Berean Christian Stores has announced ambitious growth plans, which calls for doubling the size of the chain by the end of 2014.
"We had a very successful fourth quarter in 2012 and are off to a very encouraging start in the new year," said Bill Nielsen, chief operating officer of Berean. "Starting as early as summer of 2013, we will be looking to aggressively increase our store count. While we are developing our new store model that will result in new stores over the next 18 months, we are also very open to possible acquisitions.
"We are in the middle of multiple cordial discussions with several owners to see if acquiring their stores would be a good fit for both parties," he added. "The owners of Berean have set a goal of doubling the size of our company over the next 18 months. Our vision for growth is firmly planted on a commitment to help our customers be Christ to the world as they give hope to those who are hurting and in need."
Based in Cincinnati, the 18-outlet chain--which dates back to 1934--joined Covenant Group last June, increasing the country's second-largest independent Christian chain's membership by approximately 50%.
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SOURCE: Christian Retailing