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Get Ready Columbia!   3 comments

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Written by ted on August 19th, 2017

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McDonald's, 1303 Charleston Highway: Summer 2017 (temporary)   2 comments

Posted at 11:56 pm in closing

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As mentioned by commenter Andrew, here is another McDonald's undergoing upfit to the new style. This one is on the Charleston Highway adjacent to the recently closed Church's Chicken. The setup with two signs seems a little unusual to me, but perhaps I just haven't been paying attention.

(Hat tip to commenter Andrew)

Written by ted on August 18th, 2017

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Sandy Run Towing, 3610 North Main Street: 24 February 2017 (moved)   1 comment

Posted at 12:13 am in closing

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According to The State, this North Main towing operation caught fire on 24 February 2017:

Columbia fire crews arrived at Sandy Run Towing at 3610 North Main just before midnight. They worked for more than two hours to put out the flames.

There were no injuries, but the building and the cars inside were a complete loss

Man! You've already had a bad day when you car gets towed. Now imagine it getting caramelized on top of that..

From the sign, it appears that they have now relocated.

Written by ted on August 18th, 2017

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Metanoia / O'Connor Design, llc., 1230 C Avenue: 2014   3 comments

Posted at 11:09 pm in closing

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When I was in Triangle City a couple of weekends ago, and trying to turn around and go back for some pictures of a place I had just driven past, I noticed this empty building on C Avenue. Some googling suggests it was an interior design operation. The website is still active here. Since their picture shows the Metanoia signage, I guess that was the DBA name.

Written by ted on August 16th, 2017

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The Sunshine House, 6074 Saint Andrews Road: 2014   2 comments

Posted at 12:05 am in closing

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This former daycare is well back from the road around where Old Bush River splits off from Saint Andrews road.

It appears to have been part of a chain of such centers, with other locations remaining open.

There is always something especially sad about an abandoned playground.

(Hat tip to commenter IrmoJeff)

Written by ted on August 16th, 2017

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Hot 4 Wings, 5454 Sunset Boulevard Suite E: July 2017   2 comments

Posted at 11:29 pm in closing

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The impending closing of this Lexington Publix plaza wing stop was noted a while ago by commenter Ed, and commenter Brian confirmed the actual closing a bit later. The first shot shows the place still in operation and the later shots are from afterwards.

Curiously, Hot 4 Wings was just a few suites down from Wing Nuts, which shuttered in March 2014.

(Hat tip to commenters ED & Brian)

Written by ted on August 14th, 2017

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Southern Auto & Diesel Repair, 409 Charleston Highway: 2010s   2 comments

Posted at 11:42 pm in closing

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I noticed this former garage in Triangle City on the Charleston Highway last weekend. I can't say exactly when it closed, as I don't see any phonebook listings for it, at least under the marquee name, although Google suggests it might also have been Southern Diesel Truck & Trailer Repair, or a Meineke Car Care location.

Written by ted on August 11th, 2017

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Reds On Augusta, 4350 Augusta Road: Late 2014 (moved)   2 comments

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Noticed this vacant restaurant on Augusta Road next to the former Piggly Wiggly plaza.

A little googling turned up a LoopNet listing and an old FaceBook page that establish that it was a Sports/Biker bar called Reds On Augusta.

Judging from the fact that the last Facebook postings (other than an outlier which I'm guessing is a memory-lane post) are from late 2014, that's when I'm putting the closing.

See the LoopNet link for a picture of the place in operation.

UPDATE 11 August 2017: OK, commenter James R says they have not closed but moved to 3813 Augusta Highway. Well good for them! I'll add "(moved)" to the post title.

Written by ted on August 11th, 2017

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RaceWay, 2206 Airport Boulevard: Summer 2017 (temporary)   1 comment

Posted at 11:03 pm in closing

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Here's another upfit: The Raceway at the intersection of I-26 & Airport Boulevard. I think I actually stopped here once for gas. I have to say the motel looks like it needs an upfit more than the store does.

Written by ted on August 9th, 2017

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Sonic Drive-In, 3316 North Main Street: 22 July 2017   no comments

Posted at 11:58 pm in closing

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This is the second Sonic in Columbia that I am aware of closing. The Decker location closed in 2015. I like the idea of drive-ins with carhops, but in the event I never seem to end up wanting to eat in my car. I do get a milkshake every few years.

(Hat tip to commenter Toby)

Written by ted on August 8th, 2017

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