Washington, DC 20549

                                    FORM 8-K
                                 CURRENT REPORT

     Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

        Date of report (Date of earliest event reported): October 2, 2003

                         A.C. MOORE ARTS & CRAFTS, INC.
             (Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

         Pennsylvania                 000-23157                 22-3527763
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(State or other jurisdiction   (Commission File Number)       (IRS Employer
     of incorporation)                                      Identification No.)

              500 University Court
                 Blackwood, NJ                            08012
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    (Address of principal executive offices)            (Zip Code)

     Registrant's telephone number, including area code    (856) 228-6700

                                 Not Applicable
                         (Former name or former address,
                          if changed since last report)

Item 12.    Results of Operations and Financial Condition

            On October 2, 2003, the Registrant issued a press release. A copy of
the press release is furnished as Exhibit 99.1 to this report.


         Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934,
the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the
undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

                                   A.C. MOORE ARTS & CRAFTS, INC.

Date:  October 2, 2003             By:  /s/ Leslie H. Gordon
                                        Name:  Leslie H. Gordon
                                        Title: Chief Financial Officer and
                                               Executive Vice President

                                  Exhibit Index

Exhibit No.                       Description
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  99.1                            Press Release dated October 2, 2003.