re referring to the one at Columbia Mall? I could see that coming when the Woodhill location opened. Surprised that place has made it this long.

    I’m going to assume the same will happen with the Bath & Body Works in Columbia Mall as well once the Trenholm Plaza location opens.


    20 Nov 22 at 7:03 pm

  372. El Jimador on Fashion Drive in Sandhills was displaying handwritten closure signage both times I tried to visit this weekend. No official word on their Facebook or website. Anyone know what's up?


    21 Nov 22 at 4:26 pm

  373. All Burnettes dry cleaners will be closing soon. I tried to stop by the Forest Dr location over the weekend and there was a sign saying they were only open 9-1 now. I checked their Facebook to see what was going on and they announced they’d be closing all locations soon.


    21 Nov 22 at 6:57 pm

  374. Pet Lovers Warehouse on Garner's Ferry Road (in the plaza with Ross and Big Lots) is closed until further notice.


    23 Nov 22 at 7:16 am

  375. @Erick -- I don't know what the issue was, but they appeared to be back in full operation when I drove by on Saturday.


    28 Nov 22 at 10:59 pm

  376. Baskin Robbins in Forest Park Shopping Center (Lowes Foods) announced they will be closing on December 18th. The City of Forest acres social media mentioned a new restaurant concept would be coming in to take the place of BR and the former Pizza Hut next door.


    30 Nov 22 at 1:57 pm

  377. Poogan's Kitchen on Forest has stopped serving lunch.
    We went there right after the grand opening for brunch. The food was tasty but was very heavy. Also their space plan inside is odd because they went with big booths and really wide walkways. This might be there way to always guarantee there is a wait.


    30 Nov 22 at 3:21 pm

  378. Is anyone else being bothered by salespeople knocking on the door, trying to sell solar energy or pest control? I don't care if the companies are "real" or not. These people are annoying and refuse to take no for an answer. My husband was almost shouting at one guy before he would finally leave our property.

    If you try to tell them that you already said no to another representative, they will ask if that person "went over the numbers" with you.


    3 Dec 22 at 12:55 pm

  379. @Robin. Best case, you check your camera before opening the door and just ignore them. If you get stuck talking to these people, the answer is always "I'm renting." They won't spend time with someone who can't authorize work being done to the house.


    3 Dec 22 at 1:52 pm

  380. @Robin, I put a "No Soliciting" sign on a my door about two years ago. The sign states that it applies to politics, religion, and sales of any kind. I haven't had any unwanted visitors since.


    4 Dec 22 at 1:16 am

  381. I once encountered a 'no soliciting' sign similar to what Gypsie has that had bullet points of We Found the Lord, We love our vacuum and Our Kids are trying to sell the same junk as yours...


    4 Dec 22 at 2:41 pm

  382. La Fiesta Mexican Restaurant at 1220 Charleston Highway in West Columbia has announced their closing, effective December 5th. The owners are retiring, although they gave some indication that their retirement may not be permanent in their social media announcement. I'm not sure how long they were open, but I think it dates back to at least the late 1990s.


    5 Dec 22 at 10:57 am

  383. Cupcake DownSouth just announced that they will be closing on December 7th.


    5 Dec 22 at 11:29 am

  384. They are finally bulldozing 14 Berryhill Road. When I drove past about 15 minutes ago they already had about half of it down.


    6 Dec 22 at 10:25 am

  385. About the next month or so, E.L. Wright (not CFK) will have its students and staff move to the new building. After that, they will demolish the old existing school to make room for the new CFK. The completed work will end on around 2024.


    6 Dec 22 at 9:02 pm

  386. Thank you all for the suggestions.


    6 Dec 22 at 9:08 pm

  387. La Fiesta was great. I've eaten some of the best restaurant food at places like that, where the decor/appearance is unassuming, a little shabby. Some "fancier" places have surprisingly bad food.


    10 Dec 22 at 8:31 am

  388. In West Columbia, the new building next to Applebee's (in front of Lowe's) is a Precision Tune Auto Care location.


    10 Dec 22 at 9:20 am

  389. A new "upscale apartment complex" will be built near Sunset Boulevard, in the area of Henbet Drive and Ephrata Drive. It will be called Langley Pointe. Expected to open in autumn of 2023.


    10 Dec 22 at 9:25 am

  390. Chen's Chinese Restaurant in Lexington (next to Publix at 378 and Old Cherokee) has changed or is in the process of changing. The new signage says "Friends House Chinese and Seafood"

    James R

    12 Dec 22 at 7:25 pm

  391. Didn't know until I saw it on WLTX Website, that the old George I. Pear Elementary School on Platt Springs Rd. is being torn down. I guess it's outlived its usefulness and can't be upgraded anymore. I didn't go there, but I remember a few people who did back in the early 1960's.


    14 Dec 22 at 1:50 pm

  392. Within the last 5-10 years several Elemtary Schools in the West Columbia/Cayce area have undergone overhauls…Claude A Taylor Elementary in the Edenwood neighborhood as well as Pineview Elementary on Leaphart Road have been torn down and are now green spaces (neither of which featured here).

    They built Cayce Elementary down the street from Claude A Taylor while Riverbank Elementary would be (IMO) the best replacement for Pineview Elementary.

    The George I Pair demolition Db indicated to be imminent is part of a plan that I think many of the Elementary schools in that area are undergoing as they get overhauled as the facilities get up there in years and need to be overhauled…Springdale Elementary was overhauled already as well as part of this process…I also have a gut feeling that something similar has gone on with Davis Elementary on Frink Street as well as BC # 1 on Jarvis Klapman Blvd. but I’m not as clear with the details in those 2 cases…also RH Fulmer Middle has been overhauled i think as well.

    Another notable example: I remember after Keenan HS moved to their current location on Pisgah Church and US 21 that their Pine Belt Road campus was renovated to house WG Sanders MS…after someone here indicated that WG sanders used to be on Alida Street I looked it up and determined that the Alida Road campus building is history as well (it’s green space).


    16 Dec 22 at 12:30 pm

  393. A friend of mine just told me that the Arby's on Broad River Rd. is about to have a date with a bulldozer. Anyone else hear anything?


    16 Dec 22 at 1:09 pm

  394. The Philly Pretzel Factory on Rosewood in the Publix shopping center announced they will be closing at the end of the year. We loved their pretzels but the unpredictable hours made it difficult to get them!


    16 Dec 22 at 5:46 pm

  395. @Larry, The Baskin Robbins in the Lowes now has a thanks for all your business sign. It also has a sign stating that they will be reopening in the spring at a new location.
    5460 Forest Drive, Unit 112
    My kids and I drove around and cannot find the address. Our best guess is that it is one of the 3 strip malls in front of WalMart on Forest Drive. The address comes up on Google search as about where the San Jose’s is next to Wendy’s.


    18 Dec 22 at 7:15 pm

  396. The State reports that Swamp Cabbage brewery closed its doors yesterday.


    19 Dec 22 at 4:35 pm

  397. I believe Baskin Robbins is moving directly across the street in the old jimmy John’s building.


    19 Dec 22 at 10:01 pm

  398. BR is not moving to the old Jimmy John’s. There was a for lease sign added to that spot after BR said they were closing and the City of FA shot that rumor down. My guess is they’re going to one of those Wal-Mart outposts that Matt mentioned. They probably put the wrong address on the sign. I was wondering if perhaps they could move into the former Vampire Penguin spot but that has a Percival Rd address.


