Jackson Cokesbury Closes-Osman says Farewell


 By Jasmine Haynes

News of closing the Jackson Mississippi Cokesbury store produced many questions for shoppers. Surprisingly, the most frequently asked question was not about the store itself but about the future of a popular employee.  Osman Grice has worked at Cokesbury for over fourteen years and has several fond memories and emotions connected to the store. 

“I came not expecting to be here so long,” he said.  “I would say to everybody thank you and not to worry too much about me, I’ll make it okay and I do appreciate all their help through the years I’ve been here.” 

 After over twenty years of serving the greater Jackson Christian community, Cokesbury Christian Bookstore will close its doors for the last time Saturday, January 12. The store is currently having a 90 percent-off closing sale that is bringing in a lot of foot traffic from frequent and new shoppers like Rev. J.B. Williams, Pastor of Word Full Gospel Baptist Church.  


“My members said that Cokesbury had a going out of business sale so I thought I’d come and see what I could use in my ministry,” said Rev. J.B. Williams.

One of Osman’s frequent customers, Vickie Rundlett is an administrator at First United Methodist Church in Clinton and shared that she shops at Cokesbury weekly and that the store closing will greatly impact her church.

“It is always sad to see an established and needed brick and mortar business close,” said Rundlett.  “We will continue to shop at Cokesbury but we’ll have to shop online and over the phone unless it’s something we need immediately.”

The greater Jackson area will not be left to navigate this uncharted territory alone.  Cokesbury will send a sales representative in the near future to assist with the transition from the physical store to the online store at cokesbury.com and the toll-free call center.  For more information on the transition, visit www.cokesburynext.com.

Cokesbury is owned by the United Methodist Publishing House (UMPH) and the company decided to close all the physical Cokesbury stores in the country.  According to UMPH, Cokesbury will redirect focus and resources toward expanding and enhancing products and services for the online store, toll-free call center and regional sales representatives.

One last note, Osman says he has some promising job leads.  Wish him well!