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Ping Pong Plaza, Richland Mall: Winter 2013 (Open again!)   6 comments

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After a bit of a kerfuffle with Richland County, the Palmetto Table Tennis Club ended up opening a ping pong plaza at Richland Mall, just behind the old TGI Friday's and in-between the elevator column and the entrance of the old Blacklion.

It seemed a nice use for an empty space, and there were perhaps half a dozen or more ping pong tables there at one time. When I went through in early December however, the plaza was completely bereft of tables (though all the posters and signage were still there).

UPDATE 19 December 2013: Well, I don't know what was going on, but the tables are back!

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  1. If and when Belks and Barnes and Nobles calls it quits there, that mall might as well just shut down.


    17 Dec 13 at 11:42 am

  2. If what Tom mentions comes to fruition, I would envision Richland Mall being razed in favor of something along the lines of Sparkelberry Square (with a new/improved Kroger) and perhaps a few other merchants that have a Northeast and/or Harbison area location but don't have a Forest Acres/Rosewood/Garners Ferry location (for some reason, Kohl's is what springs to mind but a large part of it depends on what the customer base at Sparkelberry Square is like (I understand that once it gets to about 2M that they decide to open a new location nearby)).


    17 Dec 13 at 12:46 pm

  3. I still say tear it all down except for the old White's building and rebuild the Mall how it used to be. It did better than THIS one does. That Parking Garage takes up too much space, and it doesn't look like the most stable of structures either. With the original Richland Mall, this saying comes to mind: "If it aint broke, don't fix it", but somehow people in this city think they can improve on things that once were, and it usually turns out to be anything but "improved".


    17 Dec 13 at 6:30 pm

  4. Remember, though, CK, the old Richland Mall wasn't doing all that grand towards the end. I remember going to Happy Bookseller before they moved and thinking, "Holy carp, this is a ghost town."

    I do think the old format would work well today, since it was basically two strip malls facing one another with an anchor at the end. It would be cool to see it rebuild with a mid century modern vibe like it once had.


    18 Dec 13 at 7:34 am

  5. I think it would be very "retro" for sure and would be a new thing that most people don't remember from 50+ years ago when it first opened. Was it 1961 or 1962 it opened? I'm a tad too young even at 55 to remember when it was brand new..


    18 Dec 13 at 7:39 pm

  6. Along with the ping-pong plaza being back, I should probably mention that the children's theater charity giftwrap is back too -- I gave up trying to wrap years ago.


    20 Dec 13 at 1:10 am

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