REXBURG − A.C. Moore has announced that they are closing and it’s unclear how this could affect their locations here in the Upper Valley.
Customers and advertisers were in for a shock Monday morning when they heard A.C. Moore announce their plans to exit the retail business.
The company’s CEO Anthony Piperno said in a statement that the decision was difficult and that a group of stores will reopen under the Michaels brand and that it was “subject to negotiations with landlords.”
He said they believe the transaction was for the best and thanked their employees, customers, vendors, landlords, and key stakeholders for their support.
”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,” Piperno 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. During this process, we will continue to provide great customer experience, while still delivering quality and value on your favorite products. Plans for closing specific A.C. Moore locations will be shared in the upcoming weeks on our website. While we will stop accepting further online orders as of today, we will ship any previously placed orders in the ordinary course.”
The location in Rexburg transitioned from Porters to A.C. Moore in September of 2018.
“The A.C. Moore family is growing, and we can’t wait to share our value-trusted products and unmatched in-store shopping experience with the creative community of Idaho,” said Piperno in a previous 2018 interview. “We will work hard to uphold the legacy left behind by the Porters, and look forward to building our own personal and inspiring relationship with the community for many years to come.”
At the time A.C. Moore was taking the place of a local craft retail icon. Porters, locally owned, was a staple of the crafting community for more than 100 years.
A.C. Moore officials in Rexburg were unavailable for comment.
The Standard Journal will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.