BARBOURSVILLE — The parent company of A.C. Moore Arts and Crafts says the retail chain will soon close its locations nationwide, though up to 40 of them will reopen under the Michaels umbrella, according to previously published reports.

New Jersey-based Nicole Crafts announced Monday that it will exit its retail operations and close the over 140 A.C. Moore stores across the country, including the one at Merritts Creek in Barboursville.

“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,” A.C. Moore’s CEO Anthony Piperno said in a statement. “Plans for closing specific A.C. Moore locations will be shared in the upcoming weeks on our website.”

Piperno says A.C. Moore will stop accepting further online orders as of Monday, but that it will ship any previously placed orders.

As part of the transaction, The Michaels Companies Inc. will assume leases for up to 40 store locations and a lease on an East Coast distribution facility.

“We are looking forward to reopening these stores under the Michaels name in 2020 and welcoming new team members,” said Michaels CEO Mark Cosby.

The company did not say if the Merritt’s Creek location would be re-branded to a Michaels store, but the move seems unlikely since there is a Michaels at Huntington Mall just up the road. A list of stores to be closed will be listed on the company’s website in the coming weeks, the company 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,” Piperno added. “We believe the transaction was the best option for our employees, customers, vendors, landlords, and other key stakeholders and thank them for their many years of support.”

There is no timetable for when the A.C. Moore stores are slated to close.

NEW CHIROPRACTIC FACILITY: 304 Chiropractic is a new healthcare facility that had a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Nov. 1.

It is family-owned and -operated, according to owner Dr. J.T. Roach. He says that managing back and neck pain with chiropractic adjustments and medical massage therapy will dramatically cut down a patient’s use and dependence of pharmaceuticals.

“I am passionate about not only providing for my patients with the best chiropractic care I can deliver, but also helping combat the areas’ opioid crisis by offering disc decompression therapy, medical massage, therapeutic exercises and nutritional support to help manage a variety of maladies, such as back and neck pain,” Roach said.

Roach is a board-certified chiropractor and physiotherapist.

“I believe in treating the whole person and not just their symptoms,” he said.

304 Chiropractic is now accepting new patients. It is located at 6468 Farmdale Road in Barboursville.

For more information, call 304-733-4038 or visit 304Chiropractic.com.

RICH HARDWARE & RENTAL: After 30 years of operations in the Huntington market, Rich Hardware & Rental, along with the partner operation Rich Outdoors, announced this week that they will cease operation and close the stores by the end of this year.

“It’s the right time for us to shut down the operations. We will be able to focus our efforts on other ventures,” said Rich DeHart, owner of Rich Outdoors and Rich Hardware & Rental stores.

The stores will hold a liquidation sale starting on Friday, Nov. 29, DeHart said.

“All merchandise, along with rental tools, equipment and heavy machinery will be sold at considerable discounts,” he said.

After the first of the year, the Kenny Queen Ace Hardware team will open a new location in the former Rich store.

“The Queen family will launch a top-notch store here and will continue to offer a locally owned hardware and rental operation in this location,” DeHart said.

The Rich Hardware & Rental store is a Do it Best brand store and the Kenny Queen family of stores operates under the Ace Hardware brand. All of the Do it Best inventory must be liquidated in the transition to the Kenny Queen operation.

“We’re running a liquidation in a short time frame so we’ll be offering deep discounts,” DeHart added.

The store is located on 5840 Davis Creek Road (Alternate W.Va. 10) in Barboursville and is open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Fred Pace is the business reporter for The Herald-Dispatch. Send your business news and photos to fpace@herald-dispatch.com. You can also call 304-526-2729. Follow him at Facebook.com/FredPaceHD and via Twitter at @FredPaceHD.

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