Family Christian Stores is the world's largest Christian-focused retailer, and is located in the United States. As of 2012, the retail chain has approximately 281 stores in 261 cities. The retail chain offers a variety of Christian-themed merchandise, especially books, Bibles, gifts and music. The company was founded in 1931 by two young brothers who were first generation Americans at the start of The Great Depression. From their family farmhouse in Grandville, Michigan. Pat and Bernie Zondervan launched Zondervan Publishing House as a company committed to spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ through publishing and eventually Christian resources and products as well. Until 1993, the chain was part of Zondervan, the Christian publishing giant that owns the copyright to the New International Version of the Bible. The two companies share the same office complex in Western Michigan.
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