All 170 LifeWay Christian Resources stores are set to close this year, including three in central Ohio.
The organization cited fewer customers and lower sales as a reason for shuttering the stores, though it will maintain online sales and services.
LifeWay Christian Resources, based in Nashville and owner of the stores, said it plans to focus on its digital strategy instead of brick-and-mortar stores, as it interacts with five times more people online in a month than in stores, according to a release from the nonprofit, a provider of Christian resources and research, as well as a publisher of books and Bibles.
The three stores in Columbus include one at 8735 Lyra Drive near Polaris Fashion Place, one at 1657 Georgesville Square Drive on the far West Side and one in Reynoldsburg at 2363 Taylor Park Drive.
The organization, founded in 1891, sells Bibles, books, children’s products, Christian music, movies, gifts, church supplies and other items in its stores. It still will have products for sale on LifeWay.com, directly through church partners and through its customer service center.
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