McBrides Park & Shop, 61 Second Street: 2015 (2020/01/19)









McBride's Park & Shop was a convenience store located right next to McBride's Quality Cleaners. Given that both businesses are so close together and also the fact that they share the same family name, it seems that both were owned and operated by the same person or at least within the same family. Their Facebook page shows someone last checking in back in January of 2015. Because I can't find any later references to McBride's Park & Shop, let's just say they closed in 2015.

Other than some broken windows, the building appears to be in decent shape. I bet another convenience store could still do fair business at this location, for there is plenty of traffic coming down this stretch of road, and I usually see folks walking by this way or riding bikes.

McBrides Quality Cleaners, 63 Second Street: 2010 (2020/01/12)









The demand for a dry cleaning service must be significantly less than it was years ago. The only clothes I can think of that would require dry cleaning now would be suits and fancier dresses (e.g. a wedding dress, not necessarily a church dress), and since most people don't wear suits and fancier dresses that much these days, that means there is less of a need to visit the local dry cleaners. I suppose the fact that there are two dry cleaning businesses in Cheraw, Professional Cleaners-Laundry and Pee Dee Cleaners, is evidence that there is at least enough demand such that two dry cleaners in Cheraw can exist and make a profit. I have one gray suit that I wear for job interviews, which fortunately, I have not had to wear in several years. The last time I had it dry cleaned was five years ago after a funeral, mainly because I had gotten sick. In fact, it was Professional Cleaners-Laundry that dry cleaned my suit.

At that time, I had noticed that McBride's Quality Cleaners was out of business. I remember my mom taking certain clothes of hers and my dad's there to be dry cleaned over the years. The most recent reference of McBride's Quality Cleaners appears to be this posting in The Link (paywalled, page 10A) so it would seem that they closed for good some time in 2010. The building still appears to be in good shape so I could see another business moving in; however, the phone box out front is definitely out of commission.

Dawkins Building, 130 Market Street: 2012 (2020/01/03)











As reported on the front page of this early December edition of The Link (paywalled), this building at 130 Market Street, which is located between Mary's Restaurant and the former Super 10, is slated to be demolished for the construction of the future Springhill Suites hotel. There will now be five buildings taken down for this hotel, which also include the aforementioned Super 10, the warehouse currently used by the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, the Lewis Crafts building, and the complex on 201 Front Street and 100 Market Street. Ironically, I took pictures of the Dawkins building on the same day that I took pictures of the rest of those buildings, at the time having no idea the Dawkins building would eventually be included in the demolition for the new hotel.

The article notes that the building has been condemned since 2012 and that it is collapsing from within. Because the Dawkins building is boarded up, I could not see inside the building, but it certainly looks to be in rough enough shape from the outside. I admire the shiny red tiles above the former storefront, and I'm sure that storefront of whatever business(es) used to occupy this building was even more appealing years ago when the building was actually in good shape.