Mustard Seed closes after 30 years in business

Mustard Seed co-owner Jay Lawler says the store's tentative closing date is mid-July.

The Mustard Seed in Quincy is closing its doors after 30 years of business.

An actual mustard seed is very small, but despite its name, this local business has had a big impact.

"People are shocked a lot of people are sad, I've heard tears even, one person talked about that," Jay Lawler said.

Jay Lawler is one of the co-owners of the Christian bookstore.

"The basic reason is because of sales, don't have the sales we can't provide the service and the products that the customers are accustomed to having," Lawler explained.

Lawler also says book and music sales are down because of new technology.

"Its main reason is because of the different channels people are now buying through," Lawler said.

Digital downloads and home delivery are some of the most popular ways people get products today - something Lawler says they can't compete with.

"I just know that it's nice to know that it was always here when I would come to Quincy, because it's a two hour drive and its great that we have online shopping but sometimes its nice to be able to physically come, see, and pick up and this was always an option for that," Wendy LaFavor, a resident of Kirksville said.

Lawler doesn't know what will happen next, but he has faith.

"Unwavering, its disappointing this avenue is closing, when God closes a door he opens a window and I'm going to believe in that," Lawler added.

Lawler says the store's tentative closing date is mid-July.

Along with the Mustard Seed's plans to close this summer, TGI Fridays and Poppe's Religious Store closed earlier this week.

All three businesses cite bad economic conditions.

KHQA spoke with the Quincy Chamber of Commerce about what impact closings can have.

"Well you know Quincy is very blessed, with a wide variety of companies, large and small, home owned, national franchises, that wide variety of companies keeps our local economy pretty stable actually," Amy Looten said.

Looten says if one of the area's largest employers were to leave the area, then Quincy's economy would see a noticeable difference.