Augsburg Fortress plans layoffs, store closings, end of consumer sales

Textbook offerings to be increased
The publishing arm of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is ending its consumer-oriented book sales and will focus instead on supplying materials for congregations and textbooks for higher education, it was announced last month.

Augsburg Fortress, the ELCA publishing ministry based in Minneapolis, will eliminate 55 jobs among its 242 full- and part-time employees, starting at the end of 2008, and will add 13 positions in shifting its priorities to Lutheran needs.

Augsburg Fortress will close its nine U.S. bookstores by April 30, leaving only a rented bookstore at Luther Seminary in St. Paul and two in Canada bearing the publisher’s name.


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