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Hess / Speedway, 271 Harbison Boulevard: January 2024   2 comments

Posted at 9:46 pm in closing

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As far as I can tell this former Harbison Hess store is notable only for having a $300,000 lottery winner in 2021. I am pretty sure I never stopped there, and couldn't even remember where the place was the first time I went out to get some pictures. I know a number of local Speedway stores have closed recently, but if I had to guess, I would say in this case there was a specific plan for the property rather than the company having issues, or at least that's my assumption as the property is already fenced with demolition having started, I would not expect this spot to stay vacant for long.

(Hat tip to commenter Gypsie)

Written by ted on February 13th, 2024

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Panera Bread, 1007 Bower Parkway: January 2024 (Moving)   12 comments

Posted at 8:11 pm in closing

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The Harbison Panera Bread has closed in advance of its move to the 2nd & Charles plaza. The new location notably has a drive-through which the Bower Parkway one did not.

Here is (an oldish) State story on the move.

My experience is that this location, along with Garners Ferry & Percival has not been stellar. I find Killian to be the best run of the local stores.

Written by ted on February 5th, 2024

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Yamato, 360 Columbiana Drive: Early January 2024   no comments

Posted at 10:55 pm in closing

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The State says that Yamato was established here in Columbia in 1975 and moved into this building sometime during or after 2000. From what I have been able to tell, the original location was 736 Saint Andrews Road in St. Andrews Shopping Center.

There doesn't seem to be a reason for the closing given either by the restaurant, or by The State, but folks in the comments have speculated on SC ongoing restaurant liability insurance problems. I will note that the opening of Miyabi some years back just a block or so away on the same street can't have helped.

(Hat tip to a commenter Andrew [not the usual one])

Written by ted on January 26th, 2024

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Urban Air, 1120/1130 Bower Parkway: Never Opened   no comments

Posted at 10:38 pm in closing

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Urban Air was to open a trampoline & "adventure" park in the old H.H. Gregg & Steinmart spaces in Columbiana Station on Bower Parkway sometime in the Winter of 2019/2020. You can see the announcement on the company site here and the coresponding story in The State here.

Well, these things always run a bit behind, and as it turned out, early 2020 was possibly the worst time since the Depression to open such a venture, and it never happened, although they were still trying as late as 2021.

There is still a Facebook page for the proposed attraction, but looking inside the two storefronts, either nothing has happened (which seems unlikely), or all the infrastructure has been ripped out. In the meantime, Altitude has opened on Garners Ferry, and Stars & Stripes on Lake Murray Boulevard, so I don't hold out much hope for anything happening here.

(Hat tip to commenter Lone Wolf)

UPDATE 31 August 2023: Found two pictures with the branding on the storefront and added them in positions 1 & 2.

Tuesday Morning, 264 Harbison Boulevard: February 2023   no comments

Posted at 8:04 pm in closing

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Tuesday Morning had a bad time during the Covid crisis and entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy in May of 2020. After coming out, they continued to do poorly and refiled on 14 February 2023. As of today (2 March 2023), their bid to get refinancing from Invictus has failed and they are in talks with Gordon Brothers Group, and I take it from the linked article, are still planning to come out of Chapter 11, although Gordon Brothers have "liquidators" in the description given of them.

At any rate, they are closing around half of all their stores, and this one is part of that group. The closing sale has started, so get there soon.

UPDATE 15 June 2023 -- Gone:

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(Hat tip to commenter Todd Miller)

Gap, 100 Columbiana Circle Suite 1230: 24 January 2023   4 comments

Posted at 10:58 pm in closing

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The Gap location in Columbiana Centre closed this week, leaving the brand with no locations in the Midlands.

Here is The State on the story, and The Post & Courier weighs in here. In particular, the P&C story mentions the mall shooting, about which I had already forgotten, which took place in the corridor outside the store -- I don't know if that were a factor in the closing as the chain has plenty of problems overall, but it can't have helped.

(Hat tip to commenter Lone Wolf)

Written by ted on January 26th, 2023

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Krab Hut, 280 Harbison Boulevard: Late August 2022   1 comment

Posted at 11:54 pm in closing

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I ate in this building a number of times when it was Chili's, but not since then. Krab Hut was part of the wave of crab-themed restaurants that has washed over Columbia during the past few years, leaving us, I suspect, a bit over-crabbed. (In fact, the Harbison Ryan's also became a crab eatery). Judging by the Google reviews, I think this place closed at the end of August, and is already setting up to be a Korean hot-pot & barbecue restaurant: Kpot.

(Hat tip to commenter Heath)

Written by ted on September 22nd, 2022

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Del Taco, 145 Harbison Boulevard: August 2022   5 comments

Posted at 10:39 pm in closing

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I've never been to a Del Taco, and had it in my mind that I would try this one someday. In the event, as happens all too often, I did not get around to it before it closed. The place has already been completely gutted, and is in the process of setting up to be a Taco Bell (which I will almost certainly not be visiting). The building was actually fairly new, with Del Taco being a completely new build after the Clear View Car Wash building was razed in 2014.

I see from Wikipedia, that Jack In The Box bought Del Taco, finalizing in March of this year. My guess is that closing this location probably has something to do with JITB's strategy for the chain.

(Hat tip to commenter Heath)

UPDATE 26 January 2023 -- Taco Bell is now open in this spot:

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Written by ted on September 20th, 2022

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Willie Sue's, 380 Columbiana Drive: 18 September 2022   2 comments

Posted at 8:21 pm in closing

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Sumter based Willie Sue's was the follow-on in this building to breastaurant The Tilted Kilt, which was the follow-on to Huller's Black Forest, which was the follow-on to Sticky Fingers, which was, I believe, the first tenant.

These pictures were taken on the closing day, 18 September 2022, and I have to say they went out with a bang, as the parking lot was quite active.

Their Facebook announcement simply cites "circumstances beyond our control", and the story at The State doesn't really give any more information.

(Hat tip to commenter Ellen)

Written by ted on September 19th, 2022

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HandPicked, Inc., 150 Harbison Boulevard Suite C: 24 July 2022 (Moving)   no comments

Posted at 11:24 pm in closing

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Judging by their Facebook and web site, HandPicked,Inc. looks to be a fashion, jewelry and Gamecock & Tiger store. Their Harbison location was in the Publix & Target part of Columbiana Station by Tropical Smoothie Cafe, and has now closed, apparently with the hope of opening at another Harbison area location at some point in the future.

In the meantime, they maintain a store in Lexington, and an online presence.

(Hat tip to commenter Ellen)

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