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Goodyear Auto Service, 4520 Saint Andrews Road: December 2023   no comments

Posted at 12:06 am in closing

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I have always had good experiences with Goodyear service centers, though I never went to this one, on Saint Andrews Road between Piney Grove Road and the industrial plant. Their sign says they are moving to 141 Harbison, but as commenter Andrew points out, that is an existing location, so it is more like a consolidation. Given the ongoing shortage of service technicians, hopefully everybody was able to stay on. There are a number of other garages in the area, so it remains to be seen what will happen at this building in the future.

(Hat tip to commenter Gypsie)

Written by ted on February 16th, 2024

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NTB Tire & Service Centers, 7422 Garners Ferry Road: Late 2023   1 comment

Posted at 10:00 pm in closing

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I don't believe I've ever been to a National Tire & Battery, though I see they spun off from Sears in 2003, so I guess you could say I did business with them in a roundabout way through that Diehard connection.

As far as I can tell from the Google reviews, this location closed around three months ago, so I'm calling it late 2003. It seems like a pretty decent location, so I would not be surprised to see another repair operation set up shop here.

(Hat tip to commenter badger)

Written by ted on January 30th, 2024

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Capitol Hyundai / Stivers Hyundai (Moved): 101 Newland Road: 2023   no comments

Posted at 10:43 pm in closing

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I noticed while I was driving Clemson Road to I-20 recently that the front building on this long-time auto lot appeared to be vacant. The back building, with the huge flag which has flown for many years is still there, and appears to be Jim Hudson Chevrolet.

As nearly as I can determine the vacant building was first Capitol Hyundai and then Stivers Hyundai. It appears that Capitol closed sometime before 2020 (though their Facebook is still up) and Stivers took over the franchaise after that. Apparently they recently built a site on Farrow Road and have moved out there.

Written by ted on September 12th, 2023

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Hill's Transmissions, 2221 Lake Murray Boulevard: 2021   2 comments

Posted at 11:33 pm in closing

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I saw a real-estate sign driving by here in mid-2021, but as there were cars down there, I wasn't sure the place was actually closed. When I ran across the pictures again today, a google search confirmed that Hill's is gone, probably sometime in 2021.

The LoopNet page has a better picture than these.

I'm not sure why the sign says "Transmission" when all the online sources say "Transmissions", but I went with the plural.

Written by ted on August 31st, 2023

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Ricky's Tire & Auto Center, 1534 Sunset Boulevard: July 2023   2 comments

Posted at 11:23 pm in closing

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I don't know much about Ricky's Tire & Auto, but they seem to been a well regarded shop and closed last month after struggling with first COVID and then the economy for a while.

Commenter Andrew sends this ColaDaily link which has much more information, including a video report.

(Hat tip to commenter Brandon Brown)

Written by ted on August 11th, 2023

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A+ Car Rentals, 9219 Two Notch Road: Spring 2023 (Moved)   no comments

Posted at 10:57 pm in closing

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This was the follow-on operation in this building to SCU State Credit Union, and was here about two years, I think.

I believe their door sign says they have moved, but I was not able to get out to take a look at it as another car unexpectedly came around the building going the wrong direction, and I had to move out of the way.

Written by ted on June 14th, 2023

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A1A Insurance, 7234 Garners Ferry Road: 2023 (Rebranded/Moved)   no comments

Posted at 10:02 pm in closing

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I've wondered about this place over they years, and a couple of times actually had the impression that it was closed, and stopped to get some pictures. That appears not to have been the case until recently. It's an odd, boxy building with opaque glass windows,and I don't think I would have cared to work there, unless you can see out better than you can see in. The place is now being demolished, and commenter Larry says a 7 Brew Coffee is to be built there.

(Hat tip to commenter Larry)

As far as I can tell, A1A has rebranded, or was bought-by/merged-with Covenant Insurance Group, and is now at 7356 Garners Ferry.

Written by ted on June 13th, 2023

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USAuto Sales, 6826 Two Notch Road: 17 April 2022   no comments

Posted at 10:58 pm in closing

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I did a closing recently for American Car Center, and it seems that another subprime used car dealer down the street closed not too long after they did. WLTX has the story about the Columbia location closing here, and about the chain as a whole here.

The closing was supposed to be temporary, but we are closing in on a month of downtime now when what was promised was two days, so who knows the current state of things? There billboard, which is still active, certainly puts on a show of normal activity, but their website https://www.usautosales.info/about-us now redirects to a site which is strictly about loan payments.

I'm trying to bring to mind what this building was before. It looks like it has always been a dealership, but I'm drawing a blank on the history. Nice color scheme though.

Written by ted on May 15th, 2023

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American Car Center, 6409 Two Notch Road: February 2023   4 comments

Posted at 10:26 pm in closing

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This WLTX article (which is actually mostly about another used car dealer closing) mentions in passing that American Car Center closed in February. The story also calls it a subprime auto dealership, a term I am unfamiliar with, but which doesn't sound like something you would care to be called.

The property is fairly attractive. It's elevated with a nice view, and the buildings still seem to be in good shape. Assuming the economy picks up some, I expect another dealer will move in soon.

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Written by ted on May 2nd, 2023

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Tires & Beyond, 2420 Broad River Road: Late 2022 (Temporary?)   no comments

Posted at 11:29 pm in closing

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This place, abuting the former National Pride Car Wash, was the follow-on operation in this spot to Buy & Save Tire Center. They opened in early 2017, and judging by Google reviews, probably closed around the end of last year. The messaging on the building is that they intend to renovate and re-open. I certainly hope that happens. I am wondering if the construction on the former Car Wash lot is a new building for them -- it looks rather small for that purpose:

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Written by ted on March 23rd, 2023

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