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Canada’s Largest Christian Bookstore Tendered For Sale

Scott's Parable Christian Book Store

After selling the Scott’s Parable store in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, the Scott family has announced their intention to sell their location in Red Deer, Alberta — Canada’s largest Christian retail store —  before the present lease expires at the end of August.  An undated story in Calgary’s City Light News we learned:

…If the 15,000-square-foot Scott’s Parable Christian Store in Red Deer can’t find a new owner, its 62-year legacy will end on August 29, 2015.

But with the recent sale of their sister store in Saskatchewan, there is still hope for the Central Alberta location.

A local family with retail and marketing experience bought the 10,000-square-foot Saskatoon store, explained manager Jim Pearson. “As of January 2, 2015, it’s not going to be Scott’s Parable; it’s going to be Kennedy’s Parable. So all the staff will be staying…just the name has changed.”

A similar scenario in Red Deer would be ideal, said Pearson. “That keeps the ministry going.”…

The store is located halfway between Edmonton and Calgary and more than half of all monthly traffic is people making the 90 minute drive from either city. The loss of the store would leave a huge gap in the province.  The story continues:

“It’s God that changes someone’s heart. It’s God that brings answers to the questions people are looking for,” Pearson mused. “We’re the ones who are privileged to be part of that process.”

With no buyers on the immediate horizon, plans are being made for the store’s final days.

“We want to go out with a godly character, where everyone gets paid. That’s why we’re deciding to shut down now,” Pearson explained. “If we decided to renew our lease for five years and only made it through three, the only option is bankruptcy. Then people don’t get paid and the landlord gets defaulted on the lease. That’s just not a good expression of how we’ve tried to honour Christ in all we’ve done all these years.”

Continue reading here.

Additional coverage in a pre-Christmas story at The Red Deer Advocate

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  1. Gwen
    January 16, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    Did you know that Blessings Christian Marketplace in Edmonton is closing?

    • January 16, 2015 at 1:36 pm

      We are ‘sitting’ on that story right now, for a couple of reasons. As soon as something is posted on a major website that we can link readers to, we’ll post it. It’s not just Edmonton, but that store has already vacated their property.

      • Heidi
        January 21, 2015 at 11:28 pm

        Why is it so quiet? I hope that they are just reorganizing or something…..not what it seems.

  2. Joseph
    January 16, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    Here’s more news:

    Are you interested in ownership in a Christian Book Store here in Toronto?
    Due to some changes in our management team Faith Family Books has an opportunity for you to own or be a partner in Canada’s third largest Christian book and gift store. For more information contact Larry Willard: 416-573-3249 or lwillard@faithfamilybooks.ca

    • January 16, 2015 at 2:50 pm

      Thanks for sending that, I was just sent a copy of it a few minutes ago by another reader. I’m hoping Larry will send us more info down the road, so we can flesh it out into a full story.

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