|Former CBA chairman to close New Life stores|
|Monday, 30 July 2012 11:05 AM EDT|
New Life Christian Stores owners Jim and Bonnie Whitaker are retiring after more than 23 years of serving Central Virginia.
“We feel God has something else He wants us to do,” they said in a store Facebook post. “With growing competition and a weak economy, we do not believe it is His will for us to struggle to make ends meet. Therefore, we will be closing New Life Christian Store the end of August. Our sons, Stuart and Todd, are seeking other employment, and any references will be greatly appreciated. We covet your prayers as we make this transition and seek God's plan for each member of our family.”
While closing their Lynchburg and Forest, Va., stores, the Whitakers will keep New Life Laser Engraving in operation at another location.
In 2009, Whitaker, who served as CBA chairman until fall 2010, closed his store’s larger location, citing competition from LifeWay and Barnes & Noble nearby.
Other stores that have closed recently include Kira’s Cottage in Franklin, Ind.; Come to the Waters Christian Books and Music in Alabaster, Ala.; and Place of Grace Christian Bookstore in Princeton, W.Va.