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Regional Finance Loans, 6729 Two Notch Road Suite 120: 2020   no comments

Posted at 11:06 pm in closing

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I believe I first noticed this storefront adjacent to Very's when it was National-something-or-other, but I don't see anything about that in google. As of the start of March 2020, Regional was in the spot. As 2020 was a bad year for people being able to finance things, I'm guessing the knock-on from Covid took them out, but I don't know for sure. At any rate the slot is now open and available.

Written by ted on September 20th, 2021

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Pearle Vision Center / North American Title Loans, 1309 Charleston Highway: 2020   5 comments

Posted at 10:57 pm in closing

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Plainly this was some sort of fast food operation before it was a title loan place, but I can't quite identify it from the characteristics of the building. At any rate, North American was there in the last phonebook I have, Feb 2017, and I can't recall seeing the real estate sign out front before, so I'm just going to call the date here as 2020.

UPDATE 20 March 2021: Seems I was wrong about it being fast food -- adding Pearle Vision Center to the post title based on the comments.

Written by ted on February 25th, 2021

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Auto Money Title Loans, 700 Crowson Road (4701 Devine Street): 4 October 2015   no comments

Posted at 10:46 pm in closing

Many of these pictures were originally part of my Great Flood of 2015 entry Devine / Crowson / Fort Jackson Boulevard. I have decided to break the Auto Money Title Loans building (and later the Subway) out as separate posts to make them easier to find in the future as these two building, along, and even moreso, with the TitleMax building have become somewhat iconic images of the flood. The old posts will remain, and some photos are duplicated.

Anyway, both of these buildings sat on the bank of Gills Creek and in the 1000 Year Flood were filled with water up to the roofs. In addition the creek bank under the backs of the buildings was undermined to the point that with everything, the buildings were total losses.

21 October 2015:

Here we see the buildings a couple of weeks after the flood, when I got back to town from the beach and the roads were open enough for me to go picture taking.

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19 June 2018:

Here both buildings have been fenced off, but have not yet been torn down as the FEMA process was still ongoing.

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13 March 2019:

Here the Subway has been taken down, and the Title Loans building is next up.

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18 March 2019:

Here are some driveby photos of the Title Loans building coming down.

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28 March 2019:

Here is the current vacant state of the lot. The Free Times says:

"After extensive information gathering and a lengthy application process to FEMA, the city received Hazard Mitigation Grant Program assistance from FEMA to purchase afflicted homes and the former Title Loan property," a police department release said. "In purchasing the properties with federal grant funds, the city is required to demolish the structures in accordance with FEMA’s conditions, and return the land to green space in perpetuity."

That link also has a good picture of the pre-demolition state of the back side of both buildings.

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UPDATE 21 June 2019 -- Here's a picture I took for some reason in 2013 showing the place in operation:

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Springleaf Financial Services, 7546 Garners Ferry Road Suite 500-E: 2018   no comments

Posted at 12:12 am in closing

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This storefront in Garners Ferry Crossing was once Springleaf Financial Services, as you can see in the first picture (especially if you click through to the large version). At some point recently, Springleaf was acquired by One Main Financial, at which point it seems they consolidated offices leaving a vacancy here. (Actually there are two adjacent vacancies at this time; I'll do the other one at some point).

One Main Financial, 4711 Forest Drive Bay 19: Spring 2018 (moved)   1 comment

Posted at 10:26 pm in closing

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I'm forgetting what this place used to be called, but it has only been One Main for a few years. At one point, they apparently had my P.O. Box, and I still get important looking mail for them 15 years later..

They left the Forest Park shopping center (if it indeed is still called that) a month or so ago, and have moved into the old VK Nails location across from Richland Mall.

Carolina Title Loans, 2737 Sunset Boulevard: 2 October 2017   no comments

Posted at 11:05 pm in closing

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This title loan operation was the follow-on to Bojangles at this address. Judging by the comments on that post, Carolina Title Loans opened here in January 2014, giving them a 3+ year run.

I don't have a phonebook with me to verify this, but I believe the Knox Abbott address tagged as the new location was in fact already a Carolina location, making this more a consolidation than a move.

(Hat tip to commenter Andrew)

Written by ted on January 4th, 2018

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Smart Choice Title Loans, 1221 Broad River Road: February 2017   5 comments

Posted at 11:52 pm in closing

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Here is the second Smart Choice location to feature here. This is an interesting little strip building of Broad River just downhill from the Bush River Road intersection. For some reason, this storefront seems to have a logo which the one on Two Notch did not.

I looked briefly for the Augusta Road location, but could not find it in the few minutes I was in the area.

(Hat tip to commenter Bart Laber, address from commenter Andrew)

Written by ted on May 23rd, 2017

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Smart Choice Title Loans, 7716 Two Notch Road: February 2017   6 comments

Posted at 12:01 am in closing

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Commenter Bart Laber reports that this whole company is gone as of February, and indeed their website is now just a "parked" page, though the old page can still be found on the Wayback Machine. Judging from that, it appears to have been an SC company as the initials would imply.

The address given on the door sign is the old Shoney's etc building in Dentsville.

(Hat tip to commenter Bart Laber)

Written by ted on May 3rd, 2017

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Treasures / His House / Quick Cash, 1327 Broad River Road: 2010s   6 comments

Posted at 12:41 am in closing

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Noticed this defunct, rocket logo themed, title loan operation on Broad River Road the other week. I can't find out anything about it in my recent phonebooks, but google suggests it was Quick Cash. Before that it was apparently two different thrift stores, Treasures and a His House location.

Written by ted on April 1st, 2017

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Absolute Title Loans, 1410 Sunset Boulevard: 2012   14 comments

Posted at 11:19 pm in closing

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I was wondering what business this nice little old house next Triangle Lock & Safe on Sunset was. Looking at the pictures I took, I couldn't even get a street number (for some reason I didn't get out for a closer look at the time), but google maps came through and identified it as 1410 Sunset and the former site of yet another of the Midlands title loans operations. They listed in the Feb 2012 phonebook, but not the Feb 2013 one, so I am tagging the closing date as 2012.

Written by ted on March 1st, 2017

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