Rumors, Openings, and Closings

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Rumors, Planned Openings, New Openings

    • We have Uber and Lyft in Florence!
    • New Hyatt Place Hotel Being built as we speak!
    • HOMEGOODS!!!!
    • Five Below- wish it would be open in time for stocking stuffers!
    • SC Real Foods has moved to Celebration and it is GREAT!  I got some pimento cheese and other goodies there the other day!
  • Dairy Queen next to WF Wal-Mart
  • Da Massimo is back in Florence… just saw it with my own eyes.
  • Lidl a German Grocery
  • Stride Rite is NOT closing and that was a rumor- actually it DID move into the Toy Shop
  • Browns BBQ has opened in Florence– has anyone tried it??
  • King Jefe Taco Bar: downtown (love it!)
  • Boxcar Market (Mercantile and Grocer downtown) (I am super excited about this one!!) (I saw yesterday it is open!  I need to check it out!) (I have shopped here many times, PLEASE support it!)
  • H & M coming to Magnolia Mall (SCNow confirmed)
  • Rumor:  Steak and Shake
  • Five Below (Magnolia Mall)

Not as New Openings and Movings

  • Seminar Brewing has moved to Hwy 52 near 95
  • Town Hall
  • The Dispensary Rooftop Bar
  • Aldi has opened a second location and redone their original location!
  • SNIP has moved to Second Loop
  • Taco Bell by the Mall
  • The Pharmacy
  • Zoe’s Kitchen to open at 2100 West Evans, suite B. (June 2017:  OPEN)
  • Local Motive Brewery
  • Mi Tierra has moved to their new location on Celebration (so nice!)
  • Bojangles is open near the end of Damon on Second Loop


  • Fiasco
  • Orange Leaf
  • 1031 Burger
  • Cast Iron Waffles
  • Struttin Turkey
  • Cruise the View
  • Applebees
  • Corona has a new name
  • Kmart
  • Opened:  Pee Dee Bicycle (downtown) (Sigh.) And its closed.
  • Clay Pot
  • Fox’s Pizza is back and I think it closed again?

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462 thoughts on “Rumors, Openings, and Closings

      1. Lidl has scaled back its expansion plans.

        From the article: “Klaus Gehrig, CEO of the Schwarz Group, which owns Lidl, estimates the discounter will open 20 stores in 2018 — well shy of the company’s stated goal to open 100 stores by June of this year. Lidl’s U.S. stores are too big and expensive, and the discounter failed to account for American’s unique product preferences. Analysts have pointed to a few key problems, most notably Lidl’s overemphasis on nonfood products.”

        Full Article:–report-lidl-is-dramatically-scaling-back-its-growth-this-year/515139/


  1. Toys R Us is closing,
    What would you like to see in that spot?

    Marshall’s? Nordstrom Rack? Michaels?

    Also, theater wanting to come to downtown Florence with bar, saw an article I Facebook from WMBF but cannot find it anymore


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  3. BI-LO #5550, Independence Center, 500 Pamplico Highway, Florence, South Carolina 29505-6012, was not among the ninety-four BI-LO, Fresco y Más, Harvey’s Supermarket, and Winn-Dixie stores Southeastern Grocers announced to close Thursday, 15 March, in its restructuring announcement. (

    I am hearing more stores will be announced to close in August.


      1. Food Lion is acquiring four BI-LO stores in South Carolina:

        * BI-LO #5104, Surfside Beach Commons, 1610 Highway 17 South, Surfside Beach, South Carolina 29575-6037

        * BI-LO #5116, Plantation Point Plaza, 1241 38th Avenue North, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 29577-1313

        * BI-LO #5218, Spring Valley Commons, 9003 Two Notch Road, Columbia, South Carolina 29223-5800

        * BI-LO #5550, Independence Center, 500 Pamplico Highway, Florence, South Carolina 29605-6012


      2. I assume Food Lion will use BI-LO #5550 to replace Food Lion #618, South Florence Market, 2600 South Irby Street, Florence, South Carolina 29505-3432. If BI-LO #5550 is in good condition without much aesthetic work required, Food Lion should open soon. The Independence Center store could help Food Lion open its first pharmacy in Florence.


      3. I thought this location may replace the old Food Lion on Second Loop but this article says there are no plans to close any nearby Food Lions.

        “There are no plans to close any Food Lions in Florence, Smith said, including two near the Pamplico Highway location. One store is two miles south at 2600 S. Irby St., and another one is 3.6 miles west at 1307 Second Loop Road.”



      4. I do not see Food Lion’s need for an additional store in Florence via BI-LO #5550 unless it is replacing an existing store.

        I wonder if Publx Super Markets pursued acquiring BI-LO #5550, or has another location under consideration nearby.


    1. Bilo 550 Pamplico hwy will close sometime in June, they have stopped receiving grocery and will start closing sale on May 2.


      1. Food Lion sucks indeed. It is great for extra high prices, lack of necessities in food and pharmacy, bad customer service, and bad quality products.

        BI-LO has declined like Food Lion. I doubt it will be missed.


      2. I agree don’t like Food Lion and we don’t need another one! I’ll miss them cause Harris Teeter is too expensive besides there sales and not crazy about the pig. Choices are getting less and less.


      3. There are becoming fewer supermarkets indeed. I do not known when Publix may come. I would not mind seeing Ingle’s if it expands across South Carolina.


  4. Little Caesar’s is coming to the plaza where Fitness World and Food Lion is on West Palmetto.

    *not sayin that Little Caesar’s is any good though.


  5. ELGAVE Mexican Restaurant is going into the closed Fiasco’s on Evans St.
    They were putting up the new sign when I drove by today.


  6. Went to mall tonight and a White Barn by Bath and Body Works is opening

    I’m not sure if Bath and Body Works is moving to that location also, but it looks like it is moving and adding a White Barn by where American Eagle is,

    Construction started on Forever 21 by the Food Court beside Rue 21


  7. I was downtown this morning. The Kitchen on Dargan that closed there was work being done in there. Anyone know what it is going to be? There is also another store down from there that sold. Hopefully some good places will open.


  8. Old South Seafood and more that closed on Irby has a sign on the building. Tin Tap Surf and Turf. Can’t tell if anything has been done besides the sign.


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