Crossover Retailers Cover the Basics
As we work our way through the United States this week, it’s interesting to see how market segments are being covered in places where Christian bookstores have disappeared.
For books and Bibles, the discount chain Ollies has become the default Christian bookstore in many cities and towns. We saw a lot of Baker and HarperCollins (TNI & ZDV) merchandise this time but not so much from Broadman, Waterbrook, or Harvest House. If the city is larger, Barnes and Noble and Books-A-Million offer Christian books, but the selection is unfiltered, and often shelved with other religions or general self-help.
For greeting cards and giftware, Hobby Lobby has it covered with a full Dayspring display in each store, plus the other giftware that they carry that often carries a religious theme.
Music and DVD coverage takes a greater hit, as that type of store is experience closings parallel to what is happening in Christian bookstores.