PLAINVILLE – With the announcement this week that arts and crafts retail chain A.C. Moore would soon be closing down all of its locations, the local store has begun its liquidation sale.
The store at 284 New Britain Ave. is one of 141 locations in the Eastern U.S.A. that will soon be closing their doors forever. Headquartered in Berlin, New Jersey, A.C. Moore was originally founded in 1985. Company leadership announced on Nov. 25 that they intend to have all locations closed down by Dec. 15. Attempts to contact a spokesperson at A.C. Moore’s corporate offices Friday were unsuccessful.
Terry Lang, manager at the Plainville store, said that he opened his location more than 20 years ago. He said that he was sad to see the business closing down.
“It’s very sad for me, my employees and for our longtime customers,” said Lang. “There are a lot of local crafters who would come to us, as well as Marshals and Hobby Lobby.”
Lang said that the company began a liquidation sale on Dec. 4. Those who come to A.C. Moore before it is closed for good can expect to find items at 25 to 50% off.
“It will go until everything is gone,” said Lang.
Cathy Romano, who was shopping at A.C. Moore on Friday, said that the store had been her “go to” for craft supplies since it first opened.
“I do a lot of knitting and crocheting,” she said. “I bring my stuff out to craft fairs a lot; I’ll be going to one in Naugatuck this Sunday. A.C. Moore was very convenient since it was 5 minutes away from my house and they always had great sales.”
Daisy Delgado said that A.C. Moore was usually her store of choice for crafts as well.
“I like to paint and draw and I came here twice with my kids over summer vacation,” she said. “It’s sad to see them go. A lot of the other stores are a lot more expensive.”
Kate Brian said that she too had come to the Plainville A.C. Moore location since it opened.
“I crochet for my own pleasure and I’ve been going here for years; it’s sad to have it going away,” she said. “It was a specialty store, so I wasn’t there every day, but it was nice to have a place like this in town. I prefer it over Marshals.”
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.