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Eagle Cleaners, 6281 Saint Andrews Road: 20 December 2014   no comments

Posted at 11:53 pm in business,Uncategorized

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I did a closing for this Eagle's when it moved from it's old location further down SAR to this spot. Now it appears that they have left Irmo entirely, though they still have stores in the Midlands.

Written by ted on June 2nd, 2015

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Liberty Tax Service / Danny's Drumming Studio, 946 Harden Street / 944 Harden Street (moved)   no comments

Posted at 1:15 am in business

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I wrote about Liberty Tax Service in this location about five years ago. I believe that by that time Danny's Drumming Studio in the adjacent storefront, had already moved to Leesburg Road though I did not do a post on them for some reason.

Since then, both addresses in this Harden Street building have been gutted, with the interposing walls knocked out and the roof removed. According to this State article from January 2015, the building had already been condemned so the developers had to move fast to do something about it and hope to have something in the spot by Christmas 2015.

Written by ted on June 1st, 2015

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Gulf Station / Auto Sound Lab, 700 Harden Street: January 1984   20 comments

Posted at 12:19 am in business

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Commenter Rick sent this picture of his former business some months ago but I was holding onto it until I could dig up some current-ish pictures of the spot for comparison. I actually did take some, but as so often is the case, I can't lay hands on them right now. The ones I did find are from 2011.

Though I must have driven, or been driven, by this spot hundreds of times through the years, I can honestly say I have no recollection whatsoever of this building. I also have no recollection of Harper's being built despite always thinking of it as a "new" place.

Commenter Rick has recently mentioned that X Records was also located on this corner and also knocked down to build Harper's.

(Hat tip to commenter Rick)

UPDATE 1 June 2015: Changed Gas Station in the post title to Gulf Station based on the comments.

Written by ted on May 28th, 2015

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Sandler's Fine Jewelry, 471 Town Center Place #13: Late May 2015   no comments

Posted at 10:33 pm in stores

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Curiously when I went by Sandler's at Sandhill the other week, there were no closing signs on the store. The billboards were up in several places however. They don't give a date, but I'm guessing the end of May would be a logical time.

It's Officially Summer..   3 comments

Posted at 8:44 pm in commentary

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The Vidalias are here.

Written by ted on May 25th, 2015

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If You're Man Enough..   2 comments

Posted at 2:59 am in commentary

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Written by ted on May 21st, 2015

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Wright's Eatery, 2538 Two Notch Road: Spring 2015   2 comments

Posted at 12:23 am in restaurants

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It appears this little building on the L'il Cricket lot at the corner of Two Notch & Covenant has changed hands again.

It is now K-Wayzz Corner Grill.

Written by ted on May 20th, 2015

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Qdoba Mexican Grill, 2006 Devine Street: 9 May 2015   15 comments

Posted at 1:51 am in restaurants

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This is the third Qdoba in Columbia to close fairly recently, the other two being on Garners Ferry and Two Notch. WLTX has the story here.

I think the chain may be having troubles in general as google finds a number of closings nationally, and I have also noticed the Surfside location close. I will say that the few times I have tried Qdoba in general (I did not try any of the Columbia stores), I have not been too impressed. In particular, my burrito always fell apart.

I'm not sure whether the architecture of this building is meant to suggest Southwest or Brick Train Station...

(Hat tip to commenter Justin)

Written by ted on May 19th, 2015

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R. H. Lee & Co. Auctioneers, 2305 Two Notch Road: early 2000s   1 comment

Posted at 1:09 am in business

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LoopNet says this building is mostly one huge open space, which makes sense for an auction hall. R. H. Lee lists here as late as the February 1997 phonebook, but were gone by the February 2005 phonebook, so I'm guessing early 2000s for the closing date. I'm not sure what happened to the front of the building -- whether it's just boarded up, or someone has stripped the exterior for some reason.

Written by ted on May 16th, 2015

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Coldwater Creek, 630-17 Promenade Place: May 2014   2 comments

Posted at 2:11 am in stores

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While I was out taking pictures for La Bag Lady, I noticed this empty storefront across the street. It turns out to have been women's clothier Coldwater Creek, and WLTX has the story of how the whole chain went bankrupt in April of 2014.

Apparently they had a Columbiana Mall location as well.

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