Biblestore Outlet opens at Commons at Magnolia
BOB SLOAN Editor
Biblestore Outlet, a Christian bookstore that is part of the ministry of OM Ships International, officially opened its doors on June 27. The store is located at 2831 David H. McLeod Blvd., in the Commons at Magnolia.
The store, which has an upstairs and downstairs, boasts an impressive range of more than 5,000 different titles on the shelves, from Bibles and Christian living books to novels and children’s books, all at reduced prices. Nearly all of the books are priced at $5 or less.
With an office on Southborough Road in Florence, OM Ships International supplies an ocean-going ship with Bibles and Christian books to be carried all over the world. Missionaries from more than 60 nations staff the ship. Many international volunteers also serve on the Florence campus.
John Satterly, OM Ships International’s managing director for Literature, traveled from the organization’s headquarters in Germany to help set up the new Biblestore Outlet.
“Since OM came to Florence in 2006, we have wanted to have a retail outlet — but we believed it was more important to esteem the bookstores that were already operating locally,” he said. “It’s very sad that they have closed, but now we are able to stand in the gap and provide Bibles and Christian living books, novels and children’s resources at highly competitive prices.”
Literature Operations Director Andy Davies said he hopes area residents see the Biblestore Outlet as not just a bookstore, but a hub for the community.
“We’ve always got free coffee on the go,” said Davies. “We have a small meeting room available for use — whether it’s for a pastors’ fellowship morning or a ladies’ Bible study. We’re looking forward to getting to know people from churches in the area better.”