RICHMOND — Arts and crafts supplies retailer A.C. Moore is closing all of its stores, including the one in Albemarle County.
The New Jersey-based retailer will shutter its 145 locations from Maine to Florida, the Richmond-Times Dispatch reported Tuesday. The chain has 14 stores in Virginia.
Its parent company, Nicole Crafts, said Monday that it decided to exit its retail operations.
“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,” Anthony Piperno, chief executive officer of A.C. Moore, said in a statement. “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.”
Plans for closing specific A.C. Moore locations will be disclosed in the upcoming weeks on the chain’s website, the company said. The chain said it will stop accepting further online orders, but that it will ship any previously placed orders.
Michaels, the nation’s largest arts and crafts retailer, will assume the leases of up to 40 stores, a lease on an East Coast distribution facility and purchase A.C. Moore’s intellectual property, A.C. Moore said in a news release. The company didn’t say which stores Michaels will take over.
A staff member at the A.C. Moore at 5th St. Station in Albemarle said Tuesday that the company had not notified that location if it would become a Michaels store or when it might close.
Michaels has a store at the Barracks Road Shopping Center.
The retailer opened its first store in Moorestown, New Jersey, in 1985.