Berean Book Store Will Close

Christian Book Store Will Close

By WEEK Reporter
By Denise Jackson

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July 15, 2010 Updated Feb 26, 2009 at 11:08 PM CST

Another local business falls victim to the economy.
Berean Book store will soon close its doors after more than six decades in Central Illinois.

Pekin resident Dave Fraley is like many shoppers here at Berean Book store...a regular customer. Fraley says he is surprised to hear about the store's closing.

"We're sad. There's no other Christian book stores around here of any size, a couple of small ones. How long have you shopped at Berean? We moved here in 02 and been shopping here every since," Fraley said.

"I was real sad cause this is one of my favorite places to come and shop. If I ever needed a book in church, I'd always come here to find it," said shopper Millie Shaddock of Peoria.

"I just enjoyed visiting with the folks here who work here and so forth just the fellowship seeing people. It's more personal than being on line," said Reverend David Pyell of Altona.

Berean Bookstore owner Dave Byrne says internet sales, competition from big box stores and the recession is forcing him to close the final three stores in Peoria, Bloomington and Joliet.
This first day of a liquidation sale the line wrapped around the store leaving folks with at least a hour wait before checking out.

"I was surprised I was one of them people saying that "oh it won't be that many people here. Get here and its quite a line," said Joann Jamison of Peoria.

"Well I didn't know you just can never tell. But I figured a lot of people were gonna be here cause a lot of people really was upset about it being closed," said Diana Traver of Chillicothe.

The liquidation sale is supposed to last eight weeks.
Bryne closed two other stores, one in Champaign last month and another one in Joliet last year.
He hopes to be able to pay off creditors after the liquidation sale.

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