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Marriott Hotel and Office Tower Planned on Former UMPH Site

According the the Tennessean reported today, the new owners plan to break ground in the summer of 2017 on a 35 story office building. Speculation plans had been that condos would be built in place of the former UMPH building.

Closing time – Cokesbury staff, patrons facing stores’ final days

DALLAS—Julie Chapman doesn’t really have time for sentimentality these days, given that she’s following a six-page email on how to close the Cokesbury store here. The going-out-of-business sale is underway, and Ms. Chapman, as store manager, is charged with selling just about everything, including bookshelves, before the doors lock for good on April 20. Still, […]

Wrap It Up! Books on faith still gladden hearts at Christmas

By Sam Hodges, Managing Editor and Mary Jacobs, Staff Writer… Getting pleasantly lost in a bookstore isn’t easy to do anymore. Bookstores have continued to close as readers and publishers embrace online book sales, digital books and e-readers. The recent announcement by the United Methodist Publishing House that all Cokesbury stores will be shuttered by […]

Closing Cokesbury stores is wrenching but necessary

By Neil Alexander, Special Contributor… Winston Churchill said, “To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.” A colleague reminded me that one can either change and grow and adapt or change and die; but either way we are going to change.  At Cokesbury we have embarked on a path of major […]

Christian retailing group president ‘not necessarily surprised’ by Cokesbury closings

On Monday, the United Methodist Publishing House shook up Methodism by announcing it would close all of its Cokesbury stores, which Methodist clergy and laity – as well other mainline Protestants – have patronized for generations. Many United Methodists reacted negatively to the news, but UMPH said the closings are essential, given that so much bookselling […]

Breaking News – Cokesbury bookstores to close

The United Methodist Publishing House will be closing all its Cokesbury retail stores, and investing in enhancing its online store and the Cokesbury Toll-free Call Center, Neil Alexander, UMPH president, confirmed this afternoon. A press release below gives some details. Below that is another UMPH release, anticipating questions about the move. UNITED METHODIST PUBLISHING HOUSE LAUNCHES COKESBURY TRANSITION […]