By Woody Woodrick
After three-plus years as an outside sales representative for Cokesbury Bookstores, Louise Jackson has moved inside.
“The only difference is being restricted to being inside the building,”
“It’s been very interesting,” she said of the move. “I’ve met a lot of new people, and they’ve been friendly. The only challenge has been maneuvering the streets of downtown
Despite not having previously worked inside the store,
That’s what Jerry Garrett, regional manager for Cokesbury, wants to hear. “We expect our stores to serve our customers and constituency with quality products, serving and meeting the needs of The United Methodist Church in particular and the greater Christian community.”
With two other Christian bookstores within sight of Cokesbury’s
“I like to think that because of who we are, it is more about service than anything else,” she said. “We make it personal. If you have a problem, we don’t hesitate to come to where you are. I know of no other Christian bookstore that will come where you are. We start at a personal level. We’re really about personal service, not just customer service. We’re not just an automated entity where you call in to get a problem resolved.”
Although an entity of The United Methodist Church, Cokesbury wants to reach all Christians, Jackson and Garrett said.
“I would like to see Cokesbury become the center for resources for people on their Christian journey,”