United Methodists Close Cokesbury Bookstores


The United Method Church is closing all of its retail stores plus 19 seminary stores. Cokesbury stores will close based on local circumstances, such as lease expiration dates, with all current locations ending business no later than April 30, 2013.

The United Methodist Publishing House (UMPH) was founded in 1789, and the faithful have been buying Bibles and Christian books at their Cokesbury Bookstores for over 200 years. The Cokesbury stores were named for the first two United Methodist bishops in the United States, Thomas Coke and Francis Asbury.

UMPH President and Publisher Neil Alexander said, “Cokesbury has been serving for more than 200 years, and during that time has continuously adapted to the changing landscape affecting congregations and their leaders. A shift toward all things digital and the convenience of placing orders at any time is the reality of Cokesbury today. It is difficult to see the closure of Cokesbury local stores, but doing so will allow us to make a greater investment in the ways of shopping with Cokesbury that customers increasingly prefer.”

Officials emphasized that Cokesbury is not going out of business. The Cokesbury identity continues at their website. Cokesbury customers can order  the resources they need via the website or by calling the Cokesbury call center at 1-800-672-1789. They are also increasing their focus on an expanding network of Cokesbury sales representatives and enhancing their Cokesbury Events emphasis to ensure that customer needs are met.

Published on: Nov 11, 2012

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