A total of 17 Adventist Book Center retail stores servicing 24 conference territories operated by the Pacific Press Publishing Association (PPPA) of Nampa, Idaho, under management agreements with conferences, will transition to local Seventh-day Adventist Church conference administration, officials of the publishing house announced following a September 26, 2013, board meeting.
The board “voted to request termination of the management agreements” for the stores, which it has managed “over the course of nearly 15 years,” a statement from the organization said. The outlets, PPPA said, served “nearly half of the North American Division membership.” A plan to terminate management agreements for the stores should be in place by December 31, 2013, the statement indicated.
“The board recognized that the current business model for these management agreements has experienced challenges due to changing trends in technology and the way people access information,” the PPPA announcement said.
The publishing house said it would not leave any local conferences or members without easy access to church materials.
“We are committed to making all quarterlies, magazines, books, and music easier than ever to order,” says Dale Galusha, PPPA president. “For most products, the local church won’t even notice a change in how they are ordered or delivered.” These materials are available online at www.AdventistBookCenter.com.
Pacific Press is a Seventh-day Adventist publisher based in Nampa, Idaho, that publishes books and magazines for all ages. The company, which has been in operation since 1874, has been based in Nampa, Idaho, since 1984.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story misstated the number of Adventist Book Centers involved, as well as the date for transitioning those centers. Both errors have been corrected above.