Adolph I. Namm (1856 – 1920) was a Polish immigrant, coming to NYC in 1870, and opening an embroidery and upholstery business in Manhattan along Ladies Miles on 6th AVenue. In 1885, he moved his business in Brooklyn, and by 1891 he opened a new store at 452 Fulton. At the time, that stretch of Fulton Street was emerging as a popular commercial shopping destination. His son, Benjamin Harrison Namm, eventually took over the business in 1910 due to Adolph’s poor health. During its heyday, the store was enormously successful. It was also one of the largest cash-only enterprises in Brooklyn, competing with other large department stores like Abraham & Straus. At one time, the company was the third largest in the United States.
The store once covered an entire city block, but the 450-458 is the last remaining portion today. Namm’s later united with rival Loeser’s, and in 1957 was bought by Federated/Abraham & Straus, which in turn was renamed Federated/Macy’s in the 1990s.