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Gilligan's, 938 North Lake Drive: Mid-June 2014   13 comments

Posted at 1:23 am in restaurants

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A Three Hour Cruise..

I'm not too familiar with Gilligan's, but I know there was at least one other in Litchfield Beach which closed last year and is now an ABC store. This one was in Lexingtion on North Lake Drive just east of the Books-A-Million strip mall.

I think that clearly this building and the old Zorba's On Two Notch shared the same design. Whether that means this was originally a Zorba's or that they were both originally something else I'm not sure.

(Hat tip to commenter John Barrs)

UPDATE 24 February 2015: Updated the closing date in the post title based on the comments.

Written by ted on February 18th, 2015

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Regional Finance Corp, 6729 Two Notch Road Suite L: Early 2015 (moved)   no comments

Posted at 2:17 am in business

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While I was at Very's the other day, I noticed that the finance office next door has relocated (although exactly where to is not completely clear to me from the information on the sign).

Written by ted on February 17th, 2015

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Radio Shack, 6070 Garners Ferry Road Suite F: Spring 2015   23 comments

Posted at 2:59 am in stores

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Well, it's been all over the news, but this is the first Radio Shack I've driven past since the bankruptcy announcement.

This store is in Woodhill strip at the top of the lot, parallel to Garners Ferry. I've actually been inside several times over the last year, once for a AC adaptor, once for some CD-R media and once for something that currently slips my mind. The product mix is now a far cry from the old parts & kits era, or even the TRS-80 era, but still I can't see that another Sprint store is really an improvement.

Written by ted on February 16th, 2015

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Bentley's Beach House, 1605 North Lake Drive: Early January 2015   3 comments

Posted at 12:17 am in restaurants

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Bentley's Beach House was the follow-on operation in the old Dam Bar & Grill spot.

It looks like the next tenant is already lined up with a sign announcing Mari's Lake House, thus continuing the "water" and "house" theme the location has going on..

(Hat tip to commenter James R)

Written by ted on February 14th, 2015

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Splay Footed Dread   5 comments

Posted at 2:17 am in commentary,Uncategorized

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Written by ted on February 13th, 2015

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Combat Mixed Martial Arts / 1705 Bar & Grill / Uptown Lounge / etc, 3717 Pine Belt Road: 2010s   1 comment

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This lot is on that odd little section of Pine Belt at Two Notch where you have a fork in the road, with two-way traffic on both sides of the fork. I suspect originally Pine Belt came out to Two Notch on the fork where these buildings are and that later the second fork and light were added for a straight shot across to Cushman, but it's been this way as long as I can recall, so I could be wrong.

It seems to me that the red building was most recently some sort of night club, but I don't think much has stuck to either building on this property in recent years and now both buildings are for sale together.

Given that this is not the best location in the world, it will be interesting to see what happens here.

Written by ted on February 13th, 2015

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Carolina Imports, 705 Gervais Street: 23 November 2014 (moved)   5 comments

Posted at 1:55 am in stores

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As commenter Justin noted some time back, Carolina Imports furniture has left Gervais Street and the Vista and have moved out of downtown.

Their new location is at 2965 North main, in the Trestle Building:

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(Hat tip to commenter Justin)

Island Cafe & Deli, 10683 Ocean Highway Pawleys Island: November 2014   no comments

Posted at 1:11 am in grand-strand,out-of-area,restaurants

The Island Cafe & Deli was for many years a dependable choice for lunch and dinner at Pawleys Island. Landolfi's is my favorite restaurant in the area, but the Deli had a nice front porch for outdoor dining, and sometimes you just want a grilled cheese or burger with black bean soup instead of pizza. Apart from those options, the menu had a number of quirkily named signature items like the Aristotle Salad or the Strom Thurmond, which the description assured us was "an illustrious member of our menu" and featured "young turkey breast".

Some years ago the place had a bad fire and was closed for an extended period, and I believe that after that, someone once drove a car through the front window. Given that history, I was very surprised when I went down in December for the candles to find the place closed.

It appears that the next tenant will be Rustic Table.

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Written by ted on February 11th, 2015

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Warehouse, 3036 North Main Street: 2010s   2 comments

Posted at 1:50 am in business

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I can't find any mention of what this used to be, but if you want a warehouse(*), this, may be for you.

(*) As opposed to 'ware, House!, which is what Dorothy should have shouted to the Wicked Witch Of The East.

Written by ted on February 10th, 2015

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Sonic Drive-In, 2461 Decker Boulevard: Early February 2015   10 comments

Posted at 1:02 am in restaurants

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Well, I find this closing a bit surprising, especially given that a lot of Richland County offices will be going into Decker Mall just across the street.

For some reason I've always associated Sonic with small towns and bygone days, probably since the first one I was aware of was in Hartsville sometime back in the 1970s, but nowdays they seem to be a chain on the move with national television campaigns (rather silly ones, I must say) and expansion into head-to-head competition with McDonalds and the rest of the "sit down" fast food chains. I don't think I've had the burgers, but I stop for a milkshake once or twice a year, and they're pretty good.

The closing signs here are a bit disingenuous, as in fact the Forest Drive location:

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has been open for over a year in the old Hardee's location.

(Hat tip to my sister)

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Written by ted on February 9th, 2015

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