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One Hour Kleen Kare, 6179 Saint Andrews Road: 31 May 2016   no comments

Posted at 10:59 pm in closing

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Here's another Saint Andrews Road drycleaner closing from late Spring. I like the Shirts Laundered graphic and the old style rhyming slogan.

(Hat tip to commenter Andrew)

Written by ted on July 17th, 2016

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Piggly Wiggly #118, 4033 West Beltline Boulevard: Summer 2016   4 comments

Posted at 1:02 am in closing

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Well, I thought we had reached pigqulibrium, but I gues not. The Edens Plaza Pig on Beltline is in the process of closing now.

I went by today, and the place is at that interesting sweet spot of not too picked over but already pretty good discounts. Perishables are mostly gone, but there are still plenty of canned goods, baking supplies, laundry detergent, toothpaste and other sundries..

The location seems fairly viable to me and the area is not over-grocered. It would not surprise me to see an IGA or Sav-A-Lot go in here.

(Hat tip to commenter Mr. BO via email)

Dolo's, 1212 Sunset Drive, May 2016   no comments

Posted at 11:44 pm in closing

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Dolo's was the follow-on operation to Varsity / D'Jasz / J S Rennee near the intersection of Sunset and North Main. As these not very good pictures show, the place is now well on the way to re-opening as Uncle Ned's.

(Hat tip to commenter Justin)

Written by ted on July 14th, 2016

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First Care / Palmetto Health USC, 2406 Decker Boulevard: 1 April 2016 (moved, changed)   no comments

Posted at 12:13 am in closing

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I'm not sure this started as a First Care but it has been that since at least 1997, and some sort of urgent care center since back into the 1980s. I remember I went there once while I was living in Fayetteville and was back in Columbia for the weekend -- it was efficient and effective. It sounds like they were caught up in the ongoing remaking of the health care industry.

Written by ted on July 14th, 2016

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Annual Reminder: It Could Be Worse   5 comments

Posted at 7:08 pm in commentary

Somehow.

Written by ted on July 13th, 2016

Boutique, 1522-B Two Notch Road: 2015 (?)   no comments

Posted at 12:32 am in closing

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I'm not sure what this place was actually called: there was no sign when I first noticed it, and google is a bit squishy on the subject.

However, I haven't forgotten the image (first above) that brought the place to my attention, and prompted a post way back in 2010.

Written by ted on July 13th, 2016

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Elie's Mediterranean Cuisine, 1058 Saint Andrews Road: Spring 2016   7 comments

Posted at 12:56 am in closing

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It's a little unclear exactly when Elie's closed. The offical announcement on their Facebook is 12 June 2016, but comments suggest the place had been closed for some time by then.

I wanted to like this place, in an interesting little converted house on Saint Andrews Road, and in the event stopped by twice some years ago. Both times they were out of what I ordered, and I never got around to seeing if third time was the charm.

The signs announce that a hair salon is coming.

Written by ted on July 12th, 2016

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Army Navy Store, 1621 Main Street: 2 April 2016 (moved)   1 comment

Posted at 11:45 pm in closing

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Longtime Main Street stalwart the Army Navy Store has moved into the old ReStore location in Capitol Square at 463 Sunset Boulevard.

This story in The State when the move was just a possibility recounts some of the store's history including:

But the store soon became known for more than just military surplus.

"When Michael Jackson was in town and his car pulled up out front and he came in shopping for jeans," Zalkin said, "I remember you couldn't even see the sunlight coming in through the front windows of the store for all the faces that had crowded around for a look in at him."

This story at Cola Daily describes the actual move.

The Main Street building was bought by Agape Senior, headquartered across the street.

(Hat tip to commenter Justin)

Written by ted on July 10th, 2016

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Probably Not   no comments

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Written by ted on July 8th, 2016

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YMCA, 1420 Sumter Street: 9 July 2016 (moving)   2 comments

Posted at 11:06 pm in closing

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I believe I may at one time have had swimming lessons at the downtown 'Y', though it is very hazy now. I remember for sure that I had Karate lessons there, something which my mother was in favor of to try and get me out of my books every now and then, and something which I personally hated (the same thing was true of Little League). In the event, I would sneak over to the neighboring RCPL when I was supposed to be in class.

I had not often thought of the 'Y' since then until my sister recently mentioned that it was moving from this historic building to a new one at 1447 Hampton Street.

According to the 'Y' website, that move is this weekend, and the new 'Y' should be open on Monday 11 July 2016.

Written by ted on July 6th, 2016

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