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Old 11-26-2019, 01:06 PM
 
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Thanks for posting this. I'm horrified.
Re AC Moore. 5000 people are getting laid off.
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Old 11-26-2019, 01:14 PM
 
Location: The place where the road & the sky collide
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Re AC Moore. 5000 people are getting laid off.
I'm wondering if this can be directly traced to tariffs.
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Old 11-26-2019, 05:22 PM
 
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I'm wondering if this can be directly traced to tariffs.
Ah! Maybe! I hadn't thought of that. It stinks no matter what.
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Old 11-26-2019, 05:37 PM
 
Location: The place where the road & the sky collide
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Ah! Maybe! I hadn't thought of that. It stinks no matter what.
It stinks bigtime. AC Moore is owned by a division of Sbar. I was at my closest AC Moore this past summer and one of the managers told me that there was going to be a massive change next year. This is a massive change. I suspect that Sbar decided that it was easier to just sell wholesale to Michael's and Hobby Lobby.
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Old 11-26-2019, 06:34 PM
 
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I always like A.C. Moore better than Michaels. But there were more Michaels in the area, so....I went there more often. Even so I didn't go a lot.

But when I needed a craft supply, to cheap T-shirts or cheap candles, arts/bridal/jewelry supplies that's where I went. (I never liked JoAnns for that. Fabric, yes. Craft supplies, no.)
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Old 11-27-2019, 07:58 AM
 
Location: East Aurora, NY
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Too bad about AC Moore. It sucks so many Philly area employees are going to be laid off in the burbs. A friend of mine worked at the South Jersey HQ. Fortunately she left about a year ago. I got the impression that it was a toxic work environment and that they had barely been surviving for a while.
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Old 11-27-2019, 04:01 PM
 
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It stinks bigtime. AC Moore is owned by a division of Sbar. I was at my closest AC Moore this past summer and one of the managers told me that there was going to be a massive change next year. This is a massive change. I suspect that Sbar decided that it was easier to just sell wholesale to Michael's and Hobby Lobby.
'Course in CC it means there will be a massively empty retail space at Broad and Chestnut for a while just when the W Hotel opens and the Phila. Film Center continues its internal expansion. We'll see if that space becomes a Michael's.
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Old 11-27-2019, 04:51 PM
 
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'Course in CC it means there will be a massively empty retail space at Broad and Chestnut for a while just when the W Hotel opens and the Phila. Film Center continues its internal expansion. We'll see if that space becomes a Michael's.
Like several people who I know, I sometimes pick up stuff at AC Moore to make and sell things. Now we'll have to decide if we will get a tax number to buy from Sbar or forget the whole thing. If this traces back to the tariffs, this is the tip of the iceberg.
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Old 11-30-2019, 08:39 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Shopping in Center City is actually thriving amid fears of a ‘retail apocalypse’

We have held off the decline of retail pretty well here.
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Old 12-02-2019, 07:37 AM
 
Location: New York City
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Shopping in Center City is actually thriving amid fears of a ‘retail apocalypse’

We have held off the decline of retail pretty well here.
There wasn't much retail in Center City to decline, lol.

But in all seriousness, I visited the Fashion District this past weekend, a lot of foot traffic and some decent retailers. Just need to do something about the South side of Market from 11th to 6th.

I did a stroll up Walnut and Chestnut too, almost every retailer had customers inside, the city was certainly buzzing.
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