CHRISTIAN STATIONERY STORE, Fla.
— A Christian stationeries store in Florida is closing down after receiving a $12.5 million donation from a company that manufactures Christmas cards.
The company that donated the funds said it has a strong track record of customer service and a strong commitment to the Christian faith, and the Christmas card company’s donation is the culmination of a two-year commitment to provide a better gift experience.
It will remain online and have a cash register, but the shop will shut down, the Christian Stationery Shop owner, Christian Stationeries, said in a statement Friday.
“We are saddened to hear this news and deeply regret that we had to close this shop because of the overwhelming response from the Christian community, the business community and others to this unique opportunity,” said Christian Stationerie, which has stores in Gainesville and Fort Myers, Florida.
The company was founded in 2002 by two brothers and has a long history of customer loyalty and customer service, the statement said.
A total of $12 million was raised for the Christmas Card company, and $7.2 million was donated by the company’s founder, the company said.
The Christmas Card store was in Gainington, a coastal community in southern Florida, about 90 miles (145 kilometers) west of Orlando, the Orlando Sentinel reported.
The shop had been operating under the name Christmastime, and it was owned by a family of Christian believers, according to a website for the Christian stationerie.
The shop was open only during the Easter season and closed the following year, when the holidays were observed in earnest.