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Christian book stores consolidating

March 10, 1997

By LISA GRAYBEAL

Staff Writer, Waynesboro

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Less than week remains until the Christian Light Book Store closes the book on downtown Waynesboro.

The book store will close for good at 5 p.m. on March 15.

The Waynesboro store is consolidating with the one in Chambersburg, Pa., and will reopen in May at its new location on Wayne Avenue across from Staples, said Nelson Byers, the book store's district manager and manager of the Chambersburg store.

The new store will be larger and restructured with new departments, Byers said.

There will be a new emphasis on music and a children's department, among other plans, he said.

The Waynesboro store, located at 37 W. Main St., will be redesigned and replaced by the Furniture Market, which is expected to open in September.

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Harry Morningstar Jr. and his wife Jill own the Furniture Market on North Church Street, Schier's Furniture in Chambersburg, and other properties in the area.

Opened 25 years ago, the Waynesboro book store has been targeted to close "for some time" because of declining sales, Byers said.

The 10,000-square-foot store was on the market for a few years before being sold last fall to Morningstar, Byers said.

The 7,000-square-foot Chambersburg store, located at 104 S. Main St., is still for sale.

The three main employees at the Waynesboro store will move to the new location, Byers said.

The Waynesboro store has been holding a sale on most items for the past several weeks to reduce inventory, said Byers.

What isn't sold will be moved to the Wayne Avenue store, he said.

Christian Light Book Stores is a nationwide chain.

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