Christian Bookstores are Not Dead; Resilient Indies Carry On

Christian Bookstores are Not Dead; Resilient Indies Carry On Contrary to news headlines and the perception of some, bookstores are not dead and gone. With LifeWay’s announcement that it will close all 170 stores by the end of 2019, preceded by Family Christian going bankrupt and closing 240 stores in 2016, it naturally raises questions about the viability of Christian bookstores. Retailing and publishing are industries undergoing radical transformations, and the rise of Amazon has made a big impact on…

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The Parable Store in Arroyo Grande is Under New Ownership

The Parable Store in Arroyo Grande is Under New Ownership Contact: Alec Bleher Tel. (805) 543-2644 alec.bleher@parable.com (January 23, 2017) As of January 1, The Parable store in Arroyo Grande, CA is under the ownership of experienced Christian bookstore owners Dave and Heather Wilke. The pair purchased the 2,600 square-foot store from longtime owners Steve and Laurie Potratz, who have operated it since 1981. “It’s been a tremendous privilege for Laurie and me to serve the people and churches of the…

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