LifeWay Christian Stores, national chain closing its Christian bookstores in Arizona [#Lifeway #LifewayChristianStores #Arizona]
After 4 years in Arizona, a national chain is closing its Christian bookstores.
LifeWay Christian Stores has already closed its shop at 7401 W. Bell Road in Peoria and, later this year, its second Arizona store at 1859 S. Stapley Drive, Ste. 101 in Mesa will close.
LifeWay opened the Arizona locations in 2013 after acquiring them — and 15 others — from the Berean Christian Stores chain.
At that time, Thom S. Rainer, president of LifeWay Christian Resources, the parent company of LifeWay Stores, called it a tremendous opportunity.
“Berean, like LifeWay, is known for their commitment to serving church customers. The acquisition will significantly increase LifeWay’s opportunities for ministry across the country.”
– Thom S. Rainer, president of LifeWay Christian Resources in August 2013
In March 2019, LifeWay announced plans to close all 170 retail locations by the end of this year. Acting President and CEO Brad Waggoner said the decision was difficult.
“LifeWay has developed close connections with the communities where our stores are located, and we have been honored to serve those communities. We will continue serving local congregations as they meet the spiritual needs of their neighbors.”
– Acting President and CEO Brad Waggoner in a prepared statement
The company, which is the publishing arm of the Southern Baptist Convention, will shift all operations online. Founded in 1891, Lifeway sells Bibles, Christian movies, and books and church supplies.
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