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The Hut, 3106 Broad River Road Suite J: late 2000s   no comments

Posted at 1:39 am in stores

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This small urban wear shop was in a little strip mall on Broad River Road more or less across from Widewater Square. I can't find it in my phonebooks, so I'll just put the closing date at "late 2000s".

Written by ted on December 17th, 2012

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All Season Exotics, 6539 Two Notch Road: November 2012   7 comments

Posted at 12:57 am in stores

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(click-through rated PG-13..)

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Written by ted on December 5th, 2012

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Exotica International, 5495 Sunset Boulevard Suite A: December 2012 (ownership)   3 comments

Posted at 11:46 pm in stores

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Driving back from Moe's in Lexington recently, I noticed that Exotica International in the strip mall at the corner of Sunset & Mallard Lakes Drive, is having a retirement sale. Well, retiring someplace sunny sounds like a good plan this time of year. I'm not sure when the final closing will be, but I would expect them to plan for Black Friday and the shopping season, so am going to guess December though of course they may sell out earlier.

UPDATE 13 March 2013: Articles in The State mention that the owners, Governor Haley's parents, have retired. The store remains open presumably under new ownership.

UPDATE -- But they could be wrong:

Written by ted on November 15th, 2012

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The Thrifty Closet, 1314 Leesburg Road Suite P: Late 2000s   no comments

Posted at 12:49 am in stores

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I was unable to find this little thrift store (a few spaces to the left of the package store) listed in any of my at-home phonebooks, but I'm guessing it closed 2009-ish.

Written by ted on November 15th, 2012

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Hamrick's, 300 Outlet Pointe Boulevard: July 2012 (moved)   5 comments

Posted at 12:44 am in stores

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We've talked about this move in various places here over the past few months, but clothing store Hamrick's has finally made the move from the now totally defunct (for retail) MarketPointe Centre into the old Circuit City building across I-20 at 1950 Bush River Road.

As you can see, construction has already started at the old location to refit it for the expansion of the existing SCDOR offices at MarketPointe.

Written by ted on August 20th, 2012

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Dress Barn, 10136 Two Notch Road: June 2012   4 comments

Posted at 1:05 am in stores

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Here's another closing in Sparkleberry Square. I can't say much about Dress Barn other than they sell women's clothes, and I always thought it was an iffy name ("that dress makes you look like the broad side of a barn"). Interestingly (or not), Sparkleberry Square has now flanked Kroger with clothing closings, men's to the right of Kroger and women's to the left.
(Hat tip to commenter Andrew)

Written by ted on June 29th, 2012

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Fashion's Unlimited, 422 Bush River Road: 2012 (moved)   6 comments

Posted at 2:13 am in stores

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Fashion's Unlimited was the follow-on operation in this building to S & K Menswear. I had noticed it several times driving through the area, but had never managed to get pictures to update the S & K post until quite recently.

When I posted them, commenter Andrew mentioned that he thought Fashion's Unlimited was already itself gone despite the prominent "Now Open" banner, so next time I was in the area, I stopped to make a closer check.

According to the door sign, it turns out that Fashion's Unlimited has moved into Dutch Square and that this building is now on the market again. Given the length of time that the old Sounds Familiar storefront has stayed vacant, I don't expect any quick turnaround.

(Hat tip to commenter Andrew)

Written by ted on June 28th, 2012

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M Boutique, 2820 Devine Street: May 2012 (moving)   1 comment

Posted at 12:02 am in stores

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M Boutique on Devine Street has closed its doors in preparation for a move to the new Whole Foods complex.

Of course that shopping center isn't anywhere near ready to occupy:

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so the new location isn't scheduled to open until October, meaning that there will be no revenue coming in for 4+ months -- it seems very odd timing.

(Hat tip to commenter Mary Douglass)

Written by ted on May 30th, 2012

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Dazzles Pageant & Prom Attire, 2500 North Beltline Boulevard: Spring 2012 (moved)   6 comments

Posted at 12:01 am in stores

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I'm afraid I'm well past prom age, so I wasn't really aware of this little formal-wear shop in the plaza which houses
the Forest Acres location of D's Wings until I saw the storefront empty the other night.

Dazzles is listed in this year's (February 2012) phonebook, so the closing seems to be fairly recent. I wonder if the economy is cutting into prom spending -- it certainly has affected everything else.

UPDATE 21 May 2012: Commenter Larry notes that Dazzles has moved to Boozer Shopping Center, so I have added "moved" to the post title.

UPDATE 2 June 2012 -- Here is their new Boozer Shopping Center location:

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Written by ted on May 21st, 2012

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Hi-Lites Ladies' Clothing, 915 State Street: March 2012   5 comments

Posted at 12:04 am in stores

Hi-Lites Ladies'Clothing ("Name Brands At Outlet Prices") seems to mainly follow a small town strategy. Apart from this Cayce store, the chain's locator page lists the other Carolinas' locations as

Albemarle, Atlantic Beach, Clinton (NC), Laurinburg, Lincolnton, Monroe, Mount Olive, Newton, Sanford, Shelby, Whiteville, Bennettsville, Dillon and Lancaster

It's interesting that by putting their "Columbia" store in Cayce, they got a somewhat similar area, but inside a fairly major Metro. Of course, apparently it didn't work out for them.

Parkland Plaza had been on a bit of an upswing lately, with the Ace Hardware re-opening, and the Dollar Discount being replaced, but this closing and that of Dollar General (which I will probably get to soon) along with the continuing vacancy at the old Parkland Pharmacy/CVS site put the place back almost to square one.

(Hat tip to commenter tonkatoy)

UPDATE 4 April 2012 -- I went back when I could stop and got some better pictures:

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Written by ted on March 19th, 2012

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