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Top China Buffet, 1215 Saint Andrews Road Suite 3: Summer 2020   no comments

Posted at 10:41 pm in closing

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I don't know much about this place, and the pictures were all kind of against the sun and not so great, but Top China Buffet at the top of Saint Andrews Road is closed.

As near as I can tell from the google reviews, this happened sometime in the August 2020 timeframe, so past the start of the pandemic, though that certainly cannot have helped things, especially with a buffet.

As I took these pictures, there were indications that some sort of upfit was ongoing, but I didn't see any indication of what it is to be.

(Hat tip to commenter Mr. Bill)

Written by ted on May 18th, 2021

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D's Wings, 920 Axtel Drive: 15 May 2021 (Moving)   3 comments

Posted at 10:48 pm in closing

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Over the years I have eaten more often at the, vanished, franchaised, D's Wings locations than the flagship store in Parkland Plaza. I guess the last time I ate here was probably in 2018 or 2019 -- and it was fine, as usual.

This move, to 415 Meeting Street, has long been in the works, since they found out their lease would not be renewed. This still strikes me as odd, as Parkland Plaza is not exactly overbrimming with stable tenants.

Here is a story from The State about the move, and here is one from ColaDaily.

You can see the new building in the last two pictures, and there is clearly yet some work to be done there in advance of the posited 1 June opening. I have to say I agree with commenter Lone Wolf that parking will be an issue here.

Written by ted on May 17th, 2021

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Diamond Lane: 2020   no comments

Posted at 11:32 pm in closing

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Diamond Lane used to be a moderately popular shopping destination, leading to Sam Solomons, as well as having a number of strip mall businesses facing the road. It also offered convenient back access to the Broad River Road facing businesses.

I noticed recently first that all the Broad River Road businesses' parking lot through-access to Diamond Lane had been cut off by gating. More recently I noticed that access to Diamond Lane itself is blocked from Dutch Square Boulevard. I understand that Word of God Church & Ministries has bought up the old Intersection Center complex, but I'm a bit puzzled, as I thought Diamond Lane was a public road.

Written by ted on May 14th, 2021

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Lita's Treats, 421 Bush River Road: Spring 2021 (Moving)   2 comments

Posted at 11:30 pm in closing

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According to commenter Mr. Hat, Lita's Treats dessert bakery, in what's left of the food court at Dutch Square is moving to 800 Lake Murray Boulevard. This is the old Piggly Wiggly shopping center, now home to Stars & Strikes. Interestingly (or not) there was previously a cupcake bakery in that complex.

(Hat tip to commenter Mr. Hat)

Written by ted on May 13th, 2021

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Tootsies Childern's Shoes, 4517 Forest Drive: Spring 2021   no comments

Posted at 10:33 pm in closing

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It looks like Tootsies on Forest Drive will be closing soon, as they are currently running a 30% off retirement sale. It might be a good time to pick up some summer shoes before the beach..

Written by ted on May 12th, 2021

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Ristorante Divino, 803 Gervais Street: Summer 2020 (Moved, Renamed)   1 comment

Posted at 10:24 pm in closing

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Ristorante Divino left their location at 803 Gervais Street in mid-2020, to move next door to the Dupre Building at 807 Gervais street (which you can see fully in the last shot). As part of that move, the owners rebranded the restaurant as Di Vino Rosso. WLTX has the here.

It was certainly an audacious time to move a restaurant, but it seems to have worked out.

Written by ted on May 11th, 2021

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Pelican's Snoballs, 4510 Augusta Road: Spring 2021 (Moved)   no comments

Posted at 11:51 pm in closing

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Pelican's was the follow-on in this building to a number of operations, including San Jose and Tomlinson's Used Furniture. They opened here in in 2016, but have now moved downtown to 442 Meeting Street.

In the meantime, this building seems to have been split into two units, with the righthand side now occupied by a financial services company.

Written by ted on May 10th, 2021

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Black Bean Co., 701 Gervais Street: January 2018   no comments

Posted at 11:48 pm in closing

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Here's another place that came and went without my being aware of it at all.

According to The State, Black Bean Co. was a charleston based mini-chain which

specialize[d] in healthier versions of sandwiches and salads and bowls.

They were bought out by another Charleston chain gogogreens, which rebranded the Charleston store and closed the Columbia location. For some reason after three years, they don't seem to have either sold the location or done anything with it.

Written by ted on May 7th, 2021

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Food Lion, 3975 Platt Springs Road: April 2020 (Moved)   no comments

Posted at 10:32 pm in closing

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Here's another consequence of the Bi-Lo/Food Lion deal: The Food Lion on Platt Springs road has vacated its original location and has moved into the old Bi-Lo site on Emanuel Church Road. As of yet, there is nothing in the building.

UPDATE 10 May 2021 -- Here is the relocated store in its new location at 2916 Emanuel Church Road:

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Blossom Buffet, 2515 Sunset Boulevard: 2020 (Never Opened)   no comments

Posted at 10:39 pm in closing

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I have written about this spot twice. Once when it was no longer a Quincy's and again when it was no longer a Maurice's BBQ.

After Maurice moved out, the original building was razed, and a new building was run up. It was to be a Blossom Buffet, and clearly looks stylistically similar to the Jasmine Buffet on Two Notch.

However COVID happened, and that fell through (that's my guess, anyway) and now the new, mostly finished, building is for sale.

Written by ted on May 5th, 2021

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