Cokesbury at 612 Washington St. E. in downtown Charleston is among 57 Cokesbury "brick-and-mortar" stores across the country slated for closure.
The closings were reported Wednesday in the United Methodist News Daily Digest, an online publication of the United Methodist News Service.
The article says the United Methodist Publishing House board's decision to close 57 stores includes 19 seminary stores and affects about 285 full- and part-time employees.
The manager of the local Cokesbury store said she was to refer all questions to United Methodist Publishing House in Nashville, Tenn.
Amy Campbell Smith, spokeswoman for United Methodist Publishing House, said the Charleston location is the only Cokesbury store in West Virginia and has four employees. An exact closing date for that store has not yet been determined, she said.
"The decision to close the local stores was not taken lightly or without prayerful consideration of all the factors," she said. "There are multiple forces that drive the decision."
She named the rise of online and catalog sales, decline of store sales, and rising costs of sustaining store operations.
"The sum of all local stores' revenue has not covered store expenses," she said. "Operating at an ever-increasing financial loss is simply not possible."