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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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Northeast Market & Coffee House, 2630 Decker Boulevard: January 2015   1 comment

Posted at 1:17 am in restaurants,stores

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What can I say?

The curse of 2630 Decker Boulevard continues.

Written by ted on February 7th, 2015

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Tiga Lee's Chicken & Grill / Convenience Store, 2644 River Drive: 2000s   7 comments

Posted at 1:46 am in restaurants,stores

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This building is on River Drive just past the closed daycare. I associate the faux stone facade with the 1970s for some reason and the building has a distinctive enough look that I expect it was part of some chain.

From the various door signage, I would say that clearly the last business in this spot was a convenience store, but the only hit I can find for the address online is for Tiga Lees Chicken & Grill.

Written by ted on February 6th, 2015

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Mr. Cheeks Original Creations Barber Shop, 2739-B Broad River Road: January 2014 (moved)   5 comments

Posted at 1:34 am in business

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I had thought that this building, the former location of George's Book Exchange, had looked vacant for a while but never got around to stopping. Then commenter jonathan noted that it had been torn down.

Doing a bit of googling confirmed that the last tenant Mr. Cheeks Original Creations Barber Shop moved out and to 2700-C Broad River Road sometime in January 2014. Currently the barber sign is still up by the road, and there is no indication what, if anything, is to become of this lot. I hate to see these old houses vanish, but I suspect it was not in great shape.

(Hat tip to commenter jonathan)

Written by ted on February 5th, 2015

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Spork Food And Beverage Cafe, 1410 Colonial Life Boulevard: February 2014   3 comments

Posted at 1:41 am in restaurants

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I like the spork, a "can-do" little utensil. Unfortunately, I don't think it's often associated with a sit-down dining experience, being more of an on-the-go utility player. According to commenter Justin, Spork Food And Beverage Cafe in Colonial Village closed on the last day of February 2014, making it about a year ago. I guess that shows you how often I drive through that little plaza, and perhaps how often *anyone* drives through it.

I note that the nearby Queenstown/Mayflower location is still vacant as well.

(Hat tip to commenter Justin)

Written by ted on February 4th, 2015

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Sims Child Development & Early Learning Center / Palmetto Kids, 2601 River Drive: January 2015   1 comment

Posted at 1:00 am in business

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Comment Justin noted that this daycare on River Drive just off of Main is now closed, and up for lease. I'm not sure exactly when this was, but the toy car set out by the curb and yet picked up suggests it was fairly recent.

(Hat tip to comment Justin)

Written by ted on February 3rd, 2015

It's Baaack..   1 comment

Posted at 2:03 am in commentary

Written by ted on February 2nd, 2015

Garibaldi Cafe, 2013 Greene Street: 27 January 2015   4 comments

Posted at 12:41 am in restaurants

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I have to admit that I never really considered going to Garibaldi's on Greene, though looking at the menu I think I could have been happy there with some pasta or pizza.

The restaurant closed last week, according to The State because the lease was coming up and they decided they didn't want to stay in a building they didn't own.

(Hat tip to commenter Robert S.)

Written by ted on February 2nd, 2015

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Hampton Kitchens, 2205 Main Street: 2011   1 comment

Posted at 2:06 am in business

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I just noticed the real-estate sign in front of this interestingly shaped Main Street building the other day, but it appears that Hampton Kitchens has been closed since around 2011.

Written by ted on January 30th, 2015

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Gas Station, 4715 North Main Street: 1980s(?)   3 comments

Posted at 1:23 am in business

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I really like old gas stations. In this case, the building itself is nothing special, but the rising angle canopy extending over the old pump islands is a distinctive touch, and one which I suspect identified the original brand of gas the station sold.

The closing date here is just a guess, the place was a gas station long enough that a "Full Serv" sign was installed, when of course when the station opened, all service was "full service". When was the last time you had someone open your battery and add water?

Written by ted on January 29th, 2015

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