Saturday, April 18, 2015

Special news in the store...

There is a passage, Psalm 33:10, that we have taken to heart: “The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to nothing: he frustrates the plans of the peoples.” (NRSV) Loosely interpreted, it could be said that “people make plans while God just laughs!”

Such is the case with plans of our own. Intending to retire after 23 years of service to Episcopalians and other spiritually-minded people as owners of The Episcopal Bookstore, we began to negotiate with a young couple (who seemed a lot like us when we first purchased the business). As much as we thought them to be a good fit as our successors, and as much as they were passionate about the opportunity, they were unable to acquire the necessary funding. So our search for new owners begins anew!

Might you know someone who would love to combine their faith with a business that enriches the spiritual lives of others?

The key ingredients that will contribute to the success of a new owners are all in place: a loyal customer base, a dedicated, hard-working staff, the technology tools to remain current and relevant, and a stellar reputation that attracts customers from near and far. Besides, we’re willing to stay on as needed, serving in an advisory role to ensure a smooth transition.

What it takes is someone who shares our passion for the bookstore as a personal ministry, someone who genuinely loves people and wants to be of service, and who can lead a team of employees with good judgment and business sense. Offering a reasonable amount for the business (based on a professional valuation of its worth) and having the means to fund the acquisition would be essential as well.

The reason we’re contacting you directly is not only to express our gratitude and appreciation for your support, but also recognizing that the best candidate may come from within our circle. If you know a family member or a friend who is ready for a change of pace – who would enjoy being the owner of a vibrant and fulfilling business that could easily be relocated to just about any community with a strong Episcopal base, please forward this message to them.

To learn more about the opportunity to become The Episcopal Bookstore’s new owner, please contact our friends and colleagues at the Bookstore Training Group of Paz & Associates at (904) 277-2664 or by email at They can not only let you know more about our business and its potential, but also can provide you with the necessary training and education to succeed as a bookstore owner.

Thank you so much for your continued patronage and for your interest in having The Episcopal Bookstore able to serve more generations for years to come.

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