Worried Employees of Family Christian Stores Await Outcome of Bankruptcy Auction

An auction being held on Tuesday, May 26, could determine the future of Family Christian Stores like this one at 3150 Alpine Ave. N.W. (File photo | Mlive Media Group)
An auction being held on Tuesday, May 26, could determine the future of Family Christian Stores like this one at 3150 Alpine Ave. N.W. (File photo | Mlive Media Group)

A closed-door auction to sell the assets of Family Christian Stores Inc. will resume at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 26, after four bidders failed to emerge as the winner after a late-night bidding session last week.

“We’re very anxious and hopeful,” Family Christian spokesman Steve Biondo said on Tuesday, May 26. “Barring extraordinary and unusual activities, it should be concluded today.”

The outcome of the auction is critical for the nation’s largest chain of Christian book and gift stores because three of the active bidders have plans to liquidate, Biondo said.

The fourth bidder is Family Christian Acquisitions, an entity affiliated with Atlanta businessman Richard Jackson, who owns a controlling interest in the chain and is one of its largest creditors.

Liquidation probably would mean closing the 266 stores and laying off the chain’s 3,100 full-time and part-time employees before selling off the remaining assets.

The liquidation bids are “bad news if you’re an employee and interested in the ministries and what we’re involved in,” Biondo said. “We’re hopeful and grateful that Family Christian (Acquisitions) is at the table with strength and conviction.”

The four bidders went through two cycles of bidding before breaking for the Memorial Day weekend at 11:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 21, Biondo said.

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SOURCE:  Jim Harger
MLive