As the year draws to a close, we take a look back at how the retail landscape changed in 2009 in the Columbia area.
Despite a down economy and some store closings, several retail areas around the Midlands saw positive growth. A sampling:
The year started with an announcement by Sammi's Deli that it would open a late-night diner along Bluff Road, a burgeoning student housing corridor.
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In a down economy, other commercial development there has not followed rapidly. But the area is starting to see some subtle changes in retail.
Doc's Barbecue on Shop Road started to serve dinner on weekend nights, and a new restaurant, Stadium Grill, opened on Bluff Road across from Williams-Brice Stadium.
Columbiana Centre's parent company, General Growth Properties, filed for bankruptcy protection in April, but that didn't seem to hurt the bustling retail outlet, which actually had a net gain of one store over the past year.
Boater's World on Bower Parkway went out of business as the company struggled with bankruptcy. But Sportsman's Warehouse on Piney Grove Road survived, despite the parent company's filing for bankruptcy protection.
The Village at Sandhill continued to grow, gaining a net of five stores in the past year; two of them were seasonal.
But it got some competition from the blossoming retail area around Killian Road at I-77, which gained a Lowe's, Zaxby's and Rite-Aid.
Food Lion also opened its first certifiably green store at the foot of the Summit neighborhood on Hard Scrabble Road.
After years of speculation, Hiller Hardware finally closed in September, with an auction to sell off its remaining product. The building was torn down in December to make way for a new bank.
Adriana's, a longtime coffee and ice cream shop, shut its doors in October.
The Lexington area saw some steady growth along one of its major retail corridors.
Among the stores to open this year along U.S. 378: La-Z-Boy, Monkey Joe's, Firehouse Subs, Primarily Pi Pizza, First Reliance Bank, Frank's Discount Tire.
Dillard's and Steve & Barry's left the mall in January. The mall continued to suffer losses throughout the year, including major retailer Old Navy in the fall. It had a net loss of nine stores throughout the year.
Main Street saw an influx of new restaurants this year. Among them: Zoe's Kitchen in the Meridian building, Cafe 1201 in the Capitol Center building, Kendall's Cafe & Bakery in the Bank of America tower, The White Mule and Swanson's Deli.
The developers of Trenholm Plaza scrapped plans this year to tear down the outbuilding with Hooligan's in it and rebuild. They decided instead to remodel what was there and look for new tenants.
The center has attracted a variety of new retailers over the past year, including fine-dining restaurant Rosso Trattoria Italia and MACK Home.
Southeast Columbia became home to Southeastern Salvage Home Emporium, a discount home and building retailer, in November. It located in the old Walmart.
Kimbrell's Furniture built a new store in the same shopping center, doubling its size.
A new Walmart model store opened near Irmo and Ballentine in August. It is slightly smaller than typical Walmarts and designed to be more user-friendly.
It has attracted an influx of new businesses to the area, including Sonic and Little Caesars Pizza.