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All Tune & Lube, 2509 Broad River Road: Early 2000s   3 comments

Posted at 11:46 am in closing







This tuneup garage in between Bike Street and Prowash was at this location for a number of years, but I'm not sure exactly when it closed or moved. My
phonebooks are sparse that far back, so I can say it was definitely here as of the 1997 book, but by the time of the 2005 book, the listed
address was 2517 Broad River Road, which would be on the other side of Bike Street. However, as you can see in the first photo, t
he signage was still up as of 2010.

Also, notice the same sign in the second picture. The Buy Here, Pay Here verbiage sounds like maybe there was a used car lot on
the property at some point in the interim. Perhaps that black SUV is for sale?

UPDATE 14 March 2016 -- As mentioned in the comments and as shown in this (bad) picture, this place has been demolished and Family Dollar is about to open here:


Written by ted on July 16th, 2015

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  1. Date: Fri, 17 Jul 2015 04:17:54 +0000
    Author: Homer

    Just another vacant building on the Broad River Rd. corridor of shame. Maybe someone can open another title loan office there. (like you guys didn't see that one coming)....:^)

    Date: Fri, 17 Jul 2015 04:34:05 +0000
    Author: Andrew

    This is a part of a trio of vacant buildings that I envision being razed and something else built (have contemplated a church) but at the same time perhaps there is something that will emerge that is beyond my ability to understand and envision...

    I know WIS had a report a while back about how local officials were looking to revive this corridor and one of the top priorities was backfilling the vacant bowling alley that is nearby...

    Date: Fri, 17 Jul 2015 06:34:30 +0000
    Author: Homer

    What the heck can you backfill a bowling alley with except another bowling alley? I guess you could gut the building and turn it into som kind of call center like the failed one in the old GEX/Phar-Mor, etc. complex at the I-20 interchange.

    If it were in another part of town, it could be refurbished into an 'up-scale' bowling center like I've seen on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Serving Portobello Burgers with Truffle Fries and such. Nah, that wouldn't fly in Columbia anywhere you put it.

    Just bulldoze the whole area and let the weeds grow.

    Date: Fri, 17 Jul 2015 06:45:03 +0000
    Author: Homer

    On second thought, after reading Andy boy's comment, how about turning the bowling alley into the Church of The Holy Rollers? Sermons and gospel music piped through the sound system, communal wine served in the bar and a pot luck dinner served out of the kitchen every Sunday. All the Section 8 folks would come out in droves!!!!!

    Date: Fri, 17 Jul 2015 20:04:15 +0000
    Author: Andrew

    What would most likely happen is that it would undergo extensive interior demolition and then once that is complete new walls, flooring and a lighting would be constructed (that's what happened when the CHEF'STORE opened up....

    Date: Sat, 1 Aug 2015 08:31:34 +0000
    Author: mike

    Broad River Rd is like St Andrews Rd. they both need a major overall. The city needs to hold the owners accountable for the way the property looks after the business shuts down.

    Date: Sat, 1 Aug 2015 16:42:17 +0000
    Author: Rick

    When I worked at the Burger King by Dutch Square Mall in 1976 that side of town was pretty nice. It's amazing how much things can change in a matter of 30 to 40 years. How the heck did we survive back then?
    No cell phones, no interweb (I know), no cable TV, no GPS,
    no e-gigs (PV's), no backup cameras for our cars, but... We did have monkeys at Cromer's Peanuts and we could go to the Circus and see elephants as well as the Chrysler New Yorker and Cordoba with Corinthian leather. You know, skin made into leather from the Corinthian. Some kind of animal.

    Date: Sat, 1 Aug 2015 16:43:42 +0000
    Author: Rick

    Well... I saw them in the parking lot at the circus.

    Date: Sat, 1 Aug 2015 16:44:30 +0000
    Author: Rick

    The Chryslers.

    Date: Sun, 2 Aug 2015 08:11:33 +0000
    Author: Homer

    @Rick and all - I think we all turned out pretty dang well, growing up in the 70's. Personally, I believe it was the best decade to grow up in.

    We had malls to cruise, putt-putt and video arcades to enjoy (and pick up girls) and waste our hard earned allowances or paltry salaries in. The biggest thing is that we got out an mingled with other people! We didn't have cyber-worlds and avatars to hide within and behind.

    We had radio stations that ran the gamut from country to rock to R&B. You could hear the likes of Black Sabbath, George Jones and Earth, Wind & Fire back to back on the same station. None of this niche/genre crap we have today.

    When a new album/cassette/8-track of our favorite artist was coming out, we would flock to the record store to grab the first copy we could. None of the instantaneous availability like it is now.

    We anticipated watching an episode of our favorite TV show knowing that, if we missed it, chances are we may never see it again. Plus, we only had the handful of local stations to draw from unless you had a really big antenna that could pull in Augusta. Now, to paraphrase Springsteen, "5700 channels and nothing on".

    When we went on a trip, we used a map to determine a route. Yes, a map, that thing that once unfolded would never go back together or fit back in the glove compartment. No GPS here!!

    And, in what other decade could you go to a retail establishment and watch monkeys play, fornicate and fling their poop at each other all while enjoying an Icee with some of the best popcorn and boiled peanuts in town!!!!!!!

    Let's take the kids today and drop them off in the 70's just to see how long they would survive. Not too long in my book.

    Cheers to the 70's , the best damned decade of all!!!!

    Date: Mon, 3 Aug 2015 13:36:00 +0000
    Author: Andrew

    I'm too young to remember the 70s or 80s but I'm already old enough to have things I'm nostalgic for.

    I enjoy smartphones for the purpose they serve for me now but I'm kinda glad I got through HS before they came along. I do however relate to thoughts the late Andy Rooney had along the lines of "they come out with a new one before how I know how to work the old one."

    I delivered in a former job and couldn't have imagined doing it without a Garmin GPS system.

    In this post-9/11 world we can't make it into the boarding area at an airport without a boarding pass and I miss being able to do that.

    Microsoft no longer supports Windows XP and that is the operating system I've liked best of the ones they've had.

    I wish we could return to the days where radio & TV stations were locally owned...not this business of local news stations being owned by some company in a different state...

    I've followed the airline industry for years and feel like aircraft are looking more and more alike...I also hate having fewer airlines around...

    Despite all of this, I'm happy that smoking indoors is prohibited in most places as the smell is disgusting.

    Date: Wed, 5 Aug 2015 23:25:58 +0000
    Author: Rick

    @Homer- What a great post. You have hit on all of the jamming things from the 1970's. It will take me a moment to try and out do you, But, I will, just give me a night of Jose.

    Date: Thu, 6 Aug 2015 06:33:53 +0000
    Author: Homer

    The comment Andrew made about not being able to get into the boarding area of an airport without a pass made my laugh. When I was a kid (in the 60's) you could damn near get on the tarmac to watch the planes take off and land. My Dad used to take me to the airport once in a while and as far as I can remember there was only a chain link fence between you and the taxiways.

    Then when we got older we would park along Platt Springs Rd. and lay on he hoods of our cars and wait for the planes to fly in, just feet above you, for landings. It was pretty cool, especially if you had a few beers and some wacky weed in you...:^)

    Date: Thu, 6 Aug 2015 19:21:53 +0000
    Author: Andrew

    CLT and RDU both have observation parks at their respective airports and I wish more airports would establish something like that....CAE is fortunate to have a cell phone lot to give you a good view of aircraft taking off and landing on the primary runway that has enabled me to see a variety of folks at said airport

    Date: Sun, 30 Aug 2015 17:05:01 +0000
    Author: Andrew

    Ok folks this building (which was home to Performance Automotive) has been demolished...I'm hoping the former car wash next door will follow suit soon...

    Date: Mon, 31 Aug 2015 04:39:53 +0000
    Author: Homer

    One building down, 5000 to go.....

    Date: Mon, 31 Aug 2015 22:29:50 +0000
    Author: Rick

    This would have been a good building to have a car stereo shop in. If the location was good I would have considered it.

    All the way up to 9-11, when one could walk out to the gates without having to go thru security, I would take dates to the Columbia Metro and we'd watch planes take off and land, Wait... I mean before I got married in the 70's. Dang..

    Date: Thu, 15 Oct 2015 01:17:39 +0000
    Author: Andrew

    Folks I've noticed that concrete has been poured that looks to be the foundation for something (but no walls yet so no word yet as to what it is to become but something is under construction...


    17 Jul 15 at 4:17 am

  2. My current feeling is that this is likely to be a Family Dollar (or some type of dollar store but as construction progresses I'll advise as I can figure further details out)...more than likely it's going to be a dollar store of some sort (currently the shell of the building is under construction)...though it could just as easily be Fred's, Dollar Tree or Dollar General...


    17 Nov 15 at 7:58 pm

  3. Folks Family Dollar signage has been installed on this new building...I'm happy that it meant the demolition of this building and the car wash building...even when Performance Automotive was here I wanted the car wash building razed and now can think of 4 other buildings along Broad River between St. Andrews & I-20 that I'd like to see go...


    20 Feb 16 at 5:28 pm

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