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Snapshot: Coming Street Grocery - Charleston, SC

Coming Street Grocery
Owner: Hany Zayan
Opened: 2011 under current ownership
Cooperative: none
 224 Coming Street, Downtown, Charleston, SC
Photographed: January 2022
As I mentioned yesterday in my post about the Coming Market, my personal research focus lately has been on neighborhood, mom-and-pop-type grocery stores, but specifically in the New England region. Today, we get to dip our toes in the water of South Carolina mom-and-pop grocery store history with the Coming Street Grocery, a longtime grocery store at Coming and Spring Streets in downtown Charleston. This building is a beautifully preserved grocery relic in one of the many historic districts of Charleston, likely dating back to the early 20th century at least. While it doesn't look like much of the historical charm is present inside the 1300 square foot store anymore, the outside certainly has plenty of charm.
As a matter of fact, either reproductions or restorations of old painted advertisements line the Spring Street side of the store, including the sign for the original owner (National Grocery Co member Ben Yaschik, to be specific).
Quite a beautifully preserved or restored remnant! While we won't be seeing the Food Lion, Harris Teeter, or Publix that are in and around downtown Charleston, we will be checking out one more independent store about a mile south towards the southern part of downtown tomorrow here on The Independent Edition. Come back to check it out!