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ARCO / SCE&G Flora Street Fleet Maintenance, 122 Assembly Street: 1980s   17 comments

Posted at 10:55 pm in Uncategorized















Actually, I am not 100% sure that the street address here is 122. 120 would also make sense. I'm also not 100% sure this was an ARCO station, but page 5 of this City annexation request makes me pretty sure that it was.

This Wikipedia article suggests that Southern ARCO stations were first rebranded as Atlantic Petroleum and then in 1988 as Sunoco, so this station may have been one of those before closing (though again, the PDF is indiciative).

UPDATE 2 May 2014 -- As pointed out by commenter badger, Google Streetview shows this place in operation as the SCE&G Flora Street Fleet Maintenance station, so I have added that to the post title.

Written by ted on April 28th, 2014

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  1. Hey.. I need my building painted.
    What color?
    Well, white would be good.


    29 Apr 14 at 7:19 am

  2. Ted, if you look at this on Google Street View, it was an SCE&G natural gas station when the image was taken. So, something was there as of a few years ago.


    29 Apr 14 at 12:51 pm

  3. badger, I think I remember seeing SCE&G somewhere in that a5rea as you mentioned.

    I believe they kept their telephone poles and transformers there if not mistaken.


    29 Apr 14 at 1:43 pm

  4. I was not familiar with ARCO so I had to check.
    Atlantic Richfield Oil Co.
    Formed by a merger of Sinclair Oil (Which I am familiar) the station with the dinosaur, and Atlantic Refining Co. based out of California.

    It became a subsidiary of BP petroleum in 2000.
    ARCO is headquartered in La Palma, California and has 1300 stations mostly located on the west coast. The closest one to Columbia SC, if you want to buy their gas, is in Arizona.

    I wonder if they sell air fresheners.


    29 Apr 14 at 4:34 pm

  5. The poles and transformers were actually across Flora Street in the lot beside the abandoned mill building.


    29 Apr 14 at 4:47 pm

  6. You can see the lot looking past the covering in the first pic, and you can see the old mill building at the right edge in the upper part of the second.


    29 Apr 14 at 4:49 pm

  7. At one time the mill building housed (I believe) SCE&G's maintenance management. Their data center was across the street in a small brick building.


    29 Apr 14 at 7:00 pm

  8. Yeah, I knew some people who worked in that mill building when SCE&G occupied it. The used it for a few different departments over the years.


    29 Apr 14 at 9:07 pm

  9. Hey guys - all the mentioning of SCE&G, is this anywhere near where the SCE&G bus repair shop was located?


    1 May 14 at 12:07 am

  10. This is on Assembly St. just north of the baseball park so "No".


    1 May 14 at 5:23 am

  11. Homer, The SCE&G bus repair shop was almost at the other end of Assembly Street, about across from where the old Richland County Sheriffs Department use to be.


    1 May 14 at 4:48 pm

  12. Tha bus shop was on Huger St.--at the corner of Hampton and Huger.


    1 May 14 at 5:20 pm

  13. Just in case no one has looked at the Google Street view, this was an SCE&G Natural Gas station for SCE*G's fleet vehicles, not something open to the public.


    1 May 14 at 8:45 pm

  14. Good catch -- I've added that to the post title.


    1 May 14 at 11:59 pm

  15. Speaking of SCE&G's old data center across from the Mill Building mentioned above, I drove by *there last night, and it is. . . completely gone! Replaced by an SCE&G Customer Service Office. You can still see the old building on Google Street Maps at 1207 Flora, though.

    *There's a dirt road that cuts around the Mill Building and runs into Rosewood that you can take if there's a train blocking Assembly, which there was last night as I was driving in that area.


    9 May 14 at 8:48 am

  16. Badger is partially correct. This was the location where First SCE&G and the CMRTA buses that ran on natural gas were refueled. They did sell CNG fuel to the public for anyone who had a CNG vehicle and continued as an unmanned dispensing station in that role after CMRTA coverted their bus fleet to diesel about 5 years ago. Roughly 3 years ago the compressor used to compress the natural gas went out and SCE&G couldn't justify spending about $30,000 on another compressor to only sell to the 70 civilian CNG vehicles that are registered in South Carolina.


    15 May 14 at 10:40 pm

  17. The bus maintenance garage was located at the north end of Assembly adjacent to the museum where the large empty tract is now. SCE&G was contractually obligated with its operations from the beginning and was a HUGE money pit till the end as the fares could not carry it. My Father-in-law, Tommy Epting, oversaw it for years.


    26 May 18 at 11:55 pm

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