Walgreens Boots Alliance

Walgreens chief merchant Linda Filler to depart

Walgreens chief merchant Linda Filler to depart

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens chief merchant Linda Filler is leaving the drug chain effective April 1. A Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) spokesman on Wednesday confirmed the departure of Filler, who holds the titles of president of retail products as well as chief merchandising and marketing officer. “We appreciate Linda’s contributions to our company. Under her

President Donald Trump meets with retail CEOs

President Donald Trump meets with retail CEOs

WASHINGTON — Promoting his economic platform with business leaders, President Donald Trump today met with top retail executives at the White House. Focusing on Trump’s plank of job creation, simplification of the tax code and reduced regulatory red tape, the Wednesday morning meeting was a scheduled event with the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA). The

Fred’s readies funding to buy more Rite Aid stores

Fred’s readies funding to buy more Rite Aid stores

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Fred’s Inc. has amended a revolving credit facility 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 million. Among other

Jury still out on WBA-Rite Aid