Summerville Bargain Store


120 Central Avenue
Summerville , SC

FAMILIES: Levy, Lynch, and Wolper

Samuel Lynch (1891-1946) immigrated from Poland to Charleston via New Orleans, where he met Pauline Wolper (1898-1950), who had immigrated to South Carolina from Poland years before. They married and had one son, Seymour Lynch (19191990). Samuel purchased several buildings on Central Avenue in the 1930s and opened Summerville Bargain Store in 1936. He initially sold work pants and boots to men working on the Santee Cooper project. Seymour inherited this business as well as a liquor store after his father’s death in 1946. In 1964 Seymour and his wife, Marjorie Levy, moved the business across the street to 117 Central Avenue and renamed it Seymour’s.

Read about Seymour’s Department Store here.

Main Image: Seymour Lynch, 1950s, enjoyed sitting in the sun outside his liquor store at 120 Central Avenue, Summerville, SC, while waiting for customers. He was in the habit of stacking boxes on the sidewalk to show he was open for business. Image courtesy of the Lynch family 


Above Image: Cecile Wolper (Lazarus), Pauline Wolper (Lynch), Cecile Barr Wolper, Louis Edwin Wolper, Jacob Wolper, and Max Wolper, Charleston, SC, 1915. Pauline Wolper operated Summerville Bargain Store with her husband, Samuel Lynch. Her younger brother, Isadore (1917-1989) moved to Summerville in 1946 and opened Dorchester Jewelers. Image courtesy of Special Collections, College of Charleston 

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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