Despite strong competition from online booksellers, Christian stores sales were up 3% in 2013 compared to 2012. In addition, 18 new Christian bookstores opened in 2013, and 63% have been in business more than 15 years.
Retail sales is a challenging business. According to the Small Business Administration, about 550,000 small businesses close each year. Less than 50% of small businesses successfully make it past 4 years of operation.
With that in mind, remember that there are lots of reasons to buy books online, but — just as we like to support local, family-owned agriculture — there are good reasons to shop locally at Christian book stores.
Here is a list of 12 “Religious Bookstores” in or near Asheville.
Contact John Russo if you know of other Christian book stores in the area or if this list should be modified in any way. firstname.lastname@example.org