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New Rate Title Loans, 3827 Broad River Road: April 2014 (moving)   no comments

Posted at 11:51 pm in Uncategorized

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I think they have not quite moved yet, but New Rate Title Loans on Broad River Road near SLED is selling their building and getting ready to go.

Written by ted on April 8th, 2014

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Advance America Cash Advance, 4732-B Devine Street: 23 November 2013   3 comments

Posted at 1:13 am in business

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This is the third, and last, suite in the building at 4732 Devine to feature here. You have to wonder, given that every tenant has either closed or moved, if this building is to be torn down or if some new tenant wants the whole building.

Written by ted on December 19th, 2013

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Carolina Title Loans, 6026 Saint Andrews Road: early 2013   2 comments

Posted at 11:35 pm in Uncategorized

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Well, that didn't last long. I posted a closing for Carolina MoneySaver at this site back on 6 January 2012, and since then the followup operation, Carolina Title Loans has already moved in and then either folded or moved on.

I still kind of like the checker-board floor, which is unchanged from the MoneySaver days.

The pix are all, unfortunately, from yet another of our recent oversupply of grey days.

Written by ted on May 12th, 2013

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All American Title Loans, Inc., 7304-A Two Notch Road: late 2000s   1 comment

Posted at 3:30 am in business

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Well, it's back today to the trailer strip-mall on Two Notch across from the K-Mart.

I'm pretty sure this trailer was a number of things over the years, but the one sure hit I'm currently pulling up is for All American Title Loans, Inc..

According to these public notices from 2005 it was definitely still in business then, and I think it lasted a number of years after that, but I'm away from my old phonebooks right now, so I'll just put the closing date as "late 2000s".

Written by ted on November 2nd, 2012

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Carolina Title Loans, 2116 Broad River Road: Summer 2012 (moved)   1 comment

Posted at 10:39 pm in business

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As I mentioned a week or so ago in an update to the Intersection Center Pizza Hut post, that building at 1929 Broad River Road has been taken over by Carolina Title Loans (last picture above). This is the building they moved from.

It was obviously a gas station at one time, though I don't remember of what brand, and sits at the corner of Broad River Road and Garner Lane (which is also the Eastbound on-ramp for I-20). I would say the Pizza Hut location definitely has easier access than this lot, which is difficult to get to if you are heading towards Dutch Square on Broad River Road.

Written by ted on September 26th, 2012

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Express Check Advance, 4701 Devine Street: 31 August 2012   2 comments

Posted at 12:40 am in business

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I'm sure that Express Check Advance was not the first business in this little store next to Subway at the corner of Devine and Crowson Streets -- to me it has a bit of the look of a dry cleaner.

Written by ted on September 21st, 2012

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Cash Kwik, 2000 Clemson Road Suite 12: late 2000s   no comments

Posted at 1:52 am in business

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I assume Cash Kwik was one of the areas many payday loan operations, though the sign doesn't really say anything specific. They tend to come and go fairly quickly, probably because there's a lot of competition, and they make loans to people who aren't very credit-worthy -- get the interest rate wrong by a few points and there goes your margin..

There are still a couple of this chain in town, but I am unable to find this particular one in any phonebook I have at home, so I'm just giving "late 2000s" for the closing date. Certainly it's been gone long enough to have its placard removed from the roadside marquee for Magnolia Pointe.

Magnolia Pointe is the Pig-anchored plaza at the South-East corner of Clemson Road and Hardscrabble Road. It has a few other vacancies, but still looks better than The Crossings with is just across Hardscrabble.

Written by ted on July 20th, 2012

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Carolina Payday Loans, 4421 Devine Street: Early 2012   no comments

Posted at 12:25 am in business

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Here's another payday loan operation. This one was almost at the corner of Beltline and Devine, next to the Maurice's location. I don't know exactly when it closed, but since it is still listed in this year's phonebook (February 2012), I am going to say early this year.

As a special added bonus, simply because I like the sign, here is a shot of one of their neighbors:

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Written by ted on June 14th, 2012

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First American Cash Advance, 7386 Two Notch Road Suite A: Early 2012   no comments

Posted at 12:08 am in business

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Today's closing takes us back to Garden Place Plaza in Dentsville, to the storefront just east of PC Corner.

First American Cash Advance (or First American Ca$h Advance as the signs have it) was one of Columbia's many payday cash advance operations which feature here pretty frequently. Also a pretty regular feture here is the store marquee, turned around so the store name is not legible, but retained so as to not leave holes (which are both unsightly and let in the weather) in the sign fixtures.

Here is the plaza marquee:

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And here is the vacant First American space, photoshopped to turn it rightside up again and enhance it a bit:

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Here's the same thing done to the storefront sign:

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The address of this place is a bit hard to understand. The adjacent PC Corner spot is 7384 Two Notch. I can see how this slot is 7386, but the "Suite A" doesn't seem to make sense.

Written by ted on May 23rd, 2012

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Fast Cash Payday Advance, 4464 Devine Street: 2010   11 comments

Posted at 12:46 am in business

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Here's yet another Payday loan storefront that is no longer with us. This one is in the Bi-Lo/Staples plaza at the confluence of Devine, Cross Hill and Fort Jackson Boulevard. (Curiously, this strip mall does not seem to have a name, or at least not one on its marquee.)

Not that this closing leaves the place without a loan operation -- this is where Capitol Loan Office moved to from Main Street. And also note that if you lease this space, you apparently get a free MoneyGram neon sign, which is kind of nifty.

Written by ted on May 14th, 2012

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