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(The Consumerist)   Retail chain Family Christian to close after 85 years. No resurrection planned   ( consumerist.com) divider line
    More: Fail, Family Christian, Bankruptcy, Liquidation, Retailing, company, bankruptcy protection, bankruptcy protection filing, private equity firms  
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2017-03-15 09:18:05 AM  
I always wondered what they sold in those stores. I'm Catholic and I've never been sent to the store by the priest for supplies.
 
2017-03-15 10:16:50 AM  

feckingmorons: I always wondered what they sold in those stores. I'm Catholic and I've never been sent to the store by the priest for supplies.


This particular outfit was primarily a bookstore. They sold other random stuff like Barnes and Noble sells other random stuff, but it's all Christian themed.

The fact that they've outlived so many of the major book retailers actually shows that they served a meaningful niche and were relatively well managed.

The Catholic Supply is a whole different outfit entirely. I don't think they've ever been for-profit.
 
2017-03-15 10:26:23 AM  

feckingmorons: I always wondered what they sold in those stores. I'm Catholic and I've never been sent to the store by the priest for supplies.


They sell graven images and idols.  You know, the stuff God said not to have.
 
2017-03-15 10:57:42 AM  
img.fark.net
 
2017-03-15 10:57:50 AM  
Where is your god shopping now?
 
2017-03-15 10:58:24 AM  

ralphjr: [img.fark.net image 425x316]


beat me by that much....*tiny shaking fist*
 
2017-03-15 11:51:02 AM  
They have signs up around the one near my house offering 50% off.  I don't really need any Christian books, but if you do, that sounds like a pretty sweet deal.  Half off your Christian study guides leaves you a lot more money to spend on hookers and blow.
 
2017-03-15 11:56:12 AM  
So 30% off plastic Jesus.
 
2017-03-15 11:57:19 AM  
Whar "And nothing of value was lost?"  Whar?
 
2017-03-15 11:58:45 AM  
So the time has come? And they know that they're the only ones to say ... O.K.

/motorin'
 
2017-03-15 11:59:29 AM  
Hallelujah!  More real estate for Radio Shack!
 
2017-03-15 12:04:33 PM  

feckingmorons: I always wondered what they sold in those stores. I'm Catholic and I've never been sent to the store by the priest for supplies.


Your sent to Condoms & More instead??
 
2017-03-15 12:10:31 PM  

Cheron: So 30% off plastic Jesus.


not plastic, but chocolate
Tom Waits - Chocolate Jesus
Youtube 1wfamPW3Eaw
 
2017-03-15 12:11:38 PM  
i1.kym-cdn.com
 
2017-03-15 12:13:35 PM  
"The company proposed a restructuring plan, but it was met with objections by publishers who claimed the terms unfairly benefited the owner of Family Christian."

HA HA!
 
2017-03-15 12:21:32 PM  
You know if they had just branched out and written a few new gospels...but NO...

/Mormons for the win?
 
2017-03-15 12:28:01 PM  
Glory to Amazon in the Primest!

And lo Amazon begat Amazon Prime, which begat Amazon Prime now, which begat Amazon Restaurants..

And there was much wailing and gnashing of teeth, and of book stores, and other retailers, and they covered themselves in sackcloth and ash, and threw themselves on the ground and wept.
 
2017-03-15 12:30:16 PM  

Nogrhi: Where is your god shopping now?


The god you pray to is too busy being indicted for tax fraud
 
2017-03-15 12:40:44 PM  
I guess their business model went obsolete when you could get Super 3-D Noah's Ark on Steam.
 
2017-03-15 12:42:22 PM  

max_pooper: Nogrhi: Where is your god shopping now?

The god you pray to is too busy being indicted for tax fraud


Josh, you are so getting fired for that.
 
2017-03-15 12:56:26 PM  

feckingmorons: I always wondered what they sold in those stores. I'm Catholic and I've never been sent to the store by the priest for supplies.


Priest socks,
 
2017-03-15 12:57:01 PM  

facepalm.jpg: feckingmorons: I always wondered what they sold in those stores. I'm Catholic and I've never been sent to the store by the priest for supplies.

This particular outfit was primarily a bookstore. They sold other random stuff like Barnes and Noble sells other random stuff, but it's all Christian themed.

