COLUMBIA, SC – Todd & Moore Sporting Goods will celebrate its 70th Anniversary on Thursday, August 7th at 620 Huger Street in downtown Columbia with a huge in-store event. The celebration will be an all day event from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm with a special ceremony at noon on the store’s world famous landing. For 70 years, Todd & Moore has been the Midland’s specialists in sports and a gathering place for coaches and players from all over the state. Todd & Moore remains locally owned and operated by the same two founding families.
Special Ceremony to Honor Long Time Employee
Former employees, retired and current coaches, customers and local dignitaries have been invited to a special ceremony taking place at noon on the landing to recognize Team Sales Representative, Jim Moore. Jim is retiring after 55 years of serving schools, colleges and recreation leagues all over South Carolina. Jim began working at Todd & Moore as a teenager and has been a devoted employee and an integral part of the store’s history.
World Famous Landing
For those unfamiliar with Todd & Moore’s store layout, the world famous landing is a low upper floor just 5 steps above the sales floor. It has long been a gathering place for high school and college coaching legends such as Frank McGuire, Bobby Cremins, Harry Parone, Joe Turbeville, Eddie Muldrow and many others from all over South Carolina. Todd & Moore has been the go to sports store for all of the great Carolina coaches and players since 1944! Every Thursday during the school year, retired and current coaches meet up to reminisce and evaluate current local talent. On any given day former and current Gamecock student athletes such as Jadeveon Clowney, Connor Shaw, Dylan Thompson, AJ Cann, Bruce Ellington, Alshon Jeffrey, DJ Swearingen and Jackie Bradley Jr. can be seen shopping in Todd & Moore and meeting their fans.
70th Anniversary Celebration Details
Customers are invited to register for 1000’s of dollars in giveaways and to enjoy throwback pricing, gifts with purchase and refreshments provided by another Columbia icon, Cromer’s Peanuts. The first 100 customers will receive a commemorative 70th Anniversary t-shirt.
IMPORTANT DATES IN TODD & MOORE & USC HISTORY
1938-42 Rex Enright coaching era
1944 Todd’s Sporting Goods opened on South Main Street behind the
1947 Partnership formed between Charles Todd Sr. & George Moore Sr.
Store renamed Todd & Moore Sporting Goods
1953 Relocated to 707 Main Street
1956-60 Warren Giese coaching era. Daughter-in-law Charlotte Giese worked
as a store manager in the 1980’s.
1961-65 Marvin Bass coaching era
1966-74 Paul Dietzel coaching era
1968 George (G) Moore Jr. began working as a Team Sales Representative
1969 Relocated to current 620 Huger Street location
1970-80’s Opened locations in Lexington, Dutch Square & Columbia Mall
1975-81 Jim Carlen coaching era
1977 Chuck Todd (Charles Todd Jr.) joined the staff and took over retail operation full-time in 1978
1983-88 Joe Morrison coaching era
1986 G Moore (George Moore Jr.) became Team Sales Manager
1989 Opened freestanding Harbison Blvd. location
1990 Opened freestanding O’Neil Court location
1989-93 Sparky Woods coaching era
1994-98 Brad Scott coaching era
1999-2004 Lou Holtz coaching era
2005-present Steve Spurrier coaching era. Jerri Spurrier is a regular Todd &
2014 Todd & Moore celebrates 70th Anniversary & Jim Moore retires after 55 years
Todd & Moore has long been the go to sports store for USC coaches and players as we are conveniently located just blocks from the Colonial Life Arena, Carolina Stadium and Williams Brice.