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Harbison shopping center getting a major revamp; Forest Acres eatery closes

Columbiana Station

Columbiana Station on Bower Parkway in the Harbison area. Mike Fitts/The Post and Courier

COLUMBIA — A major shopping area in the Harbison area is set to get a substantial revamp under new leasing management.

Columbiana Station, home of the Regal cinema on Bower Parkway, is now being managed by Crawford Square of Birmingham, Alabama, and locally by Trinity Partners, according to Williams Mills at Trinity.

The two firms' plan: to revitalize the portion of the retail area along Bower Parkway from top to bottom as new retail tenants are sought, Mills said.

That renovation will include new landscaping, signs and parking lot improvements including better lighting, Mills said.

Another major feature, of course, will be new tenants. 

The current anchor retailers in the site, in the stretch along Bower Parkway, are Dick's Sporting Goods and Regal cinema.

An Urban Air Adventure Park, planned before the COVID-19 pandemic, is not opening, Mills said. That space again is up for lease.

The site could be used by another operator of a trampoline park/entertainment space, as it is set up partially for that use. It also easily could be split to make spaces for two large retail stores, Mills said.

Crawford Square has experience at finding complementary retailers to share a space and make for a better shopping destination instead of just trying to find tenants, Mills said.

"These guys are being smart about it," Mills said.

The Columbiana Station space should be sought-after, since the Harbison area is among Columbia's top retail areas, with many national chains with only one Midlands location choosing to put it there, according to real estate professionals.

Trenholm Plaza eatery closes

B.L.D. Diner, the eatery at one corner of Trenholm Plaza, has closed, according to its Google listing.

Edens, the company that manages the retail center at Forest Drive and Trenholm Road in Forest Acres, has not commented publicly on any new plans for the space.

The restaurant, which opened in 2018, offered an upscale take on classic diner food, such as a BLTD sandwich, patty melt and Nashville hot open-face sandwich.

The retail center now has two restaurant spaces that are open for new tenants.

More biscuits incoming

Columbia is having a biscuit moment, apparently.

Vicious Biscuit will be the latest addition, with the Mount Pleasant-based restaurant chain taking over a vacant spot at 3246 Forest Drive.

Michael Bell, Vicious Biscuit's chief operating officer, confirmed the plans but said the company could no public timeline for its plans to open.

The restaurant space formerly was home to the Midlands location of The Pizza Joint. That restaurant closed in mid-2021 after a kitchen fire and never reopened. 

The biscuit restaurant's signature sandwich is the Vicious, featuring a fried chicken breast and maple sausage gravy on a cheddar and jalapeno biscuit.

Other biscuit creations include the Fat Boy and the extra-spicy Flame Thrower. 

Vicious Biscuit has locations in Mount Pleasant and Summerville, plus three in North Carolina, including a just-opened restaurant in Boone.

More cookies baking

Crumbl Cookies officially will open its third Midlands location on Jan. 27 at 150 Harbison Blvd., in Columbiana Station.

The Columbia Chamber will host a ribbon-cutting for the bakery at noon on Jan. 26.

Crumbl already has locations on Sunset Boulevard in Lexington and at Cardinal Crossing in Forest Acres.

Crumbl was started in Utah in 2017 and now has more than 500 locations nationwide, according to the company’s website. 

The chain is known for its deluxe jumbo cookies, served in a pink box. 

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