Old Service Station, 57 Powe Street: May 2021 (2021/06/07)
This old service station at 57 Powe Street has been demolished, along with Baskin's Kream Kastle and the J & K. It is my understanding that all of this land will be used for constructing a town fitness center.
This place has changed names and ownership over the years a number of times, I'm sure; however, unfortunately, I have none of those names. Well, I have been told that at one point, this service station was operated by a man named Kenny Tarlton. I vaguely recall seeing gas pumps at this station in the 1990s. Of course, as you can see in these pictures now, those pumps had been removed since then.
I actually took these pictures when I started this website back in 2019, and I snapped them at the same time as I snapped the pictures for the old Kream Kastle and J & K. At the time, I had assumed that this place was abandoned, but I soon noticed that someone was using this location to work on cars. I wonder if this last business was able to relocate and continue.
Duvall's Cheraw Hardware / Habitat for Humanity ReStore, 1 Village Park: February 2021 (relocated) (2021/05/27)
The Cheraw Habitat for Humanity ReStore moved from 1 Village Park in downtown to 8 Chesterfield Highway, the former BI-LO. I would assume that they removed the reported bat infestation before moving into the building. The move was made because the new building is larger than the old one. Although I have yet to visit the new location, I had gone to the old downtown location a few times.
1 Village Park was also the location of Duvall's Cheraw Hardware store for many years. The store was under the True Value brand, which is currently the brand used by CMC Building Supply; however, while Duvall's Cheraw Hardware was in operation, CMC Building Supply was part of the Ace Hardware brand. For whatever reason, I mostly remember the inside of Duvall's Cheraw Hardware having the strong, distinct odor of fertilizer. I believe that Duvall's Cheraw Hardware closed about 15 or 20 years ago.
The venerable Cheraw Packing Plant met an untimely demise back in February when it burned to the ground. On the week of the fire, I was thinking about buying some ribeyes from here to grill for my wife's birthday. I had bought ribeyes from Cheraw Packing Plant a couple of times before within the last year or so, and the price and quality were pretty good. Although I can't find it at the moment, I recall reading an article in The Link that mentioned the owner considering reopening Cheraw Packing Plant at the old Pee Dee Ice And Fuel Company building (?), but that plan appears to have fallen through. Since then, I have heard no news about Cheraw Packing Plant reopening. What a shame.