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Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc.

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

Walgreens Boots Alliance teams with ad giant WPP

Walgreens Boots Alliance teams with ad giant WPP

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) Inc. has teamed up with global advertising and public relations giant WPP plc in a wide-ranging marketing and communications partnership for its businesses and brands. WBA said late Tuesday that WPP will operate and develop multiple marketing and communications channels for its retail and wholesale divisions and its

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

Walgreens Boots Alliance receives UN Leadership Award

Walgreens Boots Alliance receives UN Leadership Award

NEW YORK — Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. (WBA) was honored earlier this month at the United Nations Foundation’s 2016 Global Leadership Awards Dinner for its commitment to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals through its support for well-being around the world. The UN awarded WBA for its vaccination program “Get a Shot. Give a Shot.” —

Rite Aid reports declined 2Q earnings, retail sales

Rite Aid reports declined 2Q earnings, retail sales

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Despite an uptick in total sales, lower drug reimbursement rates and script count trimmed profits at Rite Aid Corp. for its fiscal 2017 second quarter. Rite Aid also said Thursday that it continues to expect its acquisition by Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) Inc., a $17.2 billion deal announced Oct. 27, to

Paperless coupons honored by Walgreens

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens, the biggest component of Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc., has added new features to its paperless coupon program, which first appeared in 2014. The company also announced that since the program’s ­debut more than 135 million coupons from Walgreens and manufacturers have been virtually “clipped” and there has been a continual increase

WBA names Gourlay, Barra Co-COOs

WBA names Gourlay, Barra Co-COOs

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. (WBA) has realigned its senior management roles and responsibilities, as it lays the groundwork for the next phase of its evolution, which, pending Federal Trade Commission approval, will include the acquisition and integration of Rite Aid Corp. In an effort to streamline the management of the company’s global