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Big Star Grocery / Remington College, 607 Bush River Road: Late 2020   6 comments

Posted at 11:26 pm in closing





I believe this building was built for the office supply chain OfficeMax, or at least that's what was in the storefront when I first became aware of it. Remington College moved in sometime around 2009, when the first picture above was taken.

I noticed about a week ago that the signage at the road and on the building had come down, but I'm unable to find any thing in the local media about it. The Facebook page for this location has entries up through Thanksgiving 2020, but no note about closing the campus. The main website for the school doesn't mention Columbia as a campus, though Wikipedia still does.

UPDATE 28 January 2021: Add Big Star to the post title based on the comments.

Written by ted on January 26th, 2021

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6 Responses to 'Big Star Grocery / Remington College, 607 Bush River Road: Late 2020'

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  1. In the last several years the many of these 'for-profit colleges' have gone under.

    Case in point:

    ITT Technical Institute folded in 2016 (they had a campus on Fernadina Road near Bush River & I-26)

    Virginia College went under in 2018 (had a campus in front of the former Toys R Us in front of Columbia Place Mall).

    Regency Beauty Institute closed up in 2017 (they had a spot at Harbison Court where Shoe Carnival is now).

    And Remington College appears to be the latest shoe to fall in this arena (though of the examples I mentioned this is the only one that has featured here)...


    27 Jan 21 at 8:34 am

  2. I stand corrected. Remington is NOT for-profit like the other colleges I listed above (after checking their homepage that is linked in the main post) it appears as if Columbia's campus has been affected while some of the others haven't been...but each of the others have gone under as I noted and Virginia College actually occupied the former Toys R Us in front of Columbia Place Mall (just to clear up any confusion).


    27 Jan 21 at 3:28 pm

  3. It may have been built as a Big Star. That’s what it was in the 70’s. We would go there when we shopped at K Mart next door.


    28 Jan 21 at 8:00 am

  4. That makes sense Big Star was often co-located with Kmart.


    28 Jan 21 at 10:54 pm

  5. I don't remember this being a Big Star. I thought the closest Big Star was On Broad River Road, corner of St. Andrews. That's where we used to shop in the 70s/early 80s. I know this building used to be OW or Office Warehouse, but I don't remember if that was what it was built as.


    11 Mar 21 at 1:34 pm

  6. It was an office max/ office depot when it was first built. Back when Kmart was where the church is


    8 Sep 22 at 8:52 pm

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