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Rossi's, 9639 North Kings Higway (North Myrtle Beach): November 2017   1 comment

Posted at 12:02 am in closing

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Back in March, I found myself driving to the beach on the North route, and much earlier than usual so that it was still daylight when I hit Florence. Just East of Aynor the road conditions sign was declaring heavy traffic ahead on US-501. I doubted that was really the case so early in the year, but decided to take the way-North route of SC-22 and finally get a chance to hit Rossi's Italian for dinner, something I had been meaning to do for many years, but, generally being on the South Strand, had never gotten around to.

Well, it seems I should have gotten around to it earlier as I found the place gone.

A media search found two stories on the closing, one from WFMB and one from The Sun News.

Apparently Rossi's closed in November of 2017 due to issues with the management of the Galleria plaza, where the restaurant had been located since its opening in 1983. The plan was to reopen at 7753 N. Kings Highway in April of 2018, but for some reason that never happened. I did find one Facebook reference to them pledging to "Try again", but nothing seems to have yet come to pass.

I guess if I have learned anything writing this blog, it's that when you think I ought to get around to that someday, you're asking for trouble if you don't.

Domino's Pizza, 9810 Two Notch Road Suite B: May 2019 (moved)   no comments

Posted at 11:04 pm in closing

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Domino's at Polo Plaza has moved across the parking lot and around the corner to the freestanding building at 9814 Two Notch Road, which used to house Blockbuster Video and then A Goodnight Sleepstore.

As you can see from the pictures, they are only occupying the north half of the building, and the south half is still for lease.

(Hat tip to commenter LD)

Blue Cactus Cafe, 2002 Greene Street Suite H: 3 May 2019   no comments

Posted at 10:37 pm in closing

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To the best of my memory, I have only eaten at the Korean/Southwestern Blue Cactus Cafe once, probably in the late 80s, when it lived up to its reputation of being quirky and slow, but with good food. Since then, it has changed ownership within the family, and has now finally closed.

The Free Times has the story.

The storefront is in an interesting location: A sort of sunken walkway along the front (back?) of a large building with many other tenants. It's not hard to get to, other than the usual Five Points parking issues, but if you are just driving by, you would never know it was there.

(Hat tip to commenter ED)

Written by ted on May 7th, 2019

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Nestle Toll House Cafe / Planet Smoothie, 461 Town Center Place Suite 1: 28 April 2019   1 comment

Posted at 1:29 am in closing

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I got a couple of reports in June of 2017 that this place had closed. I actually did drive out there to get some pictures, and found that they were actually closed for upfitting as they were adding a Planet Smoothie operation.

In the event that must not have worked out for them, as they are closed for good this, with their Facebook page citing "Many factors" in the decision.

To me, the location appears pretty good as it is catty-cornered from the Sandhill movie theaters, and would be a good place to get a snack while waiting for your movie. Of course that only works if your movie is pretty early.

(Hat tip to commenter Sidney)

Jewelry Warehouse, 228 Knox Abbot Drive: 2 May 2019   7 comments

Posted at 12:11 am in closing

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Well, the situation for Jewelry Warehouse and its associated sports memoribilia stores seems rather confusing. Here is a State story on the situation, and here is one from Columbia Business Report.

I think the upshot is that while there are statements from the business that they will be back, those have probably been overtaken by events (and by the Department of Revenue). The sums owed seem quite large, and I suspect they were optimistically thinking they could turn the situation around, and overextended their resources without being able in the end to make that happen.

(Hat tip to commenter Jimmy)

Tiffany's Bakery, 8502 Two Notch Road: April 2019 (Moved)   1 comment

Posted at 10:20 pm in closing

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The first pictures here were taken last October, when Tiffany's put up the moving signs. Apparently it was a more involved process than expected, because the signs came down for several months. Now they have finished the move to 9704 Two Notch Road, the site of the old site of The Movies At Polo, where a new building has been built in what was the parking lot for the theaters.

According to the sign there, Tiffany's will be open at the new location tomorrow: 3 May 2019.

There are two stories from The State, here and here, indicating that the new space is double the size of the old, and showing how much longer than expected it took.

Written by ted on May 2nd, 2019

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Wells Fargo, 2806 Sunset Boulevard: March 2019   3 comments

Posted at 11:29 pm in closing

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Here's another Wells Fargo branch closed, this one by the Lexington Medical Center on Sunset Boulevard.

My sister is a WF customer, so she got word early and I took these pictures before it actually closed. Commenter JB later confirmed that it had taken place. Eventually I will get some pictures of the empty building if I can remember.

Written by ted on May 1st, 2019

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Litchfield Fish House, 13060 Ocean Highway (Litchfield Beach): Early 2019   1 comment

Posted at 10:46 pm in closing

Capital Bank, 5075 Sunset Boulevard: 2017-ish   no comments

Posted at 8:01 pm in closing

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Here's another closed bank branch, this one on Sunset Boulevard near Target. I like the view out of the back of the lot. Even though the area has built up considerably, there are still large undeveloped areas in Lexington County.

(Hat tip to commenter JamesR)

Written by ted on April 29th, 2019

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Russell & Jeffcoat / Coldwell Banker, 5599 Sunset Boulevard: 2018   no comments

Posted at 11:50 pm in closing

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LoopNet says this old Russell & Jeffcoat building is off the market, but there was still a real estate sign out front when I drove by a few weeks ago. These buildings have such a distinctive look that it always seems odd to see non Russell & Jeffcoat tenants in them.

Written by ted on April 26th, 2019

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