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Lexington Jewelers, 134 East Main Street: 24 December 2021   no comments

Posted at 10:55 pm in closing

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Here's a closing I just happened to notice during a drive-by the other day, but which happened late last year.

Lexington Jewelers in downtown Lexington closed on Christmas Eve of 2021 due to the retirement of the owner, who had been running the place for almost 40 years. You can read about it in The State or The Post & Courier.

Written by ted on September 30th, 2022

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KJ's Market IGA, 4360 Augusta Road: 17 September 2022   5 comments

Posted at 10:29 pm in closing

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This building first featured here when it closed as a Pig in 2013. In late 2015 it re-opened as a KJ's IGA, lasting about seven years (which is longer than I had thought actually. WHere does the time go?).

I associate the IGA brand with smaller towns, but KJ's has brought several of them to the Columbia market, and as far as I know, the others are doing OK.

Now that two groceries have closed in this space, I would expect the next tenant to be something different.

(Hat tip to commenter Heath).

UPDATE 30 September 2022 -- Signage is down:

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Written by ted on September 21st, 2022

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Main's Best, 2132 Main Street: 15 August 2022   no comments

Posted at 10:56 pm in closing

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This Main Street convenience store was shut down recently by the Columbia Police Department as a public nuisance. According to ColaDaily:

CPD officers have responded to more than 200 calls for service at the location since January 2021. Documented criminal offenses at the store include drug possession and distribution, larceny, loitering, urinating and defecating in public, alcohol violations and litter/trash accumulation.

Commenter Robin also notes this WLTX story to the same effect.

(Hat tip to commenter Robin)

Written by ted on August 29th, 2022

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Kitty's Hallmark, 5580 Sunset Boulevard Suite C: 24 July 2022   1 comment

Posted at 10:52 pm in closing

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So, what's Kitty's Korner without Kitty's? It seems kind of counter-intuitive, but in fact this longtime Lexington Hallmark shop has now left its namesake location.

After the closing of a number of other locations, I believe the Seven Oaks store may be the last one left. Commenter Brian supplied the tip, and this link for the real-estate listing.

(Hat tip to commenter Brian)

Written by ted on August 24th, 2022

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HandPicked, Inc., 150 Harbison Boulevard Suite C: 24 July 2022 (Moving)   no comments

Posted at 11:24 pm in closing

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Judging by their Facebook and web site, HandPicked,Inc. looks to be a fashion, jewelry and Gamecock & Tiger store. Their Harbison location was in the Publix & Target part of Columbiana Station by Tropical Smoothie Cafe, and has now closed, apparently with the hope of opening at another Harbison area location at some point in the future.

In the meantime, they maintain a store in Lexington, and an online presence.

(Hat tip to commenter Ellen)

Studio 221 Interiors, 536 Meeting Street: Late August 2022   1 comment

Posted at 11:55 pm in closing

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This small furniture & decor store opened here in 2021, moving from Chapin to Meeting Street in West Columbia. Unfortunately with the challenging retail, supply chain and rising restock price environment, they will be closing sometime this summer. From their Facebook, it sounds as though it will not be too long from now though no date is given -- I am going to assume late this month for the post title.

The State has some more details.

(Hat tip to commenter Robin)

Written by ted on August 16th, 2022

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Bohemian Home, 2720 Devine Street: 31 August 2022   3 comments

Posted at 11:34 pm in closing

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I wrote about a move for this place back in 2010, but now Bohemian Home on Devine Street is closing after nearly 50 years. WLTX has the story (with an interesting historical twist in the second paragraph), which is basically that with rising rents, current business conditions and the onslaught of big box stores, the owners decided keeping on was untenable.

The current plan is to shut down at the end of August, with an auction possible if there is still remaining inventory.

(Hat tip to commenter Deanna)

Written by ted on August 12th, 2022

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Crazy Cazboys, 5422 Forest Drive: 1 June 2022   12 comments

Posted at 10:41 pm in closing

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I was unaware of this bin based discount operation in East Forest Plaza until commenter Kody mentioned that it was gone. According to The Free Times they closed due to the high cost of fuel as shipping was eating into their small margins. I suspect there may have been more to it than that, but at any rate, they shut down at the start of June.

Interestingly, the same guy who started this chain started the Zoe's Kitchen chain.

(Hat tip to commenter Kody)

UPDATE 26 September 2022 -- Now the conceptually similiar Where Ya Bin:

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Written by ted on July 22nd, 2022

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Furniture & Mattress Overstock, 932 North Lake Drive: Summer 2022   1 comment

Posted at 10:27 pm in closing

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This storefront first featured here as Stein Mart, which closed in 2020. Last fall, it was briefly a Spirit Halloween popup, and then Furniture & Mattress Overstock opened in the spot.

It now appears that they are closing after less than a year at this location.

One curious thing is that Stein Mart was listed as 934 North Lake Drive, while Furniture & Mattress Overstock lists as 932 North Lake Drive. I'm not sure why that is, and which, if either, is actually correct.

Written by ted on July 7th, 2022

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Wild Birds Unlimited, 130 Forum Drive Suite 3: May 2022 (Moved)   3 comments

Posted at 10:50 pm in closing

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I stopped by Lowes Food in Sandhill the other day, and noticed that the Wild Birds Unlimited outlet there has moved from the left side of Lowes to the right side at 110 Forum Drive Suite 12. I'm not sure what the motivation was as both storefronts look to be about the same size. Perhaps there's a more foot traffic closer to the Lowes doors. Anyway, you can see a better picture than any of these (taken against the sun) here.

Written by ted on June 22nd, 2022

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