LifeWay closing all brick-and-mortar Christian bookstores

LifeWay Christian Resources is closing all its remaining physical bookstores this year, the Nashville-based company announced Wednesday.

That includes its stores in the Local 6 area, which are in Paducah, Carterville, Illinois, and Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

The company currently has 170 brick-and-mortar stores. In January, LifeWay announced it would close some stores because of waning sales. In Wednesday’s announcement, acting President and CEO Brad Waggoner is quoted as saying “While we had hoped to keep some stores open, current market projections show this is no longer a viable option.”

LifeWay says store closing sales are expected to take a couple of months to complete.

In addition to a chain of stores, LifeWay is also a Southern Baptist publishing company. The company says it will continue to sell its Bibles, worship plans, religious reference books, Christian music and other materials through it’s website,

The company says as part of its digital strategy going forward, it will also offer online Bible studies, worship planning, training opportunities and livestreaming events.

For answers from LifeWay to questions individual and church customers may have about discounts, billing, gift cards and other customer service topics affected by the store closures, click here.