Max’s Department Store


127 Hampton Avenue
Kingstree, SC


Max Drucker (1892-1979), an Austrian immigrant, opened Max’s Department Store on Hampton Street in Kingstree. After Drucker’s death, his wife, Lila Mae McKenzie Drucker (1914-1989), ran the business. She then passed on the business to her son, Richard W. McKenzie Sr (1936-2020), and daughter-in-law, Nancy Spears McKenzie (1940-2018).

Main Image: Kiddie Shop and Max’s Department Store, 123-129 North Hampton Street. Courtesy National Register of Historic Places program, S.C. Department of Archives and History


Above Image: Max Drucker, circa 1930. Image from

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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