    19 Dec 22 at 10:22 pm

  399. I hope they don't move into the Wal-Mart strip: The flow in there is awful.


    19 Dec 22 at 11:24 pm

  400. I've just received an email from 1801 Grille (700 Lincoln Street) saying that they have closed after six years in business. I was there for lunch Dec. 16 and business was brisk. Their Facebook and Instagram confirm the closing.

    Midnight Rambler

    21 Dec 22 at 7:46 pm

  401. Casa Linda has indeed been sold - that place and staff were like family for me. They are open through Christmas Eve if you want to stop there and say goodbye


    22 Dec 22 at 8:13 am

  402. The shopping center on Airport Boulevard where Lizards Thicket was located is being demolished. It looks like they will have everything torn down by tomorrow.


    22 Dec 22 at 9:32 am

  403. The P&C says 1801 will be reopened by the group that also owns J Peters restaurants around the state (not sure if that’s who owns JR Cash in the midlands) in late January or early February.


    22 Dec 22 at 1:38 pm

  404. With Casa Linda now gone, and the CVS that was beside it, imagine if the JoAnn closed. I almost wonder if someone would cram apartments in that space.


    23 Dec 22 at 6:11 pm

  405. Welcome back, Ted! I was starting to think one of us might have to do a closing on "Columbia Closings." :O


    7 Jan 23 at 8:27 pm

  406. Thanks Badger!


    7 Jan 23 at 10:18 pm

  407. I heard that there will be a Sonic beside the new Murphy's gas station on Airport Boulevard, where the Lizard's Thicket was. The space looks a bit small for both. And there are three other Sonic locations within a few miles (Charleston Highway, Platt Springs Road, and Augusta Road/Highway One).


    8 Jan 23 at 11:42 am

  408. Wet Willy's at 800 Gervais St. in the Vista has announced on their FB page that today is their last day. They said they have decided not to renew their lease, and hope to reopen in a new location.


    8 Jan 23 at 4:05 pm

  409. Glad you are back. The Smashburger on Devine, across from Buffalo Wild Wings and in the same building as Moe's, has closed and all signs of it are removed.

    Trevin Montgomery

    8 Jan 23 at 5:22 pm

  410. Glad the site is back up! Looks like BLD Diner in Trenholm Plaza can go on the permanent closing list, they haven’t been open in weeks and there is an eviction notice on the front door.


    8 Jan 23 at 5:35 pm

  411. Piggly Wiggly on 378 in Lexington is closing again. I thought it was interesting when they reopened after Bi-Lo closed. Bi-Lo opened there when the Pig closed the first time. My guess is the store can't compete with Publix across the street and Lowe's Foods a little down the road. Both Publix and Lowe's offer more amenities to the Pig's basic services.

    James R

    8 Jan 23 at 6:21 pm

  412. Barnes & Noble Forest Acres will soon be closing. The land they are on has been sold for redevelopment.

  413. According to a post on their Facebook page, Wet Willies on Gervais has chosen not to renew their lease. Tonight is their last night open.


    8 Jan 23 at 10:25 pm

  414. Not sure that Barnes and Noble is closing soon. Per ColaDaily, "Phase one of the project will take around four to five years. Belk and Barnes and Noble are both expected to stay open during phase one."


    9 Jan 23 at 11:13 pm

  415. According to WLTX, the former Smashburger location on Devine is to become the first midlands location of Dave’s Hot Chicken.


    10 Jan 23 at 9:27 am

  416. The old restaurant building on St. Andrews near I 26, across from the old Kroger has been demolished. I'm has hosted so many different restaurants I have lost count.


    10 Jan 23 at 12:07 pm

  417. ted

    10 Jan 23 at 12:51 pm

  418. As Bed, Bath & Beyond considers bankruptcy I have discovered this article announcing plans to close 127 stores and one of the ones closing as part of this is the Sparkleberry Square location (10136 Two Notch Road).


    10 Jan 23 at 2:25 pm

  419. @Ted. Yep, that one. Hopefully it's curse is gone with it.


    10 Jan 23 at 5:55 pm

  420. The students & staff are now at the new E.L. Wright building. CFK however, will stay at their own building and the old middle school will be demolished.

    That Guy

    12 Jan 23 at 4:00 pm

  421. I'm seeing some chatter that The Southern Belly BBQ restaurant on Harden St. has closed. Can anyone confirm?


    12 Jan 23 at 8:59 pm

  422. I’m wondering that the CFK That Guy is referring to is called…


    13 Jan 23 at 2:10 pm

  423. Center For Knowledge


    13 Jan 23 at 4:52 pm

  424. I heard that Dick's Sporting Goods and Bed, Bath and Beyond on Two Notch are closing.


    14 Jan 23 at 12:22 am

  425. Rumor has it that the property at 1500 N. Lake Dr will be sold to make way for another gas/convenience store. An open air market and antique store are on the corner at Andrew Corley Rd. now. This may include the land behind those. I need to research this more.


    14 Jan 23 at 8:49 am

  426. I can confirm the signage at Southern Belly on Harden is down. Honestly forgot it was even there anymore.


    14 Jan 23 at 1:30 pm

  427. I miss the original Southern Belly on Rosewood. Parking was challenging, but I otherwise enjoyed it. The ones on Harden and Colonial Life never lived up to the original.


    14 Jan 23 at 4:05 pm

  428. Saw the report this morning about the fire at the old Clusters of Whitehall. I guess we'll have a closing for Hair Power and Red Beans & Rice jazz club. I haven;t heard anything about any damage at Ollie's.


    17 Jan 23 at 11:50 am

  429. I was on scene last night. There was no activity at Ollie's. The church to the left of it had a ton of smoke inside, but no flames. The jazz club and the hair place are a hot (no pun intended) mess though.

    I've never seen so many fire trucks in one place before. There were easily 25 of them there, a couple of ambulances, the haz mat team, and the police. It looked like something out of the movies.


    17 Jan 23 at 10:24 pm

  430. Does anyone have a news story link about the fire?


    17 Jan 23 at 10:41 pm

  431. Homer

    18 Jan 23 at 11:57 am

  432. Thanks Homer!


    18 Jan 23 at 12:19 pm

  433. Those of you in that remember (what was then) Clusters of Whitehall back in the 90s should remember that Revco was in the space where this fire happened. I have been by it and can see some charcoaled remnants on the top window above the 2 tenants Gypsie hinted to.

    I couldn't tell what impact that Ollie's or the NY Bride and Groom (which was where Tuesday Morning was as well as Gregory's to Go & Grand Computers) have been dealt with.


    18 Jan 23 at 9:57 pm

  434. My understanding is that Ollie's and everything to the right of it are fine. A friend of mine was one of the first to see the smoke coming out of the jazz place and she called 911. She said the first couple of fire trucks arrived on scene pretty quickly and kept the fire from spreading.

    I saw an article in The State where the owner of the hair salon stated that he mostly has water damage. He seemed to actually be complaining about that and the fact that the firemen cut a hole in his room which resulted in more water damage. You'd think he might be grateful that they managed to save his business from being a blackened crispy mess.

    The church suffered mostly smoke damage. Another friend is the pastor there and he said they plan to have services on Sunday.

    I remember where Revco was, but I don't remember Tuesday Morning being where the bridal place is. I only remember it being in the building across from the church. I was never a big fan of the store though so I could have just missed it's original location.


