Armory Wholesale Grocery Company

1919 - 1979

Darlington, SC


Armory Wholesale Grocery Company was established by David Alexander Cohen (1886-1963). David was one of eight children born in Mississippi to traveling tobacco salesman David J. Cohen (1850-1919) and his wife Sarah (1854-1941). He was raised in Memphis, Tennessee and later worked as a bookkeeper for Standard Oil while also volunteering with the Tennessee State Militia. After serving in World War I, he settled in the town of Darlington, South Carolina with his wife Hilda Henning (1896-1980). In 1919, David and Hilda welcomed their first child and David opened Armory Wholesale Grocery Company in the old armory. Looking to expand his footprint, David moved his wholesale business to 136 Pearl Street in the 1930s. David and Sarah’s son David A. Cohen Jr. (1921-1997) later took over the business and ultimately closed the store in 1979 due to mounting gas prices.

Main Image: Photo of David A. Cohen Sr. Courtesy of Dr. Alexander Cohen.


Above Image: Photo of Julian Hennig Jr., Hennig Cohen, ​David Cohen Jr. Courtesy of Dr. Alexander Cohen.


Above Image: Invoice notepad for Armory Wholesale Grocery Company. Courtesy of Darlington County Historical Commission & Museum, Darlington, SC


Above Image: Obituary notice for David Alexander Cohen. Reprinted from The State, December 8, 1963.

The Jewish Merchant Project is supported by the generosity of the Henry & Sylvia Yaschik Foundation and the Stanley B. Farbstein Endowment at the Coastal Community Foundation.

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