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Fred’s Inc.

Fred’s and Nielsen expand analytical relationship

Fred’s and Nielsen expand analytical relationship

NEW YORK — Fred’s Inc. and Nielsen recently announced an expansion of their long-term relationship with the renewal of data insights and analytics services. With this agreement, Nielsen will become the exclusive account-level data provider for Fred’s, covering metrics for all 601 Fred’s stores in 15 states across the southeastern U.S., as well as future

Fred’s names two new board members

Fred’s names two new board members

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Fred’s Inc. has appointed two new board members as part of an agreement with hedge fund Alden Global Capital LLC, the discount and pharmacy chain’s largest shareholder. Fred’s said Monday that Steven Rossi, chief executive officer of Digital First Media, and Timothy Barton, founder and former CEO of Freightquote.com, have been named

Fred’s ends fiscal year with net loss, lower sales

Fred’s ends fiscal year with net loss, lower sales

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Fred’s Inc. reported declined sales and net losses for its 2016 fourth quarter and fiscal year as it awaits regulatory approval to buy up to 1,200 drug stores in connection with the Walgreens-Rite Aid merger. Fred’s said Thursday that sales for the fourth quarter ended Jan. 28, 2017, fell 4.5% to $529.7

Fred’s revamps its board of directors

Fred’s revamps its board of directors

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Fred’s Inc. has overhauled its board of directors, including the appointment of chief executive officer Michael Bloom and retail industry veterans Christopher Bodine and Peter Bocian as members. Fred’s said Tuesday that Bloom, Bodine and Bocian join the board effective immediately. Former Fred’s CEOs Jerry Shore and Michael Hayes and longtime director

Fred’s appoints senior VPs of merchandising, supply chain

Fred’s appoints senior VPs of merchandising, supply chain

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Fred’s Inc. has appointed senior vice presidents for general merchandise and consumables merchandising, including the hiring of a former CVS Health executive, and named a senior vice president to oversee its supply chain. The discount and pharmacy retailer said late Monday that Gregory Froton has joined the company as senior VP of

Fred’s readies funding for more Rite Aid stores

Fred’s readies funding for more Rite Aid stores

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Fred’s Inc. has amended a revolving credit facility to provide funding in the event that it must acquire additional Rite Aid stores in connection with the pending Walgreens-Rite Aid merger. According to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Fred’s is increasing its revolving loan commitment to $225 million from $150

Fred’s: Deal to buy Rite Aid stores still in effect

Fred’s: Deal to buy Rite Aid stores still in effect

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Fred’s Inc. has reaffirmed its $950 million deal to buy 865 Rite Aid stores to be divested for antitrust clearance of Walgreens Boots Alliance’s pending acquisition of Rite Aid Corp. Fred’s said late Monday that “the asset purchase agreement it entered into on Dec. 19, 2016, with Walgreens and Rite Aid remains

Transformation of Fred’s accelerates with acquisition

MEMPHIS — Fred’s Inc. has taken a huge step forward on its path toward becoming a major drug store chain by agreeing to buy 865 Rite Aid locations from Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. (WBA) and Rite Aid Corp. for $950 million in cash. The transaction, which also includes certain assets related to store operations, is

Fred’s agrees to buy 865 Rite Aid stores

Fred’s agrees to buy 865 Rite Aid stores

NEW YORK — Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. (WBA) and Rite Aid Corp. have entered into an agreement to sell 865 Rite Aid stores and certain assets related to store operations to Fred’s Inc. for $950 million. The all-cash transaction is subject to Federal Trade Commission approval, as well as the completion of the pending acquisition