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The Forms Boutique, 3308 Forest Drive: 2023   no comments

Posted at 12:51 am in closing


Post-cancer apparel shop The Forms Boutique moved from Devine Street to this Richland Mall outparcel in 2011.

I can't find anything definitive online, but it appears that they closed for good last year.

Written by ted on March 2nd, 2024

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Splurge, 6169 Saint Andrews Road Suite 130: 23 October 2023 (Moved)   2 comments

Posted at 10:31 pm in closing




I'm not sure I understand Splurge, which is apparently a vinyl crafts store as that is a hobby I know nothing about and can't really visualize.

What I do know is that in October, they moved from this storefront in Seven Oaks Shopping Center to 1709 Sunset Boulevard, so visit them there and see what it's all about.

(Hat tip to commenter Gypsie)

Written by ted on January 25th, 2024

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Beauty Plus, 2105 Decker Boulevard: December 2023   2 comments

Posted at 10:04 pm in closing


I noticed that this beauty supply store in one of the many small strip malls on Decker last month was posting a closing sign. I don't know anything about it, but the building is one of those designs you don't see anymore.

Written by ted on January 8th, 2024

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The Army Navy Store, 463 Sunset Boulevard: May 2022   2 comments

Posted at 10:38 pm in closing











I remember when this store was on Main Street, and actually did a closing for that location, but kind of forgot about it and lost track after it moved to Capitol Square in West Columbia, though I must have seen it many times in passing as I drove by.

Seventy Five years is one heck of a run.

As I mentioned in the closing for Jin Jin, this plaza is now entirely vacant.

Written by ted on December 18th, 2023

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Strictly Running (Moved) / Swiff, 736 Harden Street: Fall 2023   no comments

Posted at 9:39 pm in closing


When I went to do a closing for Swiff, I noticed that it was in the old Strictly Running location, and I had never done one for that, so let me do that here as well.

Athletic gear retailer (and event sponsor) Strictly Running moved to 2515 Devine Street some time ago -- Google Reviews suggests around 2016.

Swiff started as a popup store various places around town such as Soda City Market and opened this storefront for locally designed fashion in February of 2022 as reported in The State. The Free Times reports a bit more about the motivation and background for the brand.

Although the store is closed, Swiff remains online.

(Hat tip to commenter Deanna)

Written by ted on November 9th, 2023

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Casual Living, 6006 Two Notch Road: October 2023   2 comments

Posted at 10:02 pm in closing










This is fairly near to me, but if you'd asked me where it was, I couldn't have told you. I guess I get tunnel-blindness when I'm not in the market for whatever I'm drving by.

Anyway, commenter Andrew reports the retirement sale and upcoming closing, so if you are in the market for some casual & patio type furniture, you should probably head on down there before too much longer.

(Hat tip to commenter Andrew)

Written by ted on October 3rd, 2023

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S-Mart, 436 Blossom Street: Fall 2023   8 comments

Posted at 10:56 pm in closing




I was driving by this weekend, and noticed that the S-Mart convenience store & gas station on the Southwest corner of Blossom & Huger was closed. I didn't notice until I was sitting at the light, so I didn't have a chance to park and look around, but from the pile of dirt and scuff marks, it looks like they have already taken out the tanks.

Normally I would expect something to go into this high-traffic spot quickly, but I proved to be wrong about the catty-cornered lot with the former Columbia Antique Mall / Chic Antique & Co., which closed in 2016. That struck me as a prime site, but now six years later, the space is still vacant.

Written by ted on October 2nd, 2023

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Dollar General, 1720 Taylor Street: September 2023 (Temporary)   5 comments

Posted at 10:29 pm in closing









I was going down to the Greek Festival last weekend, and noticed this Dollar General (in a former Eckerd) on the corner of Taylor & Barnwell streets. was closed.

The sign doesn't give any reason, but assures us that it is temporary. If I had to guess, I would say staffing issues, but of course I don't know.

Written by ted on September 18th, 2023

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Whitehall TV, 3640 Bush River Road: 2022   6 comments

Posted at 10:28 pm in closing






Whitehall TV was an old-school television repair shop across from the former Clusters Of Whitehall just about where Bush River Road turns into Tram Road. I don't really know anything about the place, but I do know that people rarely get TVs fixed today as they don't have tubes or really any replacable parts at all anymore, which can't have helped things.

Google reviews suggest the place has been closed at least seven months, and commenter JohnR thinks it's about a year, so I'm just going to put 2022 as the date.

(Hat tip to commenter JohnR)

UPDATE 8 September 2023: Change reference "Tram Street" to "Tram Road".

UPDATE 9 October 2023 -- Here are some post closing shots:






Written by ted on September 6th, 2023

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J. B. White / Belk, 3400 Forest Drive: 6 September 2023   11 comments

Posted at 10:49 pm in closing











I remember growing up, when this store was White's, the book department at the top of the escalator was one of my favorite places to browse as they would usually have a selection of Tom Swift, Jr books as well as random other interesting tomes. The escalator itself was cool because it was so narrow that you could grab each handrail and hoist yourself off your feet while you made the trip, all the while listening to the floor-caller making coded announcements like Five Nine, Five Nine!.

When they knocked the original Richland Mall down, they skipped this building, and it stayed on as White's until the chain went under, or was bought out -- I forget which.

After that, it became Belk, but honestly, this store has been getting ready to close for the past five years or so. It seemed as though every time I went inside, the place had been more hollowed out and threadbare. It started most notably on the second floor, especially after the doors to the far side of the mall were permanently closed and gradually continued up there until finally the escalator was shut down and the whole floor closed off. This is basically the path the Dutch Square store walked down. I can still recall how spooky it was to go up to the men's room there after the rest of the floor had been vacated.

Ahthough I haven't been in since the closing was announced, things were looking pretty sparse on the ground floor as well, the last time I went by. I'll try to get some inside pictures at some point during the process.

Here are stories on the closing from The State, WLTX, and The Post & Courier.

(Hat tip to Mr. Hat)

UPDATE 6 September 2023: Commenter Andrew notes that the place closed today, so I am updating the post title to note that.

Written by ted on August 15th, 2023

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