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Winn-Dixie, 2768 Decker Boulevard (Corner of Decker & Trenholm Ext): 24 August 2005   32 comments

Posted at 10:54 am in closing

This Winn-Dixie was located in a hard-luck strip mall on the "troubled" Decker Boulevard corridor. Prior to the store's locating there, the physical plant of the building it went into had really been in bad shape since the long-ago departure of its predecessor (whose name I can't recall right now). Winn-Dixie put a lot of work into the building, and it looked like the mall would come to life again as it attracted a few new businesses, including Columbia stalwart, The Book Exchange.

What my family found really notable about the store's opening was the blast of publicity they paid for: They mailed everyone in the area a custom produced 10 minute VHS casette to promote the store and all its features. That must have cost them a pretty penny (now I suppose they would just mail a postcard with their web-site address, though I suppose since that would be less notable, people would be less likely to actually follow it up..).

Out of curiosity, my sister & I watched the tape which had been sent to my father. I know the impression I got from the tape was that the store was very upscale with an extensive deli department. I was surprised when I actually dropped by the store to find that it was very average. There was absolutely nothing wrong with it, and I wouldn't hesitate to stop if I were in the area and remembered I needed something, but it was definitely less upscale than other non-FoodLion stores in the general area (Publix for instance).

Still, I think it did well enough, and was a solid tenant for the struggling plaza. Unfortunately, the whole Winn-Dixie chain got in big trouble in 2004 and completely exited North & Suth Carolina, leading to the store's closure, and the plaza started going downhill again. The Book Exchange in fact moved back to almost the same spot on Two Notch that it had moved from to begin with. Lately things have stablized a bit with the Comedy House moving (after a hiatus) from its Saint Andrews Road location into half of the Winn-Dixie, and a bingo operation subsuming the other half as well as the Book Exchange spot and several other spots
on the other side. At this point only the huge sign behind the old store remains to say that Winn-Dixie was once there. (Though that itself is a bit unusual: Chains that are still operating usually take care to remove their branding from failed locations).

UPDATE 11 March 2011: Updated closing date to 24 August 2005 based on here.

UPDATE 28 August 2018 -- There is now a plasma center in the left part of the old store that was Bingo. (The Comedy House is still in the main portion):




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  1. it was a Harris-Teeter in the 70s before HT left the Columbia area, returned, and left again.


    12 Jun 08 at 2:19 pm

  2. Ah the thrill-a-minute world of retail grocering (if that's a word)!


    12 Jun 08 at 3:40 pm

  3. I remember there being a Lionel Playworld there when I was a kid. It closed down right after Christmas shortly after the Toys R Us opened.


    13 Jun 08 at 2:29 pm

  4. yep remember Harris Teeter then Playworld and finally winn dixie.

    Mr Bill

    26 Jun 08 at 4:38 pm

  5. I remember in Columbia there would be Food Lion, Bilo, Winn Dixie,Piggly Wiggly, Harris Teeter, Kroger Giant Foods? ( I think it was called Giant something), I ever remember the old A@P near Dutch Square. And now we have around 7 Publix'. Seems like one day all we will have is Publix.


    20 Jul 08 at 4:23 pm

  6. The Giant Foods was down Decker toward 77 (prior to 77 being there). Before this Winn Dixie was built the entire shopping center was revamped. It used to be a big L shape and my mom worked at a salon in the corner. There was also a store in there that sold Cabbage Patch kids but I can't remember the name. There was a McDonald's in front of the center kind of where Longhorn's is located. There was also a bank. Can't recall the other stores.


    26 Aug 08 at 4:41 pm

  7. The store that is an outbuilding started as a "mailbox" service store, the first I had seen.

    There was also a video equipment store on the side up against the train tracks.


    26 Aug 08 at 4:48 pm

  8. There was also a Tandy Leather craft store. I always thought it was totally bizarre that the same comapny sold leather pelts for camp crafts AND developed the some of the first portable computers.


    26 Aug 08 at 6:24 pm

  9. Giant Food World was originally Red & White. There were several R & W in Cola at one time, inculding one on Two Notch near its original intersection with Decker


    27 Aug 08 at 12:16 pm

  10. Man Winn-Dixie had the best cakes. Every year my mom use to get my birthday cake from here. Man I'm mad they closed cause Wal-Mart cakes don't taste the same.


    24 Dec 08 at 12:11 pm

  11. I think the last bday cake I tasted was from Publix, and it was pretty good...


    24 Dec 08 at 12:15 pm

  12. Tucked in the corner of this shopping center (88-90ish) was a Middle Eastern restaurant called "Tajie's." The owner would later open a a Subway, I think. What was interesting to me was that inside, there was a (recent) map of a section of the Middle East labeled "Palestine," where most maps would indicate Israel and Jordan.


    13 Jan 09 at 4:57 pm

  13. Wait Tandy leather and Tandy computers are the same people?

    Oh and I'm pretty sure it was Giant Food World then Red&White and then something else I think it was called Super Saver. They had the same thing at Midland's shopping center.

