NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMPH) – Cokesbury, the retail division of United Methodist Publishing House, closed the Indianapolis Fishers store on May 1 and will place a sales representative in Indianapolis.

In a statement to Together, Ed Kowalski, vice president of sales for UMPH, said, “We have all become familiar with the realities of the slow economic recovery as discussed daily in the news. As responsible stewards of the self-funded publishing and distribution agency of the church, we regularly analyze activities in our many locations across the U.S. and take appropriate actions as indicated in each unique situation.

“A decision was made to close the Indianapolis Cokesbury store on May 1.The primary reason is that we have experienced substantial sales declines at that location in each of the past five years. A secondary consideration is that UMPH received a suitable offer from someone wanting to purchase the store property.”

Kowalski went on to say Cokesbury remains committed to serving congregations and church leaders in Indiana. In addition to the services provided by Direct Sales, and the Cokesbury Events Department, a Cokesbury Sales Representative will be placed in the Indianapolis market. The primary role of the CSR is to assist congregations in meeting their curriculum resources, small group studies and custom product needs. The process to fill this position has begun.