Ness’ Department Store


Main Street
Denmark, SC


After his dry goods business in Manning, South Carolina failed, Morris Ness (1887-1975), a Polish immigrant, moved with his family to Denmark, South Carolina in 1924. That same year, Ness opened Ness’ Department Store, where he sold men’s and women’s clothes and shoes. After Ness retired in the mid-1940s, his son, Harold, who worked his way up from a part-time employee to his father’s business partner, took over ownership of Ness’ Department Store. Ness’ Department Store closed its doors in 1989.

Main Image: Harold Ness (left) measures a man for a tuxedo
Reprinted from The State, December 26, 1989.


Above: Reprinted from The State, November 1, 1989.

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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