    Mr Bill

    14 Jan 09 at 11:42 am

  14. Mr Bill -- more about Tandy:


    14 Jan 09 at 12:17 pm

  15. The Winn-Dixie sign is still there... am I the only one that finds it funny?


    27 Mar 09 at 1:10 am

  16. Usually a chain that is still operating likes to take all its branding off closed stores. All I can think of is they were in a hurry and it was too expensive to take down!


    27 Mar 09 at 1:16 am

  17. I hear rumour that the Carolina Gold Bingo, which has only been open since June of 2008, is on its way out. The other bingo hall (Carolina Bingo) in that same shopping center, as well as Comedy House, are owned by the same people.


    9 Oct 09 at 9:33 pm

  18. This resulted as a part of Winn Dixie's 2005 bankruptcy and pullout of the Carolinas. Read below:

    Special to The State
    Winn-Dixie's recent closing on Decker Boulevard poses the latest challenge for business and community leaders here, who are hoping a revitalization grant will spruce up the area and attract new business.

    The grocery store, closed several weeks ago as part of a national downsizing, was the latest departure in recent years among some of Decker's largest retailers. Most of the spaces - including those formerly occupied by Olive Garden, Target and Kroger - are...

    Published on 2005-09-29, Page 1, State, The (Columbia, SC)


    11 Mar 11 at 11:08 pm

  19. This narrows it down to Wed 24 Aug 2005..


    11 Mar 11 at 11:37 pm

  20. My Mom used to work at Red & White on Decker Blvd. It then changed to Giant Food World. She worked in the meat Department. That was a time when Decker was thriving at the Percival end.


    25 Jun 11 at 2:35 pm

  21. ted

    20 Dec 11 at 1:27 am

  22. It doesn't appear this way, but I wish it meant that Bi-Lo would become Winn Dixie


    20 Dec 11 at 1:52 am

  23. There is a very coy story in The State today (28 Feb 2014) about the relocation of the Greyhound station from Gervais street.

    The coy part is that the writer obviously knows the location of the proposed new site (which was rejected) on Decker Boulevard, but refuses to say where it was, instead dropping hints.

    To me, this building (or rather the right-hand part, as shown in the second picture) is the only one that really fits the article. The only other that seems at all possible is the the old bank across the street which I can well believe has a mold problem, but is obviously way too small and would have terrible bus access.

    Anyone else have another candidate? I don't believe Fashion Place would have been in the running.


    28 Feb 14 at 11:49 pm

  24. I think the bank building needs to be razed. Regardless of what it becomes, it seems too far gone to be revitalized.

    Fashion Place seems to have a bit too much going on to make it work. As I noted on the Fred's page, Badcock Furniture is taking over that spot

    The only other possibility is the area where Olive Garden and Red Lobster once were. Either that or move into Decker Mall.

    Columbia/Richland County have dubbed Decker Bolevard as Columbia's 'international corridor' but folks that have seen business move out to the area in the vicinity of Spring Valley HS (Village at Sandhill, Northpointe Commons, Sparkelberry Square) from Decker know it isn't as strong as it once was...I remember mentioning to a friend of mine who lived out that way several years ago that I felt everything had moved out of Decker and his response was "except the gangs."


    1 Mar 14 at 12:19 am

  25. I think the Olive Garden/Red Lobster Parcel would be the best location. There's plenty of room if you combine the properties.

    Wasn't Decker Mall purchased by the county to move some regional offices in the building?

    The entire Decker/Two Notch/Parklane area reminds me of the Bush River/Broad River area. How about "suburban blight"?


    2 Mar 14 at 3:04 am

  26. I meant to add this. Why would the bus station want to relocate this far away from the city center? I'm not sure who rides buses these days but it makes sense to me to keep it somewhat close to the city.

    Does anyone know what's going on with the old Greyhound station on Sumter St.??


    2 Mar 14 at 3:08 am

  27. @Homer--I believe the Sumter St. station's current state is that it had been renovated into a doctor's office.


    2 Mar 14 at 7:18 am

  28. Winn-Dixie is trying a corporate deal to come back to Columbia, rumor has it.


    12 May 16 at 11:24 am

  29. Also, if you want to see previous places at that strip place, just use historical view on Google Maps, and you can see the Winn-Dixie sign as you go up the road where the current Comedy House sign. Also, I totally forgot Burlington started there.


    12 May 16 at 12:32 pm

  30. Hehe. Another sign thing.
    Sign was still up as of 2013- faded, of course, but visible from Dent Middle School.


    8 Sep 19 at 9:10 am

  31. When did the Winn Dixie in Red Bank close? I know it's now a magistrates office, which is sort of ironic given that it was the scene of a mystery that is still around with How Brandon Vinson was abducted from it in 1995.

    Chris Duke

    18 Jan 20 at 7:11 pm

  32. Hey Chris Duke: My wife and I started dating Dec 2000, and she lived out that way. It was closed then, and that spot sat empty a long time - I'm going to say about 10 years. Now the Piggly Wiggly that was across 6 is closed. I find both of these closings strange as this area continues to grow like crazy.


    29 Jan 20 at 1:10 pm

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