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CVS, 2571 Forest Drive: 25 May 2021   9 comments

Posted at 10:45 pm in closing

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I'm sure I must have been in this CVS at one time or another, but I can't recall it if so.

The Post & Courier says:

CVS apparently is looking to trim its network of locations, so it is letting go of the location as its lease expires despite the strong commuter traffic that moves along the corridor daily, Mills said.

In the event, the closure was finalized on 25 May.

I will say that the drive-through here was a bit awkward.

(Hat tip to commenter Larry)

Written by ted on June 21st, 2021

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Landy's Pharmacy, 110 Clemson Road Suite A: Early 2021 (Moving)   no comments

Posted at 10:12 pm in closing

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While I was getting hot doughnuts on Clemson Road, I noticed that Landy's Pharmacy in the Krispy Kreme plaza is building a new home on Sparkleberry Lane ajacent to Sparkleberry Crossing.

The lot with the new building used to have a stand-alone ATM with a horseshoe drive-through lane, but that was many years ago. Both the current location and this one are a bit odd as they are quite close to a CVS, but I think this site will have a little better access (and, of course, is bigger).

Written by ted on November 10th, 2020

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Eckerd Drugs / Rite Aid / Walgreens, 5900 North Main Street: 11 June 2020   5 comments

Posted at 10:51 pm in closing

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This Walgreen's was originally an Eckerd's and then a Rite Aid, as you can see from the design of the building. It sits on an oddly shapped lot at the intersection of North Main & Colonial, and was the only drug store in the general vicinity.

Here is a story from The State about the closing, and how the neighborhood was very unhappy about it. Here's more from WLTX

(Hat tip to commenter Andrew)

Long's Drugs, 9019 Garners Ferry Road Suite C: 24 March 2020   1 comment

Posted at 10:48 pm in closing

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Here's another Long's Drugs, this one in Hopkins not far from Lower Richland High School.

The story is the same for all Long's locations: The chain decided to exit the retail pharmacy business.

I had not realized there was a branch of Richland Library in this strip. I believe it must be the smallest location in the county.

Long's Drugs, 630 Kilbourne Road: 24 March 2020   no comments

Posted at 12:28 am in closing

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Long's Drugs folded their retail operation on 24 March 2020. In retrospect, it was probably good timing as their stores were not larg mini-department stores like Walgreens & CVS, and purely medical business has been hurt by the current crisis with many doctor's appointments being cancelled. The company itself remains in business, serving institutional clients. WLTX has the story here.

This particular location is at the corner of Kilbourne Road & Devine Street, adjacent to the Piggly Wiggly. It has good traffic light access, but is too small to become a convenience store, so I'm not sure what is next for the property. Looking inside, it appears that Long's has not completely finished vacating yet, and I didn't notice any real estate sign on the property.

I shoped at this store once, when I was living out of town and needed a prescription filled after visiting a local doc-in-a-box for something or other. I recall being struck by how odd it was to be in a drug store that was almost wholly dedicated to being a drug store. An era is passing.

(Hat tip to commenter Beth)

Written by ted on May 12th, 2020

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Rite Aid, 2300 Decker Boulevard: 2018   10 comments

Posted at 11:33 pm in closing

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We'll stay with Decker Village for another closing. The store at the far right end of the plaza started as an Eckerd, transitioned into a Rite Aid and is now a Walgreen's.

This is the least Walgreen's looking Walgreen's in Columbia, and is the only one I can think of off the top of my head that is not a standalone building. To be fair, it wasn't a very Rite Aid looking Rite Aid either.

Written by ted on June 3rd, 2019

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Rite Aid, 4730 Forest Drive: January 2019   1 comment

Posted at 10:59 pm in closing

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After running as a Rite Aid with a Walgreens pharmacy counter for almost a year, this store on the deep corner of Forest Drive & Trenholm Road has finally made the switch to being an official Walgreens location. I'm a bit surprised that it took so long, and also that they slated it in the first place, as it is not that far from the Walgreens on the corner of Forest Drive & Beltline.

(Hat tip to commenter Andrew)

Written by ted on January 30th, 2019

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Rite Aid, 1215 Longreen Parkway: July 2018   2 comments

Posted at 10:57 pm in closing

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Another day, another Rite Aid. This one was on Longreen Parkway at Clemson Road. You can see it with all the branding in place at thie LoopNet listing.

I could be wrong, but at this point I believe the only Rite Aid still in operation as such is the Forest Acres one.

(Hat tip to commenter Bobby)

Written by ted on August 6th, 2018

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Rite Aid, 1618 Charleston Highway: July 2018   4 comments

Posted at 10:59 pm in closing

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Well this one, across from Piggy Park and where Airport Boulevard intersects the Charleston Highway, was pretty much inevitable, but the closeout has now officially started.

(Hat tip to commenter Zach)

Written by ted on July 16th, 2018

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Rite Aid, 1501 Broad River Road: July 2018   11 comments

Posted at 11:44 pm in closing

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Here's another Rite Aid this one where the River Roads come together at Boozer Shopping Center. I am having a little trouble thinking of a Walgreens within a mile of here, which is the usual closing criteria for this transition.

Apparently the LoopNet folks decided they already had a photo on file and didn't need another one -- that's certainly a blast from the past.

UPDATE 20 June 2021 -- As mentioned in the comments, this place has been razed:

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Also adding a map icon.

UPDATE 24 June 2021 -- The canopy for the Murphy USA already going up:

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UPDATE 11 August 2021 -- Construction continues:

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UPDATE 27 September 2021 -- Getting there (picture from 18 September):

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