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Fred’s to close an additional 104 stores

Fred’s to close an additional 104 stores

MEMPHIS — Fred’s Inc. announced Thursday it is closing 104 underperforming stores as part of an “ongoing effort to rationalize its store footprint.” The new round of closings comes five weeks after the Memphis-based company started “going out of business” liquidation sales at 159 stores and follows an evaluation of store performance and timing of lease

Fred’s names Anto permanent CEO

MEMPHIS — Fred’s Inc. announced in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that Joseph Anto, who had been running the company on an interim basis, is now its permanent chief executive officer. Anto was hired by Fred’s a year ago as executive vice president and chief financial officer after spending seven months at

Fred’s reports third quarter results

Fred’s reports third quarter results

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Fred’s, Inc. on Thursday reported financial results for the third quarter and nine months ended November 3. The retailer also announced it will complete the transfer of prescription files from 179 of its pharmacies to Walgreens Boots Alliance early next year. Joe Anto, Fred’s interim chief executive officer and chief financial officer, stated “We

Fred’s seeking to reset its cost structure

Fred’s seeking to reset its cost structure

MEMPHIS — During its earnings call Friday, Fred’s Inc. announced it is evaluating options for its retail pharmacy portfolio and “actively pursuing a sale” of its specialty pharmacy business, as the company reported financial results for the 2017 fourth quarter and fiscal year ended February 3. The company’s financial results were originally slated to be

Fred’s Inc. CEO Michael Bloom resigns

Fred’s Inc. CEO Michael Bloom resigns

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Fred’s Inc. announced on Friday that chief executive officer Michael Bloom resigned from his post, effective on April 24. He also resigned from his seat on the company’s board. Joseph Anto, the company’s executive vice president, chief financial officer and secretary, will serve as interim chief executive officer. “The Board is appreciative

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

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