Wolpert’s Department Store

Merchant
1927-present

4111 Main Street
Loris, SC 29569

FAMILIES: Wolpert; Kroll

Bernard “Barney” Meyer Wolpert (1893-1964) was born in New York to Max Wolpert (1860-1927) and Bertha Karabelnicko Wolpert (b. 1864), who had immigrated from Russia in 1890. Max Wolpert worked his way up from a peddler to a produce merchant specializing in fish and then fruit. In the mid-1910s, Bernard Wolpert married Kate Kroll (1893-1970). Between 1917 and 1920, Bernard and Kate Wolpert moved to Lake City, South Carolina. Bernard worked as a dry goods merchant while his wife kept house and raised their children. In the late 1920s, the Bernard and his wife, Kate, moved from Lake City to Loris, South Carolina, a small town of about a thousand residents with a successful market due to its proximity to many tobacco farms. In 1927, Bernard Wolpert openedWolpert’s Department Store in a two-story, brick commercial building at 4111 Main Street. As of July 2020, the Wolpert family continues to operate their department store in the same historic Loris building.

Above: Wolpert’s Department Store, 2016. Courtesy of Google

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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