    19 Jan 23 at 10:42 pm

  435. The HWY 55 near Elgin is apparently closed and being rebranded as a Gyro location.


    20 Jan 23 at 6:35 am

  436. As I don't visit often, I was very surprised to see GAP in Columbiana Mall is closed. Apparently, the company is either having issues or is changing how they do business...

    Regrettably, this leaves Columbiana with one less relatively decent clothing shop. To be the capital of the state, and for as affluent as Columbia is, shopping for clothes in person is more difficult than need be. Charlotte & Greenville have high end shops and lots of choice, and good old Columbia is stuck with two essentially dead malls and one half-assed one.

    Lone Wolf

    21 Jan 23 at 10:10 am

  437. Two things - is there a search function on this site that I just am not finding? :)

    Second - I'm trying to remember the restaurants that were on Charleston Highway/Knox Abbott in WeCo in the 1980s. We used to call it "Hamburger Hill"... can't remember and not sure where to look.


    25 Jan 23 at 3:27 pm

  438. @WeCoGal:

    1) Probably the best way is to choose the Alphabetical Closings link from the top of the page and then do a ctrl-F search within that.

    There are also tags for many streets and regions.

    Finally you can to to google and do a site restricted search by typing thing I'm searching for

    2) I remember "Ed's" and the original "What-A-Burger" building and Bell's


    25 Jan 23 at 5:48 pm

  439. Moctezuma on Ft Jackson will be closing Friday. The property was bought last year and will be demolished to build a large veterinarian clinic according to plans I saw at a recent city council meeting.


    26 Jan 23 at 6:43 am

  440. Verizon Wireless Call Center on Spears Creek Church Rd is closed. Now it is the Southeastern Esthetics Institute. I know they were work from home during the height of covid closures but hadn’t been by in a while and was surprised to see it was now closed. Anyone know when?


    29 Jan 23 at 8:48 pm

  441. In the Red Bank area, 57 acres of land will be used for a new "mixed-use residential development", called Platt Springs Crossing. Across from the Publix.


    1 Feb 23 at 1:00 pm

  442. I found several things on the City of Forest Acres facebook page that I wanted to share.

    The old Pizza Joint - neither Viscious Biscuit or TacoBoy have filed paperwork with the city to open a new restaurant.

    The Baskin Robbins owner retired.

    BLD Diner has closed.


    2 Feb 23 at 4:58 pm

  443. According to a manager at Kairos, they are planning to open eight new locations in 2024.


    2 Feb 23 at 9:31 pm

  444. Tacos Nayarit will have a new location in Cayce, at 1100 Knox Abbott Drive.


    2 Feb 23 at 9:36 pm

  445. The O'Charley's restaurant in Lexington has been undergoing renovations for some time now due to a fire but it has been confirmed that they are now permanently closed.


    6 Feb 23 at 7:41 am

  446. Does anyone ever witness someone posting these "Now Closed" signs on the door? Who has the keys to the place...if it's a chain? Do you just walk in one day, go about your daily business, and before closing time hang the sign or is it known in advance? Just curious how that works...especially places that serve food. Is there food in the refrigerator or have they anticipated this and there is nothing left?


    8 Feb 23 at 8:00 am

  447. Zoes Kitchen at Lake Murray Blvd. Is now history. All the signage has been removed from the builder and it looks like a serious remodeling job is going on inside.


    8 Feb 23 at 12:18 pm

  448. @Tom, it’s the last Zoe’s to be converted to CAVa. The ones on Forest Dr, Two Notch and Sunset have already been converted


    8 Feb 23 at 3:59 pm

  449. The Bed, Bath and Beyond at Woodhill on Garners Ferry is on the new list of store closings for the company as they look to avoid an inevitable bankruptcy. I guess this will leave Harbison as the only remaining location in the Midlands (unless there is one in Lexington I’m unaware of.)


    9 Feb 23 at 9:07 am

  450. Bed Beth & Beyond has never had a Lexington location...if we were having this discussion ≈15 years ago I would've thought Lexington was a possibility for that as it may, I now think Bed Bath & Beyond is a retailer that is not long for this world...


    11 Feb 23 at 2:08 pm

  451. The Shoppes on Main across from Mast General is closed and all inventory cleared out.


    13 Feb 23 at 7:24 am

  452. Shoppes on Main are suppose to move into the former Metropolis Salon that the Middletons bought on Taylor next to Hotel Trundle. I think Good Life Cafe is also moving in next door to it from its current location on Main St.


    13 Feb 23 at 11:34 am

  453. What do you all wish Columbia had more of?


    13 Feb 23 at 12:56 pm

  454. @Robin - QT and Murphy gas stations, quick oil change facilities, dollar stores, and CVS/Walgreens pairs. And ambulance-chasing lawyers.


    13 Feb 23 at 9:55 pm

  455. Hahahaha!


    13 Feb 23 at 10:54 pm

  456. More heat & humidity!


    13 Feb 23 at 10:58 pm

  457. Actually I would like an Abuelo's, a TGI Friday's, an El Chico, a Chuy's, a Logan's, a Cheddar's, an Ultimate California Pizza, a restaurant actually on the riverfront, and a theater with recliners like Cinemark


    13 Feb 23 at 11:09 pm

  458. In a fantasy world of mine, Kmart would reestablish itself in the shopping world, JB White, Service Merchandise & Phar Mor would rise from the dead and some of the merged/defunct airlines would be reestablished (mainly Independence Air, AirTran, US Airways, Northwest).

    I enjoy going to QT. They have many of the best gas station amenities I enjoy except a car wash.

    I also would like to see better inter-city rail service out of Columbia (and the Southeast in general).

    I'm also with Ted on welcoming TGI Friday's & Logan's.

    More realistically I would like to see Harris Teeter, JetBlue Airways, The Container Store, Jack in the box and at home in Columbia...I am also hoping for the day we have a nonstop flight to Denver on (hopefully) United and that they can (perhaps) restart the Houston flight they used to have. Maybe one day we can even land Southwest Airlines.


    15 Feb 23 at 9:05 pm

  459. Bring back Bi-Lo!!!


    15 Feb 23 at 10:50 pm

  460. Also bring back Quincy's Family Steakhouse. I know there is still one in Florence, but I am not driving that far for Quincy's. Those that have been coming to this site for a few years, probably remembers that I used to work at Quincy's back in the late 80's and early 90's. Both Rosewood and Piney Grove.


    15 Feb 23 at 10:58 pm

  461. I want Chappy's back.


    16 Feb 23 at 9:05 pm

  462. *More* of in Columbia:
    - I'd like to swap Sportsman's Warehouse (even though ours has only recently gotten a facelift) for a Cabela's/Bass Pro. Back in 2020, ownership of Cabela's (Great American Outdoors Group) purchased Sportsman's Warehouse, but the merger was recently called off. Cabela's is an experience, has tons of great outdoorsy stuff and some of them even have 5-star restaurants inside.
    - I'm with @Andrew in wishing to bring back old mall stores (JB White and Service Merchandise were indeed great) and malls in their heyday in general. I seriously miss malls from the 80s and 90s. I'd *love* to have Hickory Farms again.
    - One thing that stumps me, and I've said it before, why is it Greenville/Spartanburg and Charleston have all the nicer places to shop and old Columbia, the bloody capitol of the State, seems to struggle with anything that isn't a big box store? I'm not suggesting we transplant King Street here, but why can't we have something like SouthPark Mall (and it's kinds of shops)??

