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Family Christian Stores, 715 Fashion Drive Suite 6: April 2017   9 comments

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Well, as has been noted in Have Your Say a good many times already, Family Christian Stores is closings all of the chains stores and going into liquidation.

USA Today has a good overview, and Gleanings has a bit more detail and Christian business community focus.

I had thought I recalled that this chain started as Zondervan (who once had a store at Columbia Mall though I never did a closing), and these articles confirm it. The Zondervan brothers founded the business in 1931, giving them an 85 year run, which is certainly not bad. In 2012, the current management brought out the already money losing business and reorganized as a non-profit, but even on that basis the cash flow was not enough, and the chain filed for Chapter 11 in 2015, but even with shedding a lot of debt, the re-organization never was able to stay above water and apparently a lot of the debt shed was owed to small enterprises which could not afford to stay in business without the owed payments, so a bad situation all the way around.

(Hat tip to commenter Andrew I think)

Written by ted on March 27th, 2017

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  1. No offense to anyone, but if secular brick and mortar book stores like B&N and BAM can't make it then what chance does a niche store have? Many denominations deal directly with publishers and printers that adhere to their individual doctrines and isms. The only people that I ever new that shopped in these stores were looking for items that were non-denominational.

    Homer

    27 Mar 17 at 11:55 pm

  2. I see you took a picture of the new store TITLE. Does anyone know what that is going to be? I just can't see a title loan shop in Sandhills.

    Sidney

    28 Mar 17 at 9:11 am

  3. @Sidney: It's a boxing club (http://www.titleboxingclubcolumbia.com/sandhill)

    Rob

    28 Mar 17 at 10:49 am

  4. @Sidney - that would be a sure sign that Sandhills was on a downhill slide!!!

    Homer

    28 Mar 17 at 4:46 pm

  5. This is one of 3 Columbia-area Family Christian stores closing up shop as part of a chain that once has 281 locations nationwide.

    Apparently the one at 275 Harbison Blvd. (where Footaction USA is now) was one of about 40 that closed initially (but never featured here).

    Articles I found indicated that they were down to around 240 locations nationwide but this one and one in Lexington are among those to go (this is the first of those to feature here).

    The Title place sounded familiar and once Rob mentioned that it was a boxing club it dawned on me that there is another one of those places at the intersection of Bower Parkway & Park Terrace Drive in a little strip of buildings next door to Adacemy Sports + Outdoors & Guitar Center...

    Andrew

    28 Mar 17 at 5:47 pm

  6. Has anyone heard anything about Richland Mall and if it's gonna be torn down? I've heard people from the Columbia Childrens Theater say that everything on the left and right side of the Old White's Building, is going to be torn down. Any ideas?

    Del Bazemore

    28 Mar 17 at 6:44 pm

  7. @Del -- tearing the place down strikes me as a very expensive proposition.

    ted

    28 Mar 17 at 11:52 pm

  8. @Del - haven't heard a thing about this.

    Homer

    29 Mar 17 at 12:04 am

  9. I really hate to hear this. Their 5.00 deals were great for Christmas and birthday gifts and they always had the best coupons. So, is it closed now and if not what is the last day? Thanks

    Steph

    24 Apr 17 at 9:52 am

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