Kligman’s Army Store


1314-1316 Assembly Street
Columbia , SC 29201

FAMILIES: Kligman, Lomansky

Louis Kligman (1895-1973), an immigrant from Cuezyon, Russia, opened this general merchandise store in 1928. Louis first applied for a visa to immigrate in 1922, with his brother-in-law, Estill-based merchant Jake Baker, serving as his sponsor. He arrived in Columbia around 1926 and married Ida Lomansky in 1927. Their only son, Melton (1929-2013), was born in 1929. The store remained open until at least 1958, when it became an Army-Navy Store run by another manager. During its nearly thirty years, Louis employed at least one niece, Freida Baker, as a saleswoman. Melton went to law school at the University of South Carolina and later opened a successful practice on Lady Street.

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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