Robert Kahn Wholesale Company

Grocery
1930s-1964

575 King Street
Charleston, SC

FAMILIES: Kahn, Kaminski, Wurtzel

Robert Kahn (1895-1985), a Russian immigrant, opened Robert Kahn Wholesale, which sold wholesale groceries, tobacco, and candies, by the 1930s on East Bay Street across from the United States Custom House. He married his bookkeeper, Estelle Harriett Kaminski (1909-1995) on March 14, 1934. They had two children: Ellis I. Kahn (b. 1936) and Susan Ruth “Ruthie” Kahn Wurtzel (b. 1939). The store moved to 575 King Street Charleston in 1940, to 190 St. Philip Street in 1954, and later to 45 Spring Street. He sold the business to Sol Berry in 1964.

The Jewish Merchant Project is supported by the generosity of the Norman and Gerry Sue Arnold Foundation and the Stanley B. Farbstein Endowment at the Coastal Community Foundation. Longtime members of the JHSSC, Mr. Arnold obm, a merchant himself, and Mr. Farbstein obm were both children of South Carolina Jewish merchants.

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