Earlier this year, LifeWay Christian Resources announced it would close its 170 brick and mortar stores in 2019.
Recently, “Store Closing” signs have gone up at the LifeWay bookstore at 1725 Galleria Boulevard in Franklin. Items are discounted anywhere from 25 – 50 percent and the store anticipates closing for good by the first week of August. All items are included in the sale, including furniture, fixtures, and equipment.
LifeWay expects all brick-and-mortar stores to close by the end of the year.
In January 2019, LifeWay announced it would reduce the number of its retail locations due to declining customer traffic and sales. “While we had hoped to keep some stores open, current market projections show this is no longer a viable option,” Waggoner said in a release.
“The decision to close our local stores is a difficult one,” Waggoner said. “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.”
In operation since 1891, LifeWay offers a comprehensive selection of Bibles, books, Scripture reference tools, Bible studies, children’s products, Christian music and movies, gifts and church supplies. Additional items including church signs, furnishings and buses, as well as background checks, electronic giving and other services are available through LifeWay’s OneSource program at LifeWay.com/OneSource. LifeWay also hosts a number of camps and events throughout the year for all age groups.
As part of the organization’s strategy, LifeWay has introduced a number of digital resources including online Bible studies, worship planning, live streaming of events and online training opportunities.
Like other retailers, over the last decade, the organization has seen commerce increasingly move online while experiencing overall growth in digital sales.The organization will continue to offer a broad selection of resources through LifeWay.com and the LifeWay Customer Service Center (1-800-458-2772). LifeWay Customer Service hours are Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Central). LifeWay will also continue to serve customers through its network of church partners who work directly with churches.
Hours of operation for the Cool Springs store will remain unchanged for now, Monday – Saturday 9 a – 9 p. More information about store closings is available at LifeWay.com/StoreFAQs.