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Auto Sound Lab, 2941 Two Notch Road: 1980s   3 comments

Posted at 12:37 am in closing

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I've been misplacing and finding these pictures ever since commenter Rick sent them, but here they finally are. Commenter Rick says:

Ted,

Attached are a few photos of my store at 2941 Two Notch Road when our new sign was going up. It does not show the building very well but in the back ground just past the McDonald's sign, you can see the old Chappy's Fish and Chips sign that you mentioned in your Carzzz 2941 post. You can also see my old 1976 blue corvette that was in the middle bay of the picture I sent from my Five Points location.

I would also note that in the background of the first picture, you can see the old AMC dealership, where I bought the worst piece of junk ever assembled: the 1983 Renault Alliance. Man, was I ever glad to see the last of that marvel of Franco-American technology.

The building on this lot is now a dental office.

Written by ted on March 15th, 2016

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Latienda Hispana - Specialty Food, 4020 Rosewood Drive: 2015   no comments

Posted at 12:33 am in closing

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This little Hispanic grocery or convienence store was in this little Rosewood plaza for a number of years adjacent to Killoy. It appears the interior is now being completely gutted for whatever comes next.

Written by ted on March 14th, 2016

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Pancho's Restaurante Mexicano, 5141 Sunset Boulevard: February 2016   1 comment

Posted at 1:56 am in closing

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This Lexington Mexican spot on a Target outparcel was originally a Casa Linda.

As this closing is close to events in the news, I want to be very careful what I say, but you can read some background in The State here.

As of a few days ago, the Forest Drive Pancho's was still open.

(Hat tip to commenter ED)

Written by ted on March 12th, 2016

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Ryan's Grill, Buffet & Bakery, 5579 Sunset Boulevard: February 2016   1 comment

Posted at 12:09 am in closing

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There's not much to say about the closing of the Lexington Ryan's that hasn't been said elsewhere. I will note that I am a little surprised that this store, and the Two Notch Store both still have all the branding and signage up. Usually when a company that is still active closes a store, they like to get that down quickly to avoid associating the chain with failure. In my mind that means things are perhaps even worse than they seem, if that's possible.

(Hat tip to commenter ED)

Written by ted on March 11th, 2016

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Tripp's Fine Cleaners, 1339 Broad River Road: Early 2016 (temporary)   no comments

Posted at 11:15 pm in closing

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Oddly, this is the second location of Tripp's Fine Cleaners to be affected by fire in recent years. You will recall that they were also caught in the Spring Valley Commons fire of 14 October 2013. Hopefully, this location will be able to rebuild more quickly than the Two Notch location.

Written by ted on March 8th, 2016

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Kiki's Chicken & Waffles, 110 Columbia Northeast Drive: 17 February 2016 (moved)   no comments

Posted at 12:57 am in closing

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Soul food purveyors Kiki's Chicken & Waffles have left their old, cramped, digs in Fortune Square, and have moved into the old Sticky Fingers location at Columbia Mall.

Judging from the parking lot Sunday 6 March, they will have no trouble filling the larger building..

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No Day At The Beach..   no comments

Posted at 12:42 am in commentary

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Written by ted on March 8th, 2016

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Edna's #1, 3609 River Drive: 31 March 2016   31 comments

Posted at 12:20 am in closing

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Well, this is the end of an era. Edna's on River Drive predates me into this world by something over a year, so has been a Columbia institution longer than I've been alive. Of course, it has been an institution in a part of the town we used to think of as far away, so if we ever ate here growing up, it was long enough ago, and infrequently enough that I can't remember it. I'll have to try to remedy that before 31 March.

This kind of walk-up, no inside dining restaurant used to be common. In fact that's the way I recall Bell's and the original Garners Ferry McDonald's. Nowdays it is much less common, though you can still see remnants of the style, now worked around, in Zesto and Dairy Bar. I love the common-sense practicality of the cement blocks shorter customers can stand on to bring them up to window level.

Edna's also had an affiliated located at 2200 Two Notch Road, in a building that is still there, and a third location off Forest Drive, which was razed some years ago.

Here is a nice appreciation of Marie Rose Tyner, who ran the restaurant for many years and passed in the summer of 2015.

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Written by ted on March 7th, 2016

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Urban Metro Fashions, 3538 Covenant Road: Late 2015   4 comments

Posted at 12:35 am in closing

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This small urban clothing botique is in the storefront that was the final location for Forest Lake TV. It's listed in the February 2015-2016 phonebook(*), and I think I would have noticed it being vacant for many months as I drive by there several times a week, so I'm going to peg the closing as "late 2015".

(*) For some reason I still have not received a February 2016-2017 phonebook..

Written by ted on March 3rd, 2016

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Acadian Plaza, 2210 Decker Boulevard: February 2016   12 comments

Posted at 12:34 am in closing

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I have noticed this little strip on Decker driving by over the years, mostly because of Piper's Hair Care uwhich I never could quite figure out if it were closed or not. (It was). Now the whole place is empty and for let.

It's certainly not the worst looking real estate on the corridor.

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