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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

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