A.C. Moore

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DefunctJuly 2020
FateDefunct; acquired by The Michaels Companies
SuccessorThe Michaels Companies
HeadquartersBerlin, New Jersey, United States
Number of locations
145 (2019; before closure)
ProductsArts & crafts, scrapbooking, home decor
ParentSbar's (2011–2019)

A.C. Moore was an American arts and crafts retail chain, owned by Nicole Crafts. It had 145 retail locations in the eastern United States, with corporate headquarters in Berlin, New Jersey.[1] On November 25, 2019, A.C. Moore announced that it would wind down its operations, closing all stores, and selling selected leases and other assets to a competitor, Michaels.

A.C. Moore sold a variety of arts and crafts products, including scrapbooking, beading, knitting, rubber stamping, home decor items, floral items, children's crafts, paints, framing, greenery and seasonal items. They were known for a policy of discounts and beating competitors' prices.[2]


Early history[edit]

A.C. Moore was founded as a single arts and crafts store by Jack Parker and William Kaplan in 1985 in Moorestown, New Jersey ("A. C. Moore" – arts and crafts, Moorestown). Parker, with the position of president, was a merchandising veteran of Woolworth's, and Kaplan, CEO, had a career in fashion production.[2]

The company went public in October 1997.[2]

Decline, buyout, and closure[edit]

By 2006, the A.C Moore had peaked with sales of $598 million, but these numbers began to decline in the years that followed.[citation needed]

In 2011, as A.C. Moore was experiencing a crash crunch, one of its suppliers stepped in to save the company through a merger. Sbar's, an art supplies distributor based in nearby Moorestown,[3] in association with its affiliate Nicole Crafts, acquired A. C. Moore for $1.61 per-share (a valuation of $41 million). The buyout was executed as a merger, with A. C. Moore becoming a subsidiary of Nicole Crafts, the Sbar's in-house goods brand. Sbar's seven retail stores were absorbed into A. C. Moore.[4]

On November 25, 2019, A.C. Moore announced that it would close all 145 of its locations (with some closing as early as December 15, 2019), and sell the leases for up to 40 locations, a distribution center, and unspecified intellectual property assets to the competing chain Michaels.[5][6][7] As of June 2020, A. C. Moore was still undergoing the liquidation process. As of July 2020, all stores had been closed (primarily due to the COVID-19 pandemic), and Michaels had taken over its distribution facility on A. C. Moore Drive in Winslow, NJ.[8]

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  1. ^ Panaritis, Maria (June 10, 2008). "A.C. Moore crafting a turnaround". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved May 22, 2009.
  2. ^ a b c "History of A.C. Moore Arts & Crafts, Inc. – FundingUniverse". www.fundinguniverse.com. Retrieved July 28, 2020.
  3. ^ DiStephano, Joseph. "Struggling AC Moore sold to supplier Sbar's for $41M". Philly.com. Retrieved October 3, 2017.
  4. ^ "Sbar's Acquisition Corporation Successfully Completes Tender Offer for Shares of A.C. Moore Arts & Crafts, Inc". www.businesswire.com. November 17, 2011. Retrieved July 28, 2020.
  5. ^ "A.C. Moore to close its remaining stores; some set to return as Michaels". WBAL-TV. November 25, 2019. Retrieved November 25, 2019.
  6. ^ Peterson, Stephen. "A.C. Moore closing in Foxboro, Seekonk". The Sun Chronicle. Archived from the original on November 28, 2019. Retrieved November 28, 2019.
  7. ^ "A.C. Moore going out of business; some stores to reopen as Michaels". Chain Store Age. Retrieved January 18, 2020.
  8. ^ Walsh, Jim. "A.C. Moore Drive in Winslow could follow crafts retailer into oblivion". Courier-Post. Retrieved July 28, 2020.