A.C. Moore in Egg Harbor Township

Shoppers were visiting the A.C. Moore in Egg Harbor Township on Tuesday to take advantage of sale prices. Nicole Brothers, which owns the A.C. Moore stores, will lease up to 40 store locations to The Michaels Companies Inc., along with a lease on an East Coast distribution facility. A.C. Moore stopped accepting online orders on Monday.

In the next step toward closing, officials at craft store chain A.C. Moore filed a notice with the state that they’re planning layoffs.

According to a WARN notice filed with the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development, 383 employees will be affected Feb. 9 at the company’s headquarters in Berlin, Camden County.

The store’s corporate offices did not respond to a request for comment.

The notice follows a November announcement that the stores are going out of business, including the location at the English Creek Shopping Center in Egg Harbor Township.

Anthony Piperno, CEO of the chain, cited the difficulty of operating and competing at a national level.

Nicole Brothers, which owns the A.C. Moore stores, will lease up to 40 store locations to The Michaels Companies Inc., along with an East Coast distribution facility.

While plans for closing of specific locations were slated to be announced on the company’s website shortly after the announcement, there have been no updates.

Moorestown, Burlington County-based Sbar’s Inc., which acquired A.C. Moore in 2011, also filed a WARN notice with the state for 82 employees to be laid off effective Feb. 13.

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My beat is public safety, following police and crime. I started in January 2018 here at the Press covering Egg Harbor and Galloway townships. Before that, I worked at the Reading Eagle in Reading, Pa., covering crime and writing obituaries.

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