A four-generation family-owned Orangeburg appliance store is going out of business after 47 years.
Stroman Appliance Center is closing its Executive Court store at the end of the year, ending a nearly five-decade run of serving the Orangeburg community's appliance and television needs.
"We are closing because of retirement and dwindling economy over the last few years," owner Andy Stroman III said. "To our customers, we thank you for your business and loyalty over the past 47 years."
While the showroom, sale and parts portion of the store will close, appliance services will still be offered.
Stroman Appliance Center was founded by the late Andrew Stroman Jr.
A World War II veteran, Stroman served in the U.S. Army Air Force as an AP mechanic gunner during the war.
He reported to Fort Jackson for basic training in 1942 and received additional training with the Army Air Force in Miami.
Shortly after training, he joined the 379th Bombardment Group.
Stroman participated in 32 heavy bombardment sorties over enemy-occupied continental Europe in 1944.
Following the war, Stroman returned to Fort Logan, Colorado, for a period of convalescence. He later transferred to the Enlisted Reserve Corps.
Upon returning to the states, Stroman began an appliance service business in 1948 out of a backyard shop.
In June 1971, Stroman and his son, Andy, opened a retail appliance store after being approached by General Electric to do so.
"I was in Germany in the military coming home with no job," Andy Stroman recalled. "My dad asked my wife (Sherry) and I to partner with them on this new opportunity."
The first store opened on south Broughton Street.
"After several years and a very successful business, we moved to a much larger place on Russell Street," Andy said.
But due to the lack of parking and an economic slump downtown, the Stromans purchased land where the store currently is located on Chestnut Street.
"Four years later, our business had doubled and we had to add an additional warehouse," Stroman said.
It was at that time the store opened up its parts retail store. Five years later, the store expanded further.
Andrew Stroman Jr. retired in 1996 and he and his wife, Medrue, moved to The Oaks due to health issues.
Both Andy and Sherry have operated the store, but it has now entered its fourth generation.
Andy and Sherry's son, Marty, son-in-law Calvin and granddaughter Haley have assumed some role in operations.
The store has sold GE, GE Cafe, GE Profile, Hotpoint and Whirlpool products for kitchen and laundry appliances and outdoor products.
Stroman's Appliance has been heavily involved in the community.
The store has been an annual sponsor of the Taste of Home Cooking School.
The store has also been a winner of The T&D's Best of the Best awards for best TV/appliance store.