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LifeWay Christian is closing all its brick-and-mortar stores

LifeWay Christian will be closing all its brick-and-mortar stores this year.

The Nashville-based bookstore is a retailer for bibles, Christian books, Christian music and other Christian items and has been in business since 1891. The company is closing its stores to transition into a digital-only retailer, selling items via its website and through its network of churches.

There are currently 170 LifeWay Christian stores all over the country, with 23 in Texas. There are five in Dallas-Fort Worth, including the store at 5900 SW Loop 820 in Fort Worth and the store in the Shops at Northeast in Hurst.

The timeline of the closings will depend on individual stores, based on the lease agreements the stores are under.

LifeWay is the second major Christian materials retailer to fold to online pressure. In 2017 Family Christian closed all 240 of its stores after years of flagging sales.

Carla Jimenez covers breaking business news and commercial retail development. Born and raised in Euless, she took a detour in the Midwest for a few years, but she’s back in the land of football, barbecue and Dr Pepper.