AC Moore permanently closing all stores, disappointing employees

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — A.C. Moore announced all 145 stores nation-wide will permanently close, with some locations reopening as Michaels.

The CEO of A.C. Moore, Anthony Piperno, said, “While it was a difficult decision for us, this transaction will result in a group of stores reopening under the Michaels banner subject to negotiations with landlords— allowing teams to continue serving the brand’s loyal customers and employ our valued team members in those locations.”

The closing schedule for individual stores has not been announced yet, neither has the decision of which A.C. Moore locations will reopen as Michaels, though there is currently a Michaels within a half mile of the A.C. Moore in Lynchburg.

“I had no indication when I was hired that that would happen,” said employee Rachel Shallenberger.

Shallenberger began seasonal work at A.C. Moore just a few weeks ago.

“I have a full-time job, so I was like, I’ll be fine. I just wanted to make some extra money for the holidays, but for the full-time people, that really stinks, because it was out of nowhere for them, too.”

WFXR tried speaking with full-time employees, but one gave us a print-out, instructing employees not to speak with the press and to have us contact Matthew Pascucci, who is identified as the “Chief Restructuring Officer.”

The number provided for Pascucci did not work, and he could not be reached for more information on when the store would close or what will happen with current employees.

One employee told WFXR off camera that it’s a sad day at the store. She said what hurts the most is finding out about the closing right before the holidays.

“It’s really bad timing,” said Shallenberger, “so that was kind of not good to hear for them, for their sakes.”

Dockie Tucker makes the drive up from Halifax county to shop at A.C. Moore and says they have the best prices compared to similar stores.

“I wanted to comment on the bags,” she said, holding up her recent purchase of reusable bags. “The bags here are such a good deal, you can’t find them anywhere else around, this deal. 99 cents a bag. Most places they’re $1.99 or more.”

She’s sad to lose A.C. Moore, for many reasons.

“Some of this stuff you really can’t do that well online. You really need to put your hands on it. You know, look at it, see how big it is, stuff like that. So I’m very disappointed. I’m sad. I’m sad for the people that work here. This has been a nice group of people that work here at A.C. Moore.”

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