As of November 25, A.C. Moore stopped taking online orders and plans to close all remaining locations.

Due to the effects of online shopping competition, arts and crafts retailer A.C. Moore will close all 145 remaining locations. As of November 25, they stopped taking online orders but plan to fulfill any that were previously placed. They have not announced the final closing date.

The remaining locations are essentially found on the East Coast, with 15 of those around Virginia and nine in Maryland. Forty unnamed locations will be acquired by Michaels, as well as one East Coast distribution center sometime next year.

Nicole Crafts announced the decision last week and explained how difficult it was to close all remaining locations. 

Anthony Piperno, Chief Executive Officer of A.C. Moore said, "For over 30 years, our stores have been servicing the creative community with a vast selection of art and craft materials, with one common focus, the customer. Unfortunately, given the headwinds facing many retailers in today's environment, it made it very difficult for us to operate and compete on a national level."

A.C. Moore Shelves

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We are saddened by this news because A.C. Moore has always offered such a wide selection of arts and crafts products. 

You can read more about the closings in the press release.

Are you sad over this closing? Do you think Michaels will take over your local A.C. Moore store? Tell us in the comments!