Eleventh Hour Plan Gives Red Deer’s Parable Store New Life
As reported in the October, 2015 issue of Calgary’s City Light News*
by Doris Fleck
Scott’s Parable Christian Store will continue its legacy in Red Deer with new owners and a new name in time for Christmas shopping.
Previously Canada’s largest Christian retail outlet, an eleventh hour plan to open a scaled-down version of the store was engineered in late August.
Manager Jim Pearson explained the new owners of the 15,000-square-foot building in Gasoline Alley didn’t require the entire facility for their Tae Kwan Do studio. The front 6,000 square feet remained available.
So Pearson contacted the Kennedy family who bought the Parable store in Saskatoon and encouraged them to team up with Assistant Manager Vanessa Anderson.
Within 24 hours, the Kennedys agreed to form a partnership with Anderson. As soon as Scott’s closes on October 3, renovations will begin with the goal of launching the new Kennedy’s Parable Christian Store in early November.
“I am ecstatic. I’ve always wanted to do something like this,” Anderson explained. “I’ve been working here for 13 years, and I’ve been Jim’s assistant manager for the last two.’’
As the announcement was made during a special “service of gratitude” at Scott’s on August 29, Anderson said, “Literally in the last three days everything has come together.”
…Although the store will be able to keep the front entrance, cash register area and storage space immediately upstairs, new washrooms and a shipping/ receiving room will have to be added. Anderson will have her office above the checkout counter and is already ordering inventory.
…“All the staff that are still here, about 10 of them, will be coming on board with me… God is so good. Everything is going so smoothly.” Anderson said that as store manager she will continue many of the things Pearson implemented, including daily devotions with the staff. “My goal is to carry on with what has worked,” Anderson explained. “I give a lot of credit to Jim too because he has been coaching me for 13 years.”
Former store owners Gerry & Jan Scott gave Anderson their blessing and she said, “That meant a lot. Learning under Jim and working with the Scott’s, that’s priceless to me.”
…Located along the main traffic corridor between Calgary and Edmonton, the majority of customers have come from the provinces two largest cities. “It will continue to be Alberta’s Christian bookstore,” Pearson said. “People have been coming through these doors for 15 years and finding Christian product and it’s exciting that they will still be able to do so. God will honour it.”
* Scroll down to page 2 of City Light News for the full, unedited transcript of this story