In light of recent news regarding the closing of Cedar Springs Christian Store in Knoxville, Tennessee, storeowner Vicki Geist confirmed the store will remain open for an undisclosed amount of time. “Our plan now is to keep inventory coming and not close for a few to several months,” said Geist in a recent statement to CBA. “We really are not sure about a timeframe [for closing]. We are just letting God lead.” Geist continued, “I just know that at this time, God clearly said to take this step of faith and trust Him with it. We know that He has a plan for the future, but we don’t know what that looks like right now.”
Plans are still in place for an eventual closing, however. Geist provided the following statement to the industry:
“After 42 years of serving God in Christian retail, we are working toward closing our doors. When mom and dad opened the first store in 1976, they had no idea what God would do through them and the effect that this store would have on the people in the East Tennessee area.
“They opened the original store in a 1200 square foot space. Over the years, adjacent walls were removed to allow that small store to grow and accommodate the growing customer base. Finally, in 1995, it was time to make a big move. Dad bought land and built a 35,000 square foot building with 17,000 square feet of selling space. Over the years, there have been 7 locations of Cedar Springs stores in the East Tennessee area.
“I believe God had a calling on dad’s life for this ministry and it has become a calling for our family. While it is sad to see this come to an end, we know that God is in this also and we are excited to see what the next step will be.
“The last 10 years have truly been a challenge to say the least. With the growth of on-line shopping and direct sales to the publishers, we have come to a point that we can no longer keep our doors open. It has truly been a privilege and honor to serve in this industry alongside so many of you. We have met some of our closest friends over the years working side by side, sharing ideas and meals and even hotel rooms. We will miss working with CBA stores, publishers and others in our industry but will carry those great memories and friendships wherever God leads.”