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Kmart, 1600 Charleston Highway: December 2019   11 comments

Posted at 11:10 pm in closing














Well, the story here is the same as for the the Lexington Kmart: It's a Kmart. It's closing.

Unfortunately I didn't have time to go inside, and I was shooting against the sun for the exterior shots, but it looks pretty much as you would expect.

There have been a good number of closures in this general area in the past few years. All of Ryans, Rite Aid, Taco Cid, and Toyota Center come to mind. On the other hand, there is a new plaza around the Walmart at the top of Knox Abbott, so there is some new growth.

(I continue to be confused by the boundries between West Columbia & Cayce. I would have guessed this location to be Cayce, but it seems not.)

(Hat tip to lots of folks)

UPDATE 22 April 2020 -- Commenter Mr. Bill sent in these interiors from the Kmart a while ago, and I managed to misplace them. Here they are now:





Written by ted on October 16th, 2019

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  1. This is the Kmart I remember the best since we lived on that side of town back when it was a new store. I remember the Grocery Store side too I think late 60's? I dont remember what year this one opened now since it's been over 50 years, nor do I remember the lumber yard name that sat there before Kmart was built. Walmart killed a lot of stores, but I think poor management and other things killed the company as time went by.


    16 Oct 19 at 11:39 pm

  2. I am going to miss this store...there were things I needed that Kmart was by best go to for...I hate to see Kmart go but I guess it's no different than some of the folks on here older than I thoat speak of missing different stores of days gone by (as I feel as such about Phar Mor, JB White and Service Merchandise)...


    17 Oct 19 at 9:11 pm

  3. Like Ted I have a hard time distinguishing the lines between West Columbia & Cayce...I feel like there are several shopping centers between this Kmart and the Walmart neighborhood market that I feel like aren't what they once were (but a lot of the details predate me)...but I am happy for the way the Walmart neighborhood market overhauled the intersection as needed to happen...


    20 Oct 19 at 10:28 pm

  4. I live nearby, I'm in Cayce, but if I cross the street, I'm in West Columbia. Ted I tried to send you some pics of the Kmart, and The Ryan's, don't know if you ever got them.

    Mr Bill

    22 Apr 20 at 2:59 pm

  5. D'oh!

    Put them where I couldn't possibly lose them of course..

    Posted. Thanks!


    22 Apr 20 at 9:36 pm

  6. I am going to miss this ol' store. Back in the 70's it had a small grocery store section and a cafeteria style deli. They had a three bay car service center and they did small repairs on cars when you could work on them without laptops. Their sporting goods department sold bowling balls. My mom purchased one for me in the late 70's. Some dude working in sporting goods had a grip measurement guide and then proceeded to drill the finger holes in an outward angle that made it useless to use. Ah the good old days.....

    Douglas Nolan

    22 Jan 21 at 4:56 pm

  7. Is the old Kmart building in Cayce still there? or did they tear it down? Since I don't have a car any more, I don't get around like I used to, and don't know what's still around. Anyone know?


    24 Jan 21 at 4:07 pm

  8. The building is still there and vacant, Db.


    25 Jan 21 at 9:20 pm

  9. Folks I’ve encountered this article leading me to realize that after a run as a Kmart from its opening on October 27, 1966 until its liquidation in December 2019 (according to a blog of former Kmarts I have recently discovered) that this is about to be home to a Uhaul facility (just like the Dentsville Kmart has)…


    28 Oct 21 at 9:03 pm

  10. Andrew

    28 Oct 21 at 9:06 pm

  11. Since I was having issues getting my links from The State to work, I figured I'd share this Coladaily article talking about the plans...


    1 Nov 21 at 8:12 am

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