    Harris Teeter is pretty great, but what's with all the love for TGI Fridays?? Y'all, seriously lol

    Lone Wolf

    17 Feb 23 at 7:56 am

  463. Two restaurants were given a "C" grade by DHEC: Cayce's Reggae Grill (901 Holland Avenue, Cayce) and Sum Ming Chinese (7509 Saint Andrews Road, Irmo). Sum Ming Chinese was upgraded to an "A" during a follow-up inspection.,44883?


    17 Feb 23 at 9:53 am

  464. Saluda residents don't want a new Dollar Tree near the Family Dollar:

    "...residents tell WIS they are commuting 30-plus miles for basic groceries. At least two people WIS spoke with are considering moving altogether.

    Residents say they have no problem with the Dollar Tree enterprise except that it’s not enough to fulfill their grocery needs.

    The Town of Saluda already houses three Dollar Generals and one Family Dollar within a one-point-two-mile radius."


    17 Feb 23 at 10:39 am

  465. Sum Ming wrong to get a “C”

    Rim shot


    17 Feb 23 at 7:19 pm

  466. According to a study, the following restaurant chains have now become "too expensive for what you get":

    1. (worst) - Shake Shack
    2. Blaze Pizza
    3. MOD Pizza
    4. Panera Bread
    5. Chick-Fil-A


    18 Feb 23 at 9:04 pm

  467. Golden Chopstix on Broad River Rd. has either closed or is remodeling - I'm not sure which, but something is definitely going on.


    19 Feb 23 at 2:24 pm

  468. @Gypsie -- Where is that? I see one on the Charleston Highway, but google isn't turning up anything on Broad River..


    19 Feb 23 at 4:15 pm

  469. Busted Plug is being moved to a storage site until the City can figure out a permanent home for it. The property it currently resides at was sold last year and the new corporation that owns it told the city to move it. I noticed Friday there was a backhoe next to it and figured it must be on the move.


    19 Feb 23 at 7:56 pm

  470. @Ted -- Not sure why I typed Golden... it's just Chop Stix. 2639 Broad River Rd. It's the pink and white building on the left if Rush's is on the right.


    19 Feb 23 at 10:54 pm

  471. @Larry - Man, that stinks. I love Busted Plug! I hope the city will find a good new home for it.


    20 Feb 23 at 9:19 pm

  472. A couple of media sources are reporting that Drake's Duck-in will make a temporary move to 1840 Hampton Street during a renovation of their Main Street location. In the article I read, it's noted that Drake's has occupied a number of locations on Main Street over the last 50 years, and originally opened in 1907 at a location on Elmwood Avenue.


    22 Feb 23 at 4:24 pm

  473. Lanier Pools at 256 Jamil Rd. has closed and moved to Riverchase Way in Lexington per the sign on their door. They left the Jamil location in complete shambles too. The pools outside are still full of water that is nasty and no doubt a hotbed for mosquitos and they threw a bunch of trash over the fence.

    Ted, don't forget that Seven Oaks Animal Hospital at 591 St. Andrews Rd. still needs to be added to the list. I previously reported it, but it may have gotten overlooked during all the Covid Chaos.

    Slightly related closings question - does anyone know who one would call to complain about the situation going on at the old U-Haul storage units on Jamil? I know DOT owns the property now, but I'm unsure if they are the correct entity to call.


    23 Feb 23 at 3:33 pm

  474. The Motel 6 on Burning Tree Rd looks to be closed. I do believe it's set for demolition as part of the many years long Malfunction Junction construction.

    Arthur P

    23 Feb 23 at 6:28 pm

  475. Their Google listing states "temporarily closed" but I'm told the Fireworks place on Jamil was sold to DOT as part of the interstate project. (That's what happened with Lanier Pools as well)


    23 Feb 23 at 7:03 pm

  476. I found a list of properties being acquired for phase 3 of the project and it says they will take possession of the Motel 6 in June. I’m assuming some on the list are just partial acquisitions because IHOP and Chuckee Cheese are both on the list, but perhaps both will be completely torn down.


    23 Feb 23 at 7:45 pm

  477. It was reported earlier that the Kangaroo Exxon Convenience location at Two Notch and Trenholm Road Ext was closed. That is near the QT and Texas Roadhouse. There is signage on the property offering it for sale, however there is demolition and grading underway now, so apparently a future use of the property has been determined.


    24 Feb 23 at 8:42 am

  478. I saw a sign on the I-25/St. Andrews Road westbound that said the exit ramp by the Motel 6 will be temporarily closed starting February 28.


    24 Feb 23 at 1:51 pm

  479. The Grand Motel on Two Notch Road will be replaced with new “attainable, family-focused” apartments. The complex will be owned by the Homeless No More organization. There will be cooking classes, career advancement classes, and mentoring programs for children.

    WIS article:


    24 Feb 23 at 2:07 pm

  480. @Larry -- I'd love to see that list if you're willing to share. I'm surprised Chuck E. Cheese is on it though given that they just finished a remodel a couple of months ago.

    Side note, my friends and I all worked there throughout high school when it was still Showbiz Pizza. I still have PTSD from wearing the Billy Bob suit to a publicity gig at Dutch Square in the middle of July one time. HOT HOT HOT.

    @Tom -- the ramp by Motel 6 was already closed both Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday when I passed by.


    24 Feb 23 at 9:21 pm

  481. @Gypsy here it is, however it lists the owners name not the address. Motel 6 is Hare Krishna West Columbia Hotel LLC on the list. Some are pretty easy to figure out, others you’d need to search owners on a tax map.


    25 Feb 23 at 6:32 am

  482. Correct me if I am wrong, but wasn't the Grand Motel the last operating independent motel on Two Notch from the days when US 1 was the main route from New York to Miami?


    25 Feb 23 at 8:56 am

  483. That might be technically correct, but the Star Motel on Pine Belt is still open, and is basically on Two Notch.


    25 Feb 23 at 2:41 pm

  484. I know the Motel 6 is going to be demolished as part of the Carolina Crossroads project...the ultimate plan is to overhaul St. Andrews & I-26 into a SPUI and then overhaul 26 & 20 into a turbine style interchange. I know some of the property acquisitions are partial and others are full but the details are unclear to me. I also remember that Jarret & Hart was on the news making me wonder how they'll be affected.

    SCDOT is anticpiating this being complete in 2029...

    Also, for those looking for a getaway this summer, I am please to announce the following CAE service upgrades:

    American will be restaring nonstop service to New York LaGuardia on May 5.

    American will be adding a nonstop flight to Chicago O'Hare on July 5.

    In June, United will be upgauging the seats on their Chicago O'Hare flights from 50 seat CRJs to 76 seat Embraer 175s.

    Every Saturday from June to August American will operate a nonstop flight to Miami.


    25 Feb 23 at 6:45 pm

  485. @Larry -- Thanks! I'm confused though - does "Secured" on the list mean that a property has been sold and will be torn down - or..... ?

    I'm asking because I know both Chuck E. Cheese and Burger King recently underwent renovations - why would they have done that if they were going to be torn down?


    25 Feb 23 at 10:24 pm

  486. Tandy Leather in Cayce appears to have closed permanently.


    26 Feb 23 at 9:50 am

  487. Soda City Auto Sales at 4468 St. Andrews appears to be closed for good this time. There haven't been any cars there for quite awhile and it looks like the building is empty.


    27 Feb 23 at 2:22 pm

  488. The Moctezuma 2 closed down a few weeks ago, that's the former location of Julia's german restaurant. The building was torn down last week. A veterinarian's office is scheduled to be built there.