The fact that they've outlived so many of the major book retailers actually shows that they served a meaningful niche and were relatively well managed.

The Catholic Supply is a whole different outfit entirely. I don't think they've ever been for-profit.


Just for-prophet.
 
2017-03-15 01:04:11 PM  
Didn't anyone pray for the store?
 
2017-03-15 01:50:37 PM  
How is Sister Christian taking it?
 
2017-03-15 02:19:17 PM  

Arkanaut: How is Sister Christian taking it?


She'll be alright - tonight.
 
2017-03-15 02:19:24 PM  
I've never heard of this outfit, but I guess they have 240 locations. Probably not many up here in NY though. :checks: no, not one in the whole state.

Well, I guess they had a good run, 85 years. Brick and mortar book stores have had a rough decade or two, Borders folded years ago along with their subsidiary Waldenbooks. And B. Dalton bit the big one. And Media Play, though they weren't as heavily focused on books if I recall correctly.
 
2017-03-15 02:25:48 PM  
85 years in business is not a fail, sub. And no, I'm not religious.

I did know the daughter of an owner of Christian supply stores. She was smoking hot and crazy. That was the first time I heard my Dad describe one of my female peers as 'built for speed'. Shocking
 
2017-03-15 03:03:35 PM  

feckingmorons: I always wondered what they sold in those stores. I'm Catholic and I've never been sent to the store by the priest for supplies.


At this one site I was at we got a catalog for holy vestments, robes, shirts, collars, habits, candles. Pretty much anything you needed for your church and it was in there and we had nothing to do with religion.
 
2017-03-15 03:11:27 PM  
anythinghorror.files.wordpress.com
 
2017-03-15 03:33:54 PM  
FTA - "By 2012, the company was owned by private equity firms and was sold back to Family Christian. "
The private equity sale was most likely the beginning of the end. I'll bet good money that it was bought out, saddled with debt, and then sold back to the original owners.
 
2017-03-15 03:45:06 PM  
They're just closing briefly, remodeling the stores and opening as American Jewery Stores
 
2017-03-15 04:26:44 PM  

Nogrhi: Where is your god shopping now?


Amazon.
 
2017-03-15 05:59:38 PM  
Generations of people squandering tens of thousand of labor hours, billions of dollars and acres upon acres of wasted space on a bunch of imaginary bullshiat they think is real. What a waste. At least if it were a bunch of theme parks the people spending their time and money there would understand they were spending it on imaginary bullshiat.
 
2017-03-15 06:40:18 PM  
fark these delusional assholes.
 
2017-03-15 06:41:00 PM  

alechemist: Nogrhi: Where is your god shopping now?

Amazon.


Amazon is the pantheon.  The chief God is named Bezos.
 
2017-03-15 06:41:38 PM  

Almost-ready: 85 years in business is not a fail, sub. And no, I'm not religious.

I did know the daughter of an owner of Christian supply stores. She was smoking hot and crazy. That was the first time I heard my Dad describe one of my female peers as 'built for speed'. Shocking


Pics or gtfo
 
2017-03-15 07:10:35 PM  

Rand Paul's Anus is Leaking: Almost-ready: 85 years in business is not a fail, sub. And no, I'm not religious.

I did know the daughter of an owner of Christian supply stores. She was smoking hot and crazy. That was the first time I heard my Dad describe one of my female peers as 'built for speed'. Shocking

Pics or gtfo


img.fark.net

of course I didn't just GIS: angry girl bikini
of course

/Angry Girl Bikini is my all girl punk Beach Boys cover band
//I'm the manager
///Who the Fark Know What I'd Be Without You
 
2017-03-15 07:13:57 PM  
It has been years, no, decades since I've been in a Christian book store.  The one thing I remember about them is they weren't ashamed to mark their merchandise up past the point of good taste.   No surprise that format would find difficult times in the age of Amazon.
 
2017-03-15 09:41:14 PM  
Wow .... gun stores' business is off and now here's a Christian books & gifts chain going under.

You'd'a thought Mrs Clinton had won and ushered in an era of secular humanistic enlightenment.
 
2017-03-16 01:32:58 AM  

Ambivalence: They sell graven images and idols


img.fark.net

Meh.  It could be worse.
 
2017-03-16 05:55:40 AM  
Meh. Give three days, then see if they're back.
 
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