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United Methodist Publisher to Close Entire Bookstore Chain

The Tennesseean reports:

The United Methodist Publishing House plans to close its Cokesbury retail bookstores nationwide, including in Nashville, to focus on selling online and through its call center.

From January through April, all 38 standalone retail stores, including the one off Eighth Avenue South near downtown Nashville, and 19 stores at seminaries across the country will close, the company announced Monday.

Across the chain, about 185 full-time employees plus more than 100 part-time workers will lose their jobs as the company redirects its resources toward other sales channels as part of an initiative it calls CokesburyNext . …

…Though the brick-and-mortar stores are closing, Cokesbury plans to increase staff at its Nashville call center beyond the current 60 to accommodate the expected increase in sales through the telephone. Starting on Jan. 1, the call center will operate 24 hours, six days a week, up from the current 11.5 hours on weekdays and eight hours on Saturday. …

…Overall, United Methodist Publishing House employs about 650 people in Nashville at the Cokesbury retail division and its publishing arm Abingdon Press. The 57 bookstore locations to be shut down are spread across 25 states and in Washington, D.C.

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