Sbar’s, Inc. (“Sbar’s”) and A.C. Moore Arts & Crafts, Inc. (NASDAQ: ACMR) (“A.C. Moore” or the “Company”) today announced the successful completion of the tender offer by Nicole Crafts LLC and Sbar’s Acquisition Corporation (“Purchaser”), affiliates of Sbar’s, for all of the outstanding shares of common stock of A.C. Moore for $1.60 per share, net to the seller in cash without interest. The tender offer expired, as scheduled, at 12:00 midnight, New York City time, at the end of Wednesday, November 16, 2011 and was not extended.

The depositary for the tender offer has advised that, as of the offer’s expiration, 21,504,096 shares of A.C. Moore common stock were tendered and not withdrawn pursuant to the Offer, representing approximately 84.5% of the outstanding shares. All of such shares have been accepted for payment by Purchaser in accordance with the terms of the tender offer. Pursuant to the previously announced merger agreement, Purchaser will effect a “short-form” merger under applicable Pennsylvania law, without the affirmative vote of any other A.C. Moore stockholder, which merger is expected to occur as soon as practicable. In the merger, Purchaser will be merged with and into A.C. Moore, with A.C. Moore surviving the merger and continuing as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Nicole Crafts LLC, an entity affiliated with Sbar’s. Upon completion of the merger, each outstanding share of common stock of A.C. Moore, other than shares held or owned by A.C. Moore or any of its subsidiaries or Nicole Crafts LLC or any of its subsidiaries, or any stockholder of A.C. Moore who has perfected its demand for dissenters’ rights under Pennsylvania law, will be automatically cancelled and converted into the right to receive cash equal to the $1.60 offer price per share without interest and less any required withholding taxes.

About A.C. Moore

A.C. Moore is a specialty retailer of arts, crafts and floral merchandise for a wide range of customers. The Company currently serves customers through its 134 stores located in the Eastern United States and nationally via its e-commerce site, For more information about A.C. Moore, visit its website at

About Sbar’s

Sbar’s is one of the largest distributors in the United States supplying arts and crafts merchandise, including its proprietary Nicole Crafts products, to retailers. Sbar’s began in 1952 as a small craft, hobby and school supply store in Camden, New Jersey and today operates from its 300,000 square foot distribution center located in Moorestown, New Jersey. In addition to being a merchandise distributor, Sbar’s operates seven arts and crafts stores located in the Richmond, Virginia area. For more information about Sbar’s, visit its website at

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