Craft store Ben Franklin in York County changed ownership last fall and, as of this weekend, has been renamed A.C. Moore Arts and Crafts.
The store, at 5007 Victory Boulevard in the Kiln Creek shopping center that houses Kmart, will be the first of seven Ben Franklin stores to bear the A.C. Moore name, according to a press release. The conversion is part of an expansion of A.C. Moore by its new ownership led by Pepe Piperno, who purchased the company in late 2011.
The store has been on the verge of closing – under its Ben Franklin name – twice, with liquidation sales nearly clearing out the space before the store reopened.
“Although the name is changing from Ben Franklin to A.C. Moore Arts and Crafts, our stores will continue offering a unique product selection along with outstanding customer service to our loyal customers in York County and Richmond,” Piperno said in a press release. “By merging these stores into the A.C. Moore chain, we can offer customers added incentives, valued-added coupons and special programs throughout the year.”
Piperno has owned and operated the Richmond-area Ben Franklin stores since 2008 and will merge them into the A.C Moore East Coast chain, which consists of 133 stores, throughout the spring.
According to the press release, in addition to traditional craft products, A.C. Moore Arts and Crafts is also well-known for its selection of scrapbooking materials, jewelry, floral, yarn, fine art supplies, children’s crafts kits and educational toys, along with ready-made frames and custom framing.
To find out more about the store, go to www.acmoore.com.