    J.P. Boileau

    27 Feb 23 at 7:59 pm

  489. Has anyone ever seen the Chinese restaurant in the old Church's Chicken at Forest & 2 Notch open?

    It has stuff inside it and a Coke cooler, but I've never seen anyone there.


    28 Feb 23 at 11:32 pm

  490. @Matt -- I've been contemplating doing a "Never Opened" post on that one. They appeared to be working on it on a time available basis for a long while, but now I think they have just given up.


    28 Feb 23 at 11:58 pm

  491. Another "Never Opened" could be Urban Air, in the old HH Gregg location on Bower Parkway. They *had* a sign up, but I never, ever saw any vehicles there. Recently, it looked like folks were moving stuff out of that location and the sign is gone.

    Additionally, according to a post on their BookFace page, the Army Navy Store in West Columbia has closed their doors after 70 years in business. They moved to West Columbia from their original location on Main Street.

    Lone Wolf

    2 Mar 23 at 10:42 am

  492. Minor correction/addition...Urban Air wasn't in the HH Gregg spot. It was operating in the location directly to the right of the old HH Gregg, which I believe may have been Stein Mart.

    Lone Wolf

    3 Mar 23 at 3:57 pm

  493. My recollection of the Urban Air Trampoline Park Lone Wolf referenced is that they were going to occupy both the former Stein Mart as well as the former hhgregg (both spaces).

    Regarding the Asian Express that Matt referred to in the old Church's at Forest/Millwood: the same Asian Express had plans to open up in the former Sandy's at 1935 Broad River Road so I wonder if that one has set up shop or not (I haven't been down that stretch in a while to know one way or the other).


    3 Mar 23 at 9:54 pm

  494. In fact the Asian Express in Sandy's did open. I probably need to update that post.


    3 Mar 23 at 10:39 pm

  495. @Andrew -- Asian Express did open in the old Sandy's building on Broad River Rd. I haven't tried it yet, but every time I go by there they seem to be busy.


    4 Mar 23 at 8:34 pm

  496. Why does the Bull Street District annoy me whenever I drive through there? I can't put my finger on it. Maybe it's their daydream-y website and social media marketing. Reminds me of SoDoSoPa from South Park: !


    5 Mar 23 at 12:09 pm

  497. Residents of the South Kilbourne neighborhood don't want new townhomes being built there:

    "Longtime residents of the area cite major concerns with aging water and sewer lines throughout the neighborhood."


    8 Mar 23 at 7:48 am

  498. Looks like l Starbucks in Five Points will close


    8 Mar 23 at 5:03 pm

  499. St. Andrews Seafood Market has apparently closed. I haven't seen any activity in recent weeks but thought maybe they were just on vacation. I've just been told that the owner had a stroke though. Google is showing it as permanently closed with the last review being a month ago. The address is 4470 St. Andrews Road. (It's next door to the car place you featured a couple days ago.)


    10 Mar 23 at 11:43 am

  500. Huh. I'm sorry to hear that. I noticed it was closed, but didn't think anything of it because it was a Sunday.


    10 Mar 23 at 12:52 pm

  501. Not sure about Paws & Claws Animal Clinic at 1431 North Lake Dr. The lights are on but nobody's home for over a month now. No answer by phone either.


    14 Mar 23 at 7:43 am

  502. @JohnR. According to the SCLLR website, the sole veterinarian there had his license temporarily suspended.


    14 Mar 23 at 9:47 am

  503. There will be a Dunkin' Donuts beside the Chick-Fil-A in West Columbia (Augusta Road/Highway 1).


    17 Mar 23 at 7:43 pm

  504. Does anyone remember a local blogger/writer called The Shop Tart? There was a bit of controversy about her in the Free Times newspaper, during the mid- or late 2000s. I don't recall what the nature of the issue was.


    17 Mar 23 at 7:56 pm

  505. Old Country Buffet is opening a second location in the old Irmo Fatz Cafe building. I hope this one will be better than their other location because it was downright awful when we went there.


    17 Mar 23 at 10:55 pm

  506. @Robin -- I don't recall any controversy. The way I remember it, a magazine called Fig was trying to bring an edition to Columbia -- It was kind of a glossy, doctor's office table local spotlight thing -- and she took her blog to their web site, but the magazine ended up folding fairly quickly.


    17 Mar 23 at 11:07 pm

  507. Huh. Well I take it back, apparently the magazine does still exist.


    18 Mar 23 at 1:14 am

  508. Ted - Thanks. In the "Rants and Raves" section of The Free Times, people were complaining about her or defending her, for a couple of weeks.


    18 Mar 23 at 7:51 am

  509. Apparently StoneBridge Gardens And Events at 3506 Bush River Road has closed. I pass by it multiple times a week and knew it was an event space, but I had no idea it was no longer in business until I stumbled on a listing for the building on LoopNet that listed it as "a former event space". Their last Instagram post was on September 3, 2021 so it looks like they probably closed up shop in late 2021.


    23 Mar 23 at 10:12 pm

  510. It is my understanding that Griffin Chophouse in Lexington has recently closed...


    30 Mar 23 at 10:48 pm

  511. @Andrew - Wow, based upon recent Google reviews, it's not surprising that Griffin's has closed.


    31 Mar 23 at 9:25 pm

  512. Comfort Scratch Kitchen at 407 North Lake Drive in Lexington has announced that they're closing immediately, and looking for a new location. This was posted on a Facebook restaurant group, Columbia Eats, by someone who appears to work there or own it.


    2 Apr 23 at 6:44 pm

  513. Tuesday Morning on Harbison is closed as of 3/28.


    4 Apr 23 at 5:11 pm

  514. In South Congaree, the Hum@n Be@n (coffee shop) will be changing to C@nal Coffee.


    5 Apr 23 at 8:28 pm

  515. ^^ Sorry for the odd lettering in my previous comment, but it kept getting auto-banned without the @'s. Replace the @'s with a's.


    5 Apr 23 at 8:29 pm

  516. The Human Bean on Broad River will also be changing ownership.


    5 Apr 23 at 9:52 pm

  517. Southeastern University on Fernandina Road is in the process of being torn down. This is yet another building being demolished as part of all the interstate construction.


    6 Apr 23 at 3:58 pm

  518. Gypsie - Apparently the Hum@n Be@n in Gastonia, NC, also became a C@nal Coffee. I saw an image that says HB “continues to grow, with new locations”. Maybe they are getting rid of underperforming locations, or something.


    8 Apr 23 at 10:13 pm

  519. According to Lexington County Chronicle, DHEC gave these restaurants a "C" grade in March:

    ~ El Jimador on Lake Murray Boulevard
    ~ Fusion Bowl Asian Bistro on Sunset Boulevard
    ~ Tokyo Grill on South Lake Drive

    All were upgraded to "A" ratings after follow-up inspections.,51469


    8 Apr 23 at 10:46 pm

  520. There might be a new Marriott hotel on Airport Boulevard in Springdale/West Columbia, on the corner where Lownsdale Road ends. Residents of Springdale can go to a meeting, I don't know the date, and share their concerns. The hotel would practically be in the neighborhood on Lownsdale Road. I was told this by someone who lives in the Springdale town limits.


    10 Apr 23 at 5:58 am

  521. Clutch Coffee, a chain from NC, will be opening in three locations: Harden Street and Devine Street in Columbia, and Columbia Avenue in Lexington. These are drive-thru businesses; no indoor seating, but the Devine Street location will have a "walk-up patio".



