Faith-based book and gift store Family Christian (pictured) is closing its 240 stores nationwide due to “declining sales,” according to a release from the company.(Phillip Pessar/ Flickr (CC BY 2.0))

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Christian faith-based gift and book store chain Family Christian announced it’s closing all of its 240 stores nationwide, including four locations in the area.

Store closures will impact employees in 36 states, including Ohio, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Washington. The company is based out of Grand Rapids, Mich.

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The chain has 12 locations in Ohio, including:

• Beavercreek: 2742 N. Fairfield Road

• Miamisburg: 1 Prestige Plaza

• Springdale: 403 E. Kemper Road

• Mason: 9938 Waterstone Blvd.

Family Christian President Chuck Bengochea said poor sales contributed to the decision, after the company had two “very difficult” years after filing bankruptcy.

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“Despite improvements in product assortment and the store experience, sales continued to decline. In addition, we were not able to get the pricing and terms we needed from our vendors to successfully compete in the market. We have prayerfully looked at all possible options, trusting God’s plan for our organization, and the difficult decision to liquidate is our only recourse,” Bengochea said.

A company statement said the Family Christian Ministries has provided humanitarian aid for more than 14 million orphans, widows and other people throughout the world. Merchandise is now on sale for up to 30 percent off, according to the company website. All sales are final.

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