Canada’s Largest Christian Bookstore Tendered For Sale
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.”
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Additional coverage in a pre-Christmas story at The Red Deer Advocate