The local store carries a variety of merchandise such as Bibles, study books, music, children's books, toys, gift items, clerical collars, bookmarks and greeting cards.
The UMNS article reports the closings came on the heels of increased online shopping by consumers.
The Publishing House has launched an initiative called CokesburyNext. Customers are encouraged to go online at Cokesbury.com to shop. By early 2013, the Cokesbury Call Center is to be open 24 hours a day, six days a week. The number is 800-672-1989.
Plans also call for Cokesbury representatives to attend more special church events such as annual conferences and vacation Bible schools.
Closing dates for Cokesbury stores will depend upon local circumstances such as lease expirations. However, all locations are to end business no later than April 30, 2013.
The United Methodist Publishing House was founded in 1789, receives no general church funds, and operates as a self-supporting nonprofit. The Cokesbury retail division is named for the first two United Methodist bishops in the United States, Thomas Coke and Francis Asbury.
Go to CokesburyNext.com for more information.
Contact writer Charlotte Ferrell Smith at charlo...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1246.