- This article is about the hardware dealer, for the Birmingham police chief, see Jamie Moore.
After leaving the Roanoke Institute, where he was an instructor, Moore partnered with W. A. Handley in a country general store. They moved the business to Birmingham and added Moore's brother Benjamin to form the Moore, Moore & Handley firm, which was incorporated in 1888 as the Moore & Handley Hardware Company.
Moore & Handley became one of the largest wholesale hardware distributers in the United States, profiting not only from its own expanding business but also from favorable real-estate transactions.
Moore was also an investor in the construction and rebuilding of the Metropolitan Hotel downtown.