    12 Apr 23 at 1:55 pm

  522. Connection Auto Sales and Carolina Pavement Equipment, both on Edmund Highway have closed and are vacant. I'm not sure exactly when but it had to be fairly recently for both as I go that way weekly for work. The auto place still had cars on the lot earlier this month for sure. CPE has looked vacant for a few weeks, but a FOR SALE sign went up sometime earlier this week.


    14 Apr 23 at 1:48 pm

  523. Brian Hahne

    14 Apr 23 at 2:58 pm

  524. Royal Butcher was in the same place as Griffin, that closed too.

    Brian Hahne

    14 Apr 23 at 2:59 pm

  525. It has just become apparent to me that at the intersection of Platt Springs & Emmanuel Church Road that the Marathon Gas station that was there (that was Hess prior to that) has recently closed


    14 Apr 23 at 7:46 pm

  526. As someone else previously reported, Old Country Buffet is set to open what they advertise as "a second location" in the old Irmo Fatz building, but my understanding is that the Lexington location is actually going to close.


    15 Apr 23 at 2:28 am

  527. Transitions Homeless Center is planning to open an "adult day center" in Dutch Plaza. It will be "open to anyone" and will also have 22 apartments.
    WLTX video:


    15 Apr 23 at 10:32 am

  528. There is signage on the space between KJs and Goodwill on St. Andrews Rd. indicating that Dollar Tree is moving in. I love me a good Dollar Tree!

    I suspect this may actually be a relocation of the one currently located at Broad River and St. Andrews. I certainly hope so. The parking lot for that one is absolutely destroyed and the night lighting is non-existent. That's not exactly an area I want to be shopping in at night without proper lighting. The dealings going on at the back of the store are always pretty shady looking as well.


    20 Apr 23 at 12:42 pm

  529. There is a Rush's on 378 in the Target parking lot... I've not seen cars there in months. Did it close permanently?

    Brian Hahne

    21 Apr 23 at 8:18 pm

  530. The Lexington Pavilion Rush's Brian Hahne asked about did close (and feature here) and while it was marketed as a temporary closure I haven't heard anything one way or the other about it becoming permanent for sure...until the Red Bank location opened in 2018, the Lexington Pavilion was the newest locaiton they had (opened in 2010)...


    21 Apr 23 at 8:46 pm

  531. On Bush River Rd. where Frank's Carwash is, I know it was originally Bob and Frank's Car wash.. but curious about what happened to Bob? I've never heard anything to why the name was changed. Anyone know?


    22 Apr 23 at 10:15 am

  532. Folks it is now official: Bed Bath & Beyond has filed for bankruptcy.

    2 of the 3 Columbia area locations we had have already closed & featured here...the Columbiana Station location is the last one standing of the 3 we had...I did read an article speculating that they might not last through wedding season (and couples are being mindful of such) so I'm afraid they might not be long for this world...


    23 Apr 23 at 3:36 pm

  533. In West Columbia, a food truck business called City Limits Barbeque will be moving into previous location of Lil Duck Kombucha & Treehouse Cafe.

    I never ate at "Lil Duck" myself, but I saw some...commotion...on Facebook. Apparently the owner closed one day/a couple of days(?) because a staff member was ill. A customer left a bad review on Google Maps, because he had made a reservation, and claims he was never contacted about the sudden closing.

    This caused someone to make posts on Facebook, asking people to "show their support" for Lil Duck's owner and leave nice comments on Google Maps. Their Google listing has five-star reviews from people who had NOT actually eaten there before. Then someone called the owner out on FB for "soliciting reviews". So, the owner had to ask that "helpful" person to stop pushing people to "show support" or whatever.

    I don't know if any of that had a serious impact on the business, but it was probably not helpful after all.


    25 Apr 23 at 8:18 pm

  534. there is a gun and ammo store on 378, c2c arms. the building is for sale. it's right before wise ferry road. i want to say it was Lexington armory or something like that a few years ago.


    5 May 23 at 7:02 pm

  535. Folks Tuesday Morning is completely liquidating.

    I remember shopping there at the former Clusters of Whitehall both in the 326 St. Andrews spot as well as when tehy were across the lot in space that is now occupied by New York Bride & Groom...after they moved to Harbison Court I never made it that as it may, they've already closed the Harbison Court location but I don't think it has featured here yet.

    They still have the following 2 locations:

    1. Lexington Towne Centre (932 N Lake Dr, Lexington)
    2. 4905 Forest Drive

    So be on the lookout for those 2 to liquidate and feature here in due course..

    This one is cited as issues with debt where prolonged closures/shutdowns during the COVID pandemic ultimately became insurmountable as the debt became increasingly burdensome.

    It also looks like Bed Bath & Beyond is close to facing a similar fate.

    Also, it was noted that Party City & David's Bridal have recently filed for bankruptcy as well...


    5 May 23 at 9:22 pm

  536. After I drafted that previous writeup I realized that Tuesday Morning's Harbison Court location has featured here (it just wasn't on the Alphabetical Closings list but found it in a Harbison tag)...


    5 May 23 at 11:36 pm

  537. @Andrew -- Oops! Fixed.


    5 May 23 at 11:49 pm

  538. Looks like the Oak Grove Fish House in Lexington county has closed. Not clear if permanent or a remodel. If permanent, that's a shame, it was quite good.


    7 May 23 at 2:13 am

  539. Not looking good, @Bobby - the Oak Grove Fish House website and Facebook pages are gone, and their phone number is inactive.


    7 May 23 at 4:30 pm

  540. Reuben Wade's Antiques has closed. They were at 115 Andrew Corley Road, at the corner of Andrew Corley and South Lake.

    There has been an annual rotating landscaping/christmas tree/mums stand on the very corner, for YEARS. I think it was called Creech's. They're gone now too. It was more of a pop up place. But with that cleared out and Reuben Wade's gone, my guess is that there's something coming to that corner or the road. I'm gonna guess a gas station.... of course.

    Looks like Reuben Wade's closed at the end of March.


    9 May 23 at 10:25 am

  541. Sadly, Steve’s Deli/Sub Shop on Platt Springs Road has closed after 21 years. It’s got to be a tough business. I just hope it doesn’t get turned into another awful “Subway”.

    Lone Wolf

    10 May 23 at 3:42 pm

  542. Oak Grove Fish House is now listed as "Permanently Closed" on Google Maps.


    10 May 23 at 5:21 pm

  543. I just heard that the Buffalo Wild Wings in the Wal-Mart shopping center on Two Notch has closed.


    12 May 23 at 12:28 pm

  544. Mr.Hat beat me to it. Buffalo Wild Wings has closed. If you had gone there in the last few years, this is NOT a surprise. Service was horrible. I am surprised it lasted this long. When I went by there last Sunday afternoon, it was dead, about 5 cars in the parking lot. With this closure and Wild Wing Cafe closure last July, does this say something about wings? Or does this say something about the area. Or does it say something about it's employees or lack of employees or lack of QUALITY employees?

    If there was a restaurant Dead Pool List, I would say Applebee's on Two Notch across from this former Buffalo Wild Wings and Beef O'Brady's would be next.

    I hope the BWW building doesn't become another crab leg restaurant. I would love for Outback to move up here but I don't think it would survive more than a year.


    13 May 23 at 7:14 am

  545. Also, in Northeast news, Chick-Fil-A on Two Notch will be closing for remodeling. It will close Thursday May 18th.


    13 May 23 at 7:23 am

  546. The old bank building at the corner of Two Notch and Sparkleberry near the Publix is in the process of being remodeled. Not sure what will occupy that space.


    13 May 23 at 8:15 am

  547. Sidney - I wonder why the Applebee's chain is still open. I hear/read so many complaints about the "trashy" atmosphere and quality of food ("I have a microwave at home!").

    Ruby Tuesday and Chili's both seem to get slightly more respect. However, the Chili's in Harbison closed, and so did three Ruby Tuesday locations.


    13 May 23 at 11:12 am

  548. The old Ms. B's Southern Soul Food location at 676 St. Andrews Road has a For Sale sign on it now. I know it moved to the old Ruby Tuesday building at Dutch Square several months ago, but for awhile the St. Andrews location still had some activity. That has apparently ended now.


    13 May 23 at 1:04 pm

  549. Thomas - That building will be a Chase Bank.

    Robin - I hear the same thing about Applebee's. I went to the Spring Valley Applebee's 2 times in the past year. It wasn't bad but the food portions are much smaller and the prices have gone up.

    Speaking of microwave food, Beef O'Bradys boneless chicken seems to be the same frozen nuggets I buy for my kids at Food Lion.


    13 May 23 at 4:30 pm

  550. this is a weird one.
    so on 378 there was a sandwich place to open called Its a wrap!. i don't think they ever moved in. it then was taipo ramen house. but something delayed the opening. it took FOREVER. Maybe more than a year? but it opened! in the meantime, another Ramen place opened way down 378 by flight deck.
    OK so anyway, i drive by taipo and it's gone. it's now ichiban Japanese express.
    here's the strange part. you go to taipo Ramen house on fb.. and they say something about they've been open for 2 months... learned a lot of lessons. thank people for the patronage... but say they changed their name, the whole menu, everything. so strange to me that they did this. good luck, i guess?? 2 months isn't long to give it in the restaurant business. something seems off.


    13 May 23 at 7:51 pm

  551. @Sidney -- I've eaten at the Two Notch Applebee's, and it's been decent (I just get a burger), but imho the portion of fries has gone way down.


    13 May 23 at 10:11 pm

  552. @Brian -- I did a closing for It's A Wrap. I had thought the Taipo place was actually open and meant to get some follow-up pictures of it.


    13 May 23 at 10:12 pm

  553. @Ted and @Sidney - To be fair, there are also jokes about Taco Bell making people sick, but they also stay in business!

    (I like Taco Bell occasionally. The food is okay for the prices, so I know what to expect. The customer service is generally good, too. I've had more bad experiences at Chick-Fil-A, with their food and service.)


    14 May 23 at 9:42 am

  554. A new Wendy's location is being built next to the Publix at Lake Crossing plaza, in the Red Bank area. It looks small so far. Maybe it won't have an indoor dining area? I've read about several chains that want to build more locations with drive-through and pick-up service only.


    14 May 23 at 9:29 pm

  555. @Ted
    Yeah, I saw the It's A Wrap entry. That never opened either.
    I remember the Taipo sign being there for quite a few months, with no activity inside. Then Haikkaido (or howver you spell it) opened, and I thought, well.... they lost their claim to be the only Ramen place in town now...even though they're far apart.
    Strange to me they only did it 2 months. To me the place is small, and not in the best location off that road to get into. Bellacinos has lasted a long time. But that shopping center has seen quite a few food places come and go.


    15 May 23 at 10:06 am

  556. Here's the FB site for Taipo Ramen, which is now Ichiban Express. The facebook site still says Taipo. And the letter they sent / posted about the change is there:


    15 May 23 at 10:09 am

  557. Didn't realize... that the Taipo Ramen letter, says that Hakkaido Ramen is the same company? That's interesting, the different names would make them seem like competitors.
    An interesting business model.


    15 May 23 at 10:10 am

  558. In West Columbia, a developer wants to build new apartments and retail space at the corner of Augusta Street and Alexander Road:


    16 May 23 at 11:10 am

  559. Steve's Deli on Platt Spring's Road in West Columbia has closed.


    16 May 23 at 11:02 pm

  560. Robin

    17 May 23 at 9:42 am

  561. Wild Wings in the Vista has closed. I believe that’s the last one in the area. It had really gone down hill over the years but I kind of assumed after Ale House closed that would help their business, guess not.


    17 May 23 at 3:21 pm

  562. I saw a Facebook post that the Buffalo Wild Wings off Two Notch near Sparkleberry Rd closed. I checked the BBW store locater and it is no longer listed.


    17 May 23 at 3:55 pm

  563. While you've got to admire the chutzpah of the business owner, opening a beer garden in Springdale seems antithetical, given the local PD's demonstrated vigilance with speeders. Understanding a beer garden and a Five Points bar are two completely different animals, I wouldn't be surprised if there was one officer magically posted near this new place.

    Somebody definitely got a visit from the Good Idea Fairy...

    Lone Wolf

    18 May 23 at 12:24 pm

  564. Neither of these are closings but I've noticed that a restaurant appears to be going into the old JackSon's BBQ on Sunset Blvd in West Cola. It has been renovated since the last place went out of business. They left the sign in place so maybe it is going to have the same name.

    The old Wachovia at BeltLine and Forest Dr that was torn down has heavy machinery that looks to be getting ready to rip out the footings from the drive thru. Hopefully whatever is going here can work with the awful accessibility at this location.


    18 May 23 at 8:31 pm

  565. @Matt, last I heard 7Brew coffee and a medical office building were planned for the old Wells Fargo/ Wachovia you mentioned.


    18 May 23 at 9:57 pm

  566. The coffee chains are sort of booming in the Columbia/West Columbia/Lexington area. I've heard about 7 Brew Coffee, C@n@l Coffee, Clutch Coffee, and Biggby Coffee.
    (replace the @'s with a's, due to auto-censoring)


    19 May 23 at 10:50 am

  567. @Lone Wolf - Haha! Would not surprise me.

    I think there will be a lot of growth in Springdale, as soon as the downtown/river area of West Columbia is too crowded (it almost feels too crowded now).


    19 May 23 at 11:03 am

  568. @Robin -- At one time I was getting a lot of porn spam comments and I put "that word" on the stop list. Things seem better lately -- I'll take it out and we'll see what happens..


    20 May 23 at 12:41 am

  569. Esther's Soul Food in the Village at Sandhill announced that they will be closing for good on Sunday.


    21 May 23 at 12:55 am

  570. @Ted - Understandable.


    21 May 23 at 1:20 am

  571. Restaurant question for everyone: Is there a food that you think many restaurants make "wrong"? And what place actually makes it good?


    21 May 23 at 1:47 am

  572. Rice quite often. Restaurants often use parboiled rice. Real rice should stick together in a fluffy manner.


    21 May 23 at 10:30 pm

  573. I know that alfredo sauce is not an authentic Italian food anyway. However, I don't think it should be too creamy and thick, with a consistency like mayonnaise or toothpaste. Many restaurants make it that way. It should be thinner and easier to move the pasta around in with your fork/spoon. More like pasta al burro (which is authentic Italian, I believe), but with some cream.

    Also, don't use large amounts of any pasta sauce to hide skimpy amounts of ingredients. Some restaurants do this with ravioli and lasagna.


    22 May 23 at 12:44 pm

  574. My husband is adamant that cranberries, pecans, and almonds don't belong in chicken salad, but that seems to be a very unpopular opinion. He makes it himself or buys it from Publix sometimes.


    22 May 23 at 12:52 pm

  575. @Robin -- I completely agree with your husband. NONE of those things belong in chicken salad! Not true Southern chicken salad anyway. Chicken, Duke's mayo, finely chopped celery, salt and pepper - that's it. I never get it at a restaurant because I know it's going to be awful and 99% of the time I will just make my own but every once in awhile I'll buy it from Ole Timey Meat Market. Theirs doesn't have any of the weird stuff in it and tastes good enough in a pinch.

    Another thing people mess up is pimento cheese. I know a lot of people like the Palmetto brand from store, but that is some vile stuff. Ruth's is nasty as well.


    23 May 23 at 8:56 am

  576. Fusco's Market, located near Lake Murray at 2900 Dreher Shoals Road, closed on Monday. Their Facebook announcement says lunch and catering will continue to operate out of Tavern on 6 next door.


    24 May 23 at 10:35 am

  577. Adding on to Heath's comment, here is an article by the Lexington County Chronicle:,56468

    I feel bad for them having to close, but I don't quite understand these "market and eatery" places. Go to any grocery store where the bakery/deli has a seating area. It's probably empty. I rarely see people dining there, and when I do, they are usually store employees taking breaks.


    24 May 23 at 11:00 am

  578. This morning, (5/24) I saw that work was being done on the former Pizza Joint on Forest Drive near Richland Mall to replace all the HVAC units on the roof. Hopefully this is a good sign and someone is about to put in a restaurant.


    24 May 23 at 11:11 am

  579. You should do Walgreens on Decker.

    Mr. Guy

    24 May 23 at 12:48 pm

  580. @Matt, Vicious Biscuit is going in the old Pizza Joint.


    24 May 23 at 3:57 pm

  581. Today's The State had an article announcing the closure of Ester's Soul Food in the Village at Sandhill...


    25 May 23 at 10:48 pm

  582. @Robin,

    I agree, but I'm coming to the realization that there are things I just won't understand. Premium take-out only food is one of those things.

    I know my wife and her friends picked up stuff there for a party at someone's house one time.


    26 May 23 at 4:46 pm

  583. Google Maps confirms that Walgreens in Decker Village Shopping Center (2300 Decker Blvd.) has closed as Mr. Guy hinted to so I'm afraid that the closing cam will need to pay Decker Village Shopping Center a visit soon...

    I have a feeling that lack of a drive through was a major factor in this one...


    26 May 23 at 8:51 pm

  584. @Heath - Yeah, good point.


    27 May 23 at 9:21 am

  585. I am surprised there is no listing for the multiple Pic-A-Flick Video Rental Stores that use to be around Columbia up until the early 2000's. I use to manage one for a few years in the 1990's, when it was a thriving business type. It was an older chain that pre-dated Blockbuster Video and was based out of Spartanburg, SC. Quite frankly from a total unbiased point of view, it kicked Blockbuster's butt in terms of selection and older hard to find movies Blockbuster did not have. I wish I had pictures, but I just never took any when I worked there.


    29 May 23 at 3:26 pm

  586. Jason's comment reminded me of a movie rental business that was in South Congaree. I can't remember the name. I interviewed there in late 2010, just looking for something to do part-time. I was told that they still opened locations every year, with no worries about Netflix and Redbox. However, they closed one or two years later.


    30 May 23 at 9:15 am

  587. I remember the movie place Robin referenced being called Movie Gallery.

    Movie Gallery had a location at 4350 St. Andrews Road that abruptly closed somewhere in the 2000/01 timeframe (perhaps even 1999). I remember being surprised to find out they still existed but I checked and apparently the whole company is defunct as of 2010.

    Those are the only 2 former Movie Gallery location I can remember off the top of my head unless someone else can remember any others.

    BTW I never remember the Pic-A-Flick video rental store Jason mentioned (though I have a vague recollection of someone who is a former employee of one that was on Decker Blvd. at one point discussing their experiences with it).


    30 May 23 at 9:26 pm

  588. @Robin I believe you're thinking of Family Video which was the most recent one in the shopping center on main street where the gym has been for some time now.


    31 May 23 at 1:00 am

  589. @Jason and @Andrew, I too used to be a manager of Pic-A-Flick Video on Decker Blvd from 1994 - 1996. Great times. I still have a red sweat shirt with the name and logo on it. Gotta say that it was one of the funnest jobs I have ever had. At that time, I was working 2 full time jobs and I still had a blast. Holidays were the best to me because we were sooooo busy. I was there when Moovies took over, I still have my name tag for that somewhere in the garage.


    31 May 23 at 5:47 am

  590. @Ev3nflow and Andrew - Thanks! According to guy who interviewed me, this place had a system where nobody was a manager - "everybody does everything". The idea was that customers shouldn't have to wait for someone who can resolve an issue; every employee should be able to handle it right away. I've never worked at/interviewed at another store chain that tried this.


    31 May 23 at 9:07 am

  591. In Springdale, the gray building across from Dollar General is vacant again (Platt Springs Road). Used to be an antique shop, then it was a used car business (if I remember correctly). Most recently, it was/was going to be a children's learning center.


    1 Jun 23 at 8:24 pm

  592. Borden (maybe a distribution center) on The Blvd looks like they have closed up. It's on Bluff Rd right next to I-77 N side. I saw Borden trucks there before but when I drove by Wednesday, the place looked deserted.


    2 Jun 23 at 11:12 am

  593. Looking through Google Streetview images of the South Congaree area it looks like Movie Gallery was there in August 2007 (consistent with my memories) and then the Family Video Ev3nflow recalls was there in October 2011...then Family video was gone by 2014 and after a time of vacancy it became a fitness center ca. 2016-17 (though it does look like the name of it has changed a couple of times during the intervening years).


    3 Jun 23 at 7:22 pm

  594. @Sidney - that Borden office/warehouse has been closed at least for a year.


    4 Jun 23 at 8:28 am

  595. Peebles Wings will be opening a Five Points location in the former Southern Belly location this fall.


    6 Jun 23 at 12:19 pm

  596. Someone in a West Columbia/Cayce Facebook group asked how people would feel about a Krystal Burger location. It's not clear if the person is "officially" involved in possible new locations.

    Most of the responses are basically: "We prefer White Castle, but we'll take Krystal" or "Not another fast food joint; we need some nicer restaurants".


    6 Jun 23 at 12:32 pm

  597. I remember Pic-a-flic. They did have a better selection that Blockbuster, plus they had a back room. I went to the one at Rosewood Shopping Center more, but I grew up close to the one on Decker.

    I'd love to see Krystal, but I remember they tried and failed here back in the 80s.

    Mr. Bill

    6 Jun 23 at 1:08 pm

  598. Krystal had several Columbia locations, and at least one on the Grand Strand, but they completely exited those markets. I see there are still some in SC though.

    White Castle doesn't get anywhere near us, so it would be a real stretch..


    6 Jun 23 at 10:45 pm

  599. Robin those same people always chime in with not another fast food restaurant, or Not another Burger place. LOL

    Mr Bill

    7 Jun 23 at 4:16 pm

  600. @Mr. Bill - Yep! It seems like there is a desire for West Columbia to have "nicer" places, but that is only happening in the downtown area/River District. I don't imagine a lot of "nicer" (as those people say) places being added to Augusta Road/Highway 1 anytime soon.


    7 Jun 23 at 5:18 pm

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