Christian Retailing

NEWSLETTERS Current Issue Family Christian Stores acquired by management team, investors
Family Christian Stores acquired by management team, investors PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 15 November 2012 02:58 PM EST

Family Christian Stores announced today that its management team has partnered with a group of Atlanta-based Christian businessmen to acquire the company from its private equity owners.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed involving the nation's largest Christian retail chain with 280 stores in 36 states. Family Christian reported that while its ownership structure and financial purpose has changed, there will be no impact on its core operations, stores or staff.

Under the new ownership, the Grand Rapids, Mich., chain has pledged to contribute 100% of its profits to Christian causes, specifically ministries serving widows and orphans both in the U.S. and abroad.

Family Christian's James Fund charity was founded in 2003, sponsoring mission trips with staff and giving more than $2 million to organizations and projects caring for widows and orphans, company officials said.

The new ownership structure will allow Family Christian to not only equip Christians in their daily walk, but also to increase the chain's impact by providing substantial financial support to faith-based causes.

"The management team and our investors are buying Family Christian because of our shared belief that the company is uniquely positioned to be both a best-in-class Christian retailer and a significant source of financial support to help those in need," said Cliff Bartow, president and CEO of Family Christian. "While we have long been committed to giving to Christian causes, we felt called to multiply our impact.

"We have been on a journey for several years to find potential like-minded Christian owners who share our passion and calling, and believe it's the providence and sovereignty of God that we met and now partner with our new co-owners," he added.

The investment group comprised of the three businessmen includes Richard L. Jackson, founder and CEO of Jackson Healthcare, the nation's third-largest health care staffing company; Larry Powell, president of Powell Family Enterprises, a private equity investment company; and Michael Kendrick, founder of Blueprint for Life and Ministry Ventures, a nonprofit organization dedicated to launching new ministries.

"Each of these men have been blessed with professional success and share a mutual calling to give back to help those in need," Bartow said. "This alignment of business acumen and Christian calling led them to the collective decision to join with us to acquire Family Christian and move it from an organization that contributes 10% of its profits to one that contributes 100% of its profits to faith-based charities and ministries.

"It is the hope of all involved that this transition can be a model of Christian business and ministry excellence that can be replicated by other organizations that wish to use their business resources to maximize kingdom impact," he added.

The chain has "ambitious plans" to grow its revenue and increase financial support for ministries around the world, including maintaining store update efforts and looking at new product assortments and resources to better meet the lifestyle needs of customers, company officials said.

"We are excited about what this ownership change means for our customers, staff and vendor partners who join us in the ongoing Christian pursuit of putting faith into action," Bartow said. "In many ways, we are returning to our roots as a Christian, family-owned business focused on making a significant impact in helping those in need.

William Blair & Co. served as financial advisor to the investors.

 
Read the Vacation Bible School 2014 guide

In this current issue:

‘Heaven’ opening weekend proves faith-based films are for real

News image

Heaven Is for Real earned $21.5 million at the box...

READ MORE

Christian Small Publisher book award winners emerge from ‘competitive’ slate

News image

The results are in for the 2014 Christian Small Publisher Book...

READ MORE

James Dobson wins Obamacare contraceptive battle

News image

Dr. James Dobson and his Family Talk radio ministry have...

READ MORE

Baker titles lead Christy Awards nominations

News image

Baker Publishing Group books received 10 Christy Awards nominations, the...

READ MORE

Curb to expand reach of Word’s faith films

News image

Curb Entertainment will distribute Word Entertainment’s faith-based films outside of...

READ MORE

The Isaacs clean up at Absolutely Gospel Music Awards

News image

The Isaacs won five awards at the 2014 Absolutely Gospel...

READ MORE

Social media helps drive demand for FaithWords devotional

News image

FaithWords is increasing its first printing run for Jesus Daily...

READ MORE

‘Living Bible’ to receive first-ever Quadruple Diamond Award

News image

The Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) will present Diamond Awards...

READ MORE

Jack Countryman, late Brennan Manning to receive Lifetime Achievement awards

News image

The Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) will present Jordon Lifetime...

READ MORE

Multimillion-selling ‘90 Minutes in Heaven’ to get 10th-anniversary edition

News image

Baker Publishing Group is celebrating sales of more than 6...

READ MORE

MercyMe album lands highest ‘Billboard 200’ debut of week

News image

MercyMe’s Welcome to the New nabs the highest debut of the...

READ MORE

Beverly Lewis’ latest becomes ‘New York Times’ best-seller

News image

Amish-fiction pioneer Beverly Lewis’ The Last Bride (Bethany House/Baker Publishing Group) debuted at No....

READ MORE
100%
-
+
0
Show options

a