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Diamond Lane: 2020   3 comments

Posted at 11:32 pm in closing

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Diamond Lane used to be a moderately popular shopping destination, leading to Sam Solomons, as well as having a number of strip mall businesses facing the road. It also offered convenient back access to the Broad River Road facing businesses.

I noticed recently first that all the Broad River Road businesses' parking lot through-access to Diamond Lane had been cut off by gating. More recently I noticed that access to Diamond Lane itself is blocked from Dutch Square Boulevard. I understand that Word of God Church & Ministries has bought up the old Intersection Center complex, but I'm a bit puzzled, as I thought Diamond Lane was a public road.

Written by ted on May 14th, 2021

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  1. Two words - Sam Solomon, two more words - Service Merchandise

    Homer

    20 May 21 at 4:34 pm

  2. My first retail job was at Service Merchandise from 1982 through 1985. I know it was still around as of 2000 or 2001, but dont remember how much longer after that it closed.

    Db

    20 May 21 at 7:12 pm

  3. Service Merchandise liquidated companywide in the spring of 2002. I remember the liquidation plans were announced sometime in January (so not long after Christmas) that year and I remember the reporter announcing it quoted someone saying that they had lowered their holiday season sales to the point that they put themselves out of business...by the end of March there was something on Service Merchandise's website that all locations had closed and thanking folks for 42 years of patronage..

    This particular spot sat vacant until abound 2010/11 when The Word of God Church & Ministries moved in...WIS did a story interviewing someone from church leadership saying that they felt like (based on the demographics of the area) that they could be effective in their ministry, mainly because of the people.

    Diamond Lane still shows up on the map...my theory is that there were issues with through traffic that were becoming problematic as far as the church is concerned...just like Salem UMC is they put in a traffic signal at Farming Creek road and added an entrance off of SC 6 but then added gates and I guess that's the reason in that case as well...

    Andrew

    21 May 21 at 8:48 am

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