Accessing the latest Christian products just became that bit harder as America’s largest Christian retailer, Family Christian Stores, announced the chain is shutting down after 85 years in business.

Family Christian had more than 240 locations across America, but the high cost of running retail means all stores will close.

The CEO announced yesterday they are closing all their stores, nationwide.

Those stores employed 3,000 people and operated in 36 states.

The non-profit business never fully recovered after declaring bankruptcy two years ago.

They have not announced a timeline for the closures.

You can read the CEO’s statement below:

“We had two very difficult years post-bankruptcy,” said Chuck Bengochea, company President. “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.”

So where to from here? Will we have a Christian retail market into the future, or is Christian retail a thing of the past?