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Punjabi Dhaba, 1201 Bush River Road: 4 February 2014   2 comments

Posted at 1:18 am in restaurants

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I liked Punjabi Dhaba, though I haven't been able to make it over there for several months. The restaurant is part of the old Howard Johnson motel across from Wal-Mart near the intersection of Bush River Road and I-26. I started going there after Delhi Palace moved from Broad River Road, and found I liked it better.

Here is The State story on the fire, though it is very brief. When I stopped by there on Sunday 9 February, the place still smelled stronly of smoke and burnt wood. While I certainly hope to see them re-open, it's hard to see sinking much money into this old building. There are two vacant restaurants further up the road, but of course those buildings aren't in great shape either.

UPDATE 16 April 2014 -- As commenter Andrew reports, looks like demolition is starting (pix from 13 April, it may be done by now):

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UPDATE 9 May 2014 -- Well, the building is gone, and I have removed the "temporary" tag from the post title:

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Written by ted on February 11th, 2014

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T J's Merchandise, 1607 Broad River Road: 2013   no comments

Posted at 11:32 pm in stores

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T J's was in the Boozer Shopping Center right next to Columbia Center of Immigration and had a name non-specific enough that I'm not sure what they sold.

Judging from the sign on the door, they may be coming back as Thrifty Values.

Written by ted on February 7th, 2014

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GB Shoe, 421 Bush River Road Suite 3001: January 2014 (open again)   5 comments

Posted at 11:35 pm in stores

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GB Shoe is currently closed for renovations, and unlike many places claiming such and then vanishing, there actually are renovations underway. In fact, if things go to schedule, they should be open again next week.

GB is in the old Dutch Square A&P building, and as part of the Dutch Square property, has a really odd address. We are to think of it as 421 Bush River Road, when the actual store has no access to Bush River, and does have access to Broad River!

By the way, does anyone know what GB stands for (or stood for)?

(Hat tip to commenter Justin)

UPDATE 20 February 2014 -- Open again, as promised, and as reported by commenter Andrew:

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Written by ted on January 30th, 2014

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Visionworks / Remax, 426 Bush River Road: 1990s, 2011   4 comments

Posted at 11:08 pm in business

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I only remember this building (across from Dutch Square) as a Visionworks eyeglass operation and not at all as ReMax real estate.

Perhaps that's because I wear glasses but have no interest in property. Anyway, it was apparently Visionworks longer ago than I would have thought -- it appears from the phonebooks I have at home that they closed shop or moved sometime between 1998 and 2005. This LoopNet listing shows the place in operation as ReMax, which apparently moved out in 2011.

Written by ted on September 17th, 2013

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Adams Insurance Agency / Nationwide Insurance/ Entry Point / Columbia Center of Immigration / Brighter Solutions, 1605 Broad River Road: 2013 (moved)   4 comments

Posted at 12:18 am in ngo

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Here's another Boozer Shopping Center vacancy:

Brighter Solutions has moved to 1447 Franklin Street. Apparently they are home lighting decor providers with "Solatubs, Entry Point glass, &amp: Phantom screens".

Before that, the place was apparently an insurance agency and an immigration support operation.

Futon Lifestyle / B & B Womenswear, 1599 Broad River Road: 2010   no comments

Posted at 11:53 pm in stores

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Here's another Boozer Shooping Center storefront, this one a clothes store. B & B aparently closed shop in 2010, or at least they were listed in the Feb 2010 phonebook, but not the Feb 2011 book.

Before that in the mid 2000s, the place was Futon Lifestyle. All I can say from the brief and painful periods I have spent on those most awkward neither fish nor fowl items of furniture, is that I am not cut out for a futon lifestyle..

Written by ted on June 6th, 2013

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Burger King, 2216 Bush River Road: late 2012 (temporary)   8 comments

Posted at 1:28 am in restaurants

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Well, I thought I ought to get these pictures up before they acutally finish the remodeling and have the store open again!

Anyway, this is another Columbia area Burger King being upfitted, and the operation is fairly well along by now. This store is at the the intersection of Bush River Road with I-20, and sits next to Cracker Barrel and not far from Hamrick's. As you can see from the main sign, hiring for the reopening has already commenced.

(Noted by many folks, but I think the initial Hat Tip goes to commenter Homer)

Written by ted on February 8th, 2013

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Raceway, 1204 Bush River Road: Late January 2013 (open again)   8 comments

Posted at 12:36 am in stores

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Not sure what happened here, as the location doesn't seem too bad to me, and it has fairly easy access to the Wal-Mart stoplight, but the Raceway at Bush River Road and I-26 has closed. The only site negative I can see is the separate bathroom building, which I personally don't like because there's often a locking hassle and you end up splitting your time at three locations.

(Hat tips to commenters Tom & Frank)

UPDATE 22 June -- As mentioned in the comments, this place is open again:

Written by ted on February 7th, 2013

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Barnette's Wallcoverings: 1627 Broad River Road: mid-2012   2 comments

Posted at 11:57 pm in stores

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Barnette's Wallcoverings was at the north-east tip of Boozer Shopping Center, and closed some time last year. It's been several months since I first noticed it closed, so it wasn't too near the end of the year, but on the other hand they are in the 2013 phonebook, so it can't have been too near to the start of 2012 either.

It seems to me that 2012 saw a lot of turnover in Boozer, and while they did get some new tenants, I think that there are more vacancies than usual.

UPDATE 8 May 2014 -- It's now Sissy's Furniture:

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Written by ted on January 10th, 2013

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Shoney's, 600 Bush River Road: late December 2012   43 comments

Posted at 1:51 am in restaurants

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As I've said here before, we used to eat at Shoney's all the time when I was growing up, and when they were still affiliated with the Big Boy brand. The Hot Fudge Cake was always a special treat, and there were free comic books for us kids. The chain lost its way sometime in the 80s, dropping Big Boy and trying to branch out into areas they knew nothing about, like running motels..

The Columbia stores gradually started closing, with Beltline, Charleston Highway, Forest Drive and Two Notch all gone by the time I moved back to town.

This location, across from the old Kmart has seemingly been in trouble for years, as they stopped serving dinner and were open only for breakfast and lunch. As the marquee farewell message mentions, the two stores left are the Garners Ferry and Airport Boulevard locations. I haven't been in the Airport store for 20 years or so, but I've been to the Garners Ferry location several times recently, and find it rather neutral -- neither particularly good nor particularly bad. As commenter Andrew has posted, the chain has now hired a turnaround CEO to try and get the brand back on track. I wish them well, and suggest trying to make up with Bob..

UPDATE 18 September 2013 -- As mentioned by commenter Andrew, this place is leased, and is to become a Cook Out>

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(Hat tip to commenter Andrew)

Written by ted on January 10th, 2013

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