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Polish Distribution LLC, 6903 Saint Andrews Road: 2013   1 comment

Posted at 12:31 am in business

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There are only a few words in English that change meaning (and pronuciation) when capitalized, and Polish Distribution is vague enough and capitalized enough that either meaning could apply here, so the little nail polish bottle in logo is a nice disambiguation touch.

Written by ted on June 4th, 2013

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Food Lion #112, 543 Saint Andrews Road: 19 May 2013   68 comments

Posted at 11:52 pm in stores

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Well, this is hardly news now, but I was finally able to get by the Saint Andrews Road Food Lion near the dollar movies and get some outside pictures, though I did not have time to go in. I believe this store dates back into the LFPISC era, if not all the way to the Food Town era.

With this closing, I think the two closest alternatives are both Bi-Lo.

(Hat tips to commenters Joe H. & Nick L).

UPDATE 20 May 2013 -- Well, that's it. When I was in the store on 19 May, they announced they would be closings in 15 min at 6:00PM and "We will not be re-opening tomorrow":

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UPDATE 23 February 2014 -- The KJ's IGA is about ready to open:

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UPDATE 6 March 2014 -- Open as promised:

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Written by ted on May 16th, 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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E Z Bingo, 655 Saint Andrews Road: 2012   6 comments

Posted at 1:25 am in business,entertainment

Written by ted on May 7th, 2013

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Lowcountry Cafe / Yesterday's / Thai Lotus, 612 Saint Andrews Road: April 2013   11 comments

Posted at 12:41 am in restaurants

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Somehow I've never gotten around to trying Thai food, though I think I might like it. Thai Lotus on at the top of the hill on Saint Andrews Road is no longer an option for that though. The online reviews look mixed, but the place lasted for a good while. In fact, if you look through the foyer window, you can see *two* payphones, which tells you something about the vintage. Most places ripped them out a good while ago, leaving either odd little alcoves near the bathrooms or bereft cables on the wall..

I quite like the picnic terrace on the left side of the building. It has a nice tree growing up through it, and overlooks the activity farther down the hill.

(Hat tip to commenter Nobody.)

UPDATE 22 April 2013: Added Lowcountry Cafe and Yesterday's to the post title based on the comments and the 1985 phonebook (Yesterday's).

Written by ted on April 22nd, 2013

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Kmart #7410, 6169 Saint Andrews Road: 19 May 2013   37 comments

Posted at 10:11 pm in stores

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Well, I finally got by the Saint Andrews Road Kmart, and it looks like whenever the final date is, it is definitely not long for the world.

I don't really understand why Kmart does store closings like this. Kmart a chain. It's not a chain that's in great shape, but there *are* other stores. It seems to me that it would make more sense to have a couple of trucks come in and take stuff either to the warehouse or directly to other stores, especially the small stuff like the jewelry department. Just looking at it cold-bloodedly, that would have to be cheaper than continuing to pay salaries and utilities for an extended closing period..

(Hat tip to lots of people)

UPDATE 20 May 2013 -- Well, Sunday 19 May was the last day of retail operation -- they will be open next week to sell the store fixtures only. I got some $0.19 Jazz CDs and a George Thoroughgood concert DVD for $0.29..

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Written by ted on April 17th, 2013

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Luce Cucina Italiana, 6164 Saint Andrews Road: 11 April 2013   14 comments

Posted at 1:07 am in restaurants

Written by ted on April 15th, 2013

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Mattress Source, 107 Harbison Boulevard: 11 December 2012 (buyout)   7 comments

Posted at 12:16 am in stores

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As detailed here, on 11 December 2012, Mattress Firm bought out Mattress Source and all the Mattress Source stores were closed temporarily for re-branding.

I missed the buyout news, not being in the mattress market currently, but noticed the new banner over the old marquee when I was driving down Harbison recently. Since I don't have a dog in the fight, I'll say that I like the name Mattress Firm better than Mattress Source as it works (presumably intentionally) as a play on words.

I'll also say that while I have no opinion yea or nay on their mattresses, I continue to admire the Tempurpedic logo.

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You wouldn't think that you could get away with plastering a shapely undraped female derriere all over your marquee and front yard, but they do. Granted they have toned down the, um, cleavage from a few years ago:

Written by ted on March 14th, 2013

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El Toro Mexican Grill, 806 Saint Andrews Road: Thanksgiving 2012   6 comments

Posted at 12:48 am in restaurants

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This spot on Saint Andrews Road just east of the I-26 interchange has been much restauranted over the years as you can see here, here, here and here.

In general my theory is that it's too hard to get back to I-26 from this spot, or indeed to do anything requiring coming out of the parking lot and going westbound on Saint Andrews Road. In this case though, there may have been other factors in play as sadly a security guard was shot and killed here on 25 August 2012 as detailed in this State story. While it appears the culprits were caught, that incident certainly has to have given people pause. And while it appears to have been related to a late-night switchover to night-club operation, still I would have hesitated to go myself after that even during the day. I certainly would not have taken any kids.

At any rate, the place seems to have kept on until Thanksgiving at which time they closed down, and did not re-open as planned. Curiously letters are already peeling from the roadside sign, and missing from the rooftop marquee.

UPDATE 27 Jan 2013: Added the bouncy-castle picture of the Grand Opening.

Written by ted on January 5th, 2013

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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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