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World's Largest Christian Book Store Opens in the USA
08 Apr 2000 02:10:07
April 8, 2000
Adventist Press Service (APD)
Christian B. Schaeffler, Editor-in-chief
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World's Largest Christian Book Store Opens in
Silver Spring, Maryland, USA. After 39 years at
its crowded 11,000 square-foot building in Takoma
Park, Maryland, the Potomac Adventist Book and
Health Food Store will celebrate the grand opening
of its new facility on April 9.
In the new location, the store, already cited by
Christian Retail Magazine as the largest Christian
book store in sales, is now the largest in
physical size as well.
The 96-year-old store, with a staff of 50 who
speak seven languages, has accounts with churches
from 23 different denominations, and is completely
"We're the community's store for better living and
we aim to feed the mind, body, and spirit," says
general manager Clyde Kinder, of the non-profit
retailer that's a nationally known supplier of
religious materials, inspirational literature, and
health food products. Even though the Seventh-day
Adventist Church operates 52 such stores in North
America, orders come to this one from around the
country, even from the White House.
Kinder expects sales in 2000 to top US$10 million
due to regularly discounted prices and the vast
inventory that allows for one-stop shopping to
meet patrons' church and home needs.
The 40,000 square-foot building, located at
Orchard Center Mall in Silver Spring, Maryland,
will house 25,000 books, magazines, religious
music cassettes and CDs, food, and other health-
related products. The new space has a café and
water fountain, a 160-seat auditorium, a reading
area equipped with a fireplace and baby grand
piano, a Christian greeting card and gift section,
and a children's department. [Reporter: Celeste
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