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Norton Car Stereo, 3326 Two Notch Road: October 2020   8 comments

Posted at 11:23 pm in closing






I thought about going to Norton a few times, but they weren't open on Saturday, and Best Buy was, so that was the deciding factor there. I was a bit surprised to notice that there was a closing sign on the door (which I thought I took a picture of) saying they were shutting down temporarily due to COVID-19, but when I did a google search, I found that the building went on the market in October.

As far as I know the Broad River Road location is still open.

UPDATE 22 March 2021 -- Here are the pictures of the door sign I mentioned:



Written by ted on March 19th, 2021

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8 Responses to 'Norton Car Stereo, 3326 Two Notch Road: October 2020'

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  1. In the 80’s this place used to be busy.
    Their was a room where they sold used home equipment.
    Bought some Bose 301’s and a marantz receiver that I used for a long time.


    20 Mar 21 at 9:41 am

  2. I bought my Technics 1200's and mixer there in 1989. Classmate's family owned the place.


    20 Mar 21 at 12:38 pm

  3. There is one in West Columbia that seems to be open.


    20 Mar 21 at 4:49 pm

  4. Man, that's a shame. They've been around forever. I went in there a couple years ago to get a big inline fuse holder. They didn't seem to have any home stereo stuff anymore, just auto.

    Dan R

    26 Mar 21 at 6:58 am

  5. Always used the store on Broad River for most of my car stereo stuff. They’d even test an amp for $10 if you bought one used in the Carolina Trader. Back then, your vehicle came stock with four speakers, and decks were pretty common sized, and you HAD to have aftermarket with an amp and replace the speakers if you wanted decent sound. Nowadays, you have touch screen, eight speakers, USB inputs, and subs built in, and that’s not even counting Pandora and XM.


    26 Mar 21 at 12:50 pm

  6. Notice how the building resembles a fortress: that because the place was continuously getting broken into. I heard Old Man Norton might have spent a night or two there with a shotgun by his side. Fort Norton on Two Notch. Sad to see it go.


    4 May 21 at 8:59 pm

  7. Staple Car Audio store just like Roger's stereo. Mr. Norton has built a legacy and strong foundation for his business. From Columbia to Florence to Myrtle Beach he has done it. Even with their own line of Sub woofers/Amps (ZSTAT) they have been cranking them out. I have been shopping with them since the late 80s to purchase wires, subs and BASS TAPES LOL
    Ms. Jessica at this location is such a nice and wonderful person. Always a joy to greet her even if I did not buy anything. They were the staple of Car audio in the midlands if you ask me.
    Shouts out to Yergin, Ms. Jessica, Mr. Norton, Scott, John, etc...


    27 Aug 21 at 11:07 pm

  8. Man this is something I never thought I would see! I bought my first
    aftermarket two-shaft radio from there for my f-100. Then I bought two m and m 10's and a Sherwood amp. A guy named Raymond put it all in. I shopped at the Two Notch store until Broad River got going. I had moved up the Zues and from there into Orion. Eric Powell put my stuff in at first then I think he got his own shop. The owner on Two Notch, Jimmy, was real cool and laid back. Always spoke to me, and even tried to knock something off the big systems I got. Larry, the owner on Broad River, played NO GAMES! He was strictly business. Lol. I remember Eric, Kent, Troy, Trent, Dalton, and little Nicky. I mean all those those guys sold or installed systems that I liked, and they all sounded pretty good. Ultimate audio had them JL audios and I'm sorry nothing was hitting like those were at that time. I wasn't sure about the
    amps from Ultimate cause I had always dealt with Nortons and their products. While talking to Nick about it he said that he agreed with me about the JL subwoofers, as far as them sounding the best. That at that moment there was nothing that could touch them. He said if I went to Ultimate and bought the subs he knew exactly what box to build for them, and I could just use the Orion 225s on subs. Or a punch 200 on each one. Either way he was the only one excited about it if I got my woofers from someone else. I was so impressed I left him with a deposit on the the only thing he said would beat the JLs, the square Kicker L7s. They were a month from arriving, but I knew that they were going to do what he said because he didn't deny the JLs sounded better than anything they had at the time. And was excited to do the whole thing! Man, I am glad I waited, cause when he got done with it, it was by far the loudest thing I have ever had. Craziest thing is when I got out of prison, I still had it and was trying to get it put in for my son. I had been out of his life for 10 years and was trying to build a relationship with him. Well I didn't know a 2015 suburban would be much different than a 2000 suburban. I was WRONG! I had run into Nick at McDonald's, and recognized him and told him I was going to come see him when I could afford it. He told me that he wasn't there anymore, but we talked for a minute, and I told him what I wanted to do, and he said that he would come see what I had left later that day at the house. So I had been telling my son that I was going to do it for him but everyone wanted like 400 just for wires and labor. Well not only did he come look at it so my son would know that I was actually "working" on it, he wiped my old wires down, and had it put in and playing in 30 minutes. I made a comment about his family wouldn't have done it for nothing, he said maybe not install an amplifier for someone, because that's their business. But to help a father keep his promise to his son, and then to have been able to meet your son and see how important it was to him, like to really see it for what it is...anyone of my family would have done it! He meant that when he said it. They all must be pretty good people, cause they were in business and grew for many years, something you can't do if you don't do good business. Lot's of great memories from this place, and Broad River...hate to see them gone. And I think that building didn't always look like that. I saw somebody said that they make their own speakers now? I don't know if that is true, but I am curious. Wonder if they are as loud as the L7 they sold me, lol...


    27 Apr 22 at 11:47 am

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