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Fred’s Inc.

Fred’s gets new CEO

MEMPHIS — Fred’s Inc. has promoted Mike Bloom, its president and chief operating officer, to succeed chief executive officer Jerry Shore. Bloom’s promotion took effect August 29, the date the retailer announced that Shore was stepping aside as CEO and planned to retire in February. Bloom, a former executive with CVS and Family Dollar Stores,

Bloom succeeds Shore as CEO of Fred’s

Bloom succeeds Shore as CEO of Fred’s

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Fred’s Inc. president and chief operating officer Michael Bloom has been named as chief executive officer, succeeding Jerry Shore, who is retiring. Bloom takes the CEO reins effective immediately, and plans call for Shore to retire from the company in February, Fred’s said Tuesday. “I am honored and humbled to be given

Gardner succeeds Pugh as top merchant at Fred’s

MEMPHIS — Fred’s Inc. announced earlier this month that it had promoted Mary Lou Gardner to executive vice president and chief merchandising and marketing officer. She replaced Bryan Pugh, who resigned from the company, Fred’s said in a statement. Gardner joined Fred’s in January as senior vice president of strategy and project management. She came

Fred’s creates pharmacy COO post

Fred’s creates pharmacy COO post

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Timothy Liebmann has been promoted to chief operating officer of pharmacy, a newly created position, at Fred’s Inc. Fred’s said late Thursday that Liebmann succeeds Rick Chambers, executive vice president of pharmacy operations, who is retiring. Liebmann joined Fred’s in June as vice president of pharmacy services. “We are indeed grateful to

Fred’s appoints Gardner chief merchant

Fred’s appoints Gardner chief merchant

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Bryan Pugh has resigned as chief merchant at Fred’s Inc. and has been replaced by Mary Lou Gardner. Fred’s said late Tuesday that Gardner takes over Pugh’s role as executive vice president and chief merchandising and marketing officer effective immediately. She has served as senior vice president of strategy and project management

Retail sales gains tough to come by in February

NEW YORK — The Thomson Reuters Same Store Sales Index is forecasting a 0.5% gain in U.S. same-store sales for February, which represents an improvement from January but would fall short of the 3% growth some analysts consider a benchmark for a flourishing retail ­sector. Costco Wholesale Corp. said its comparable-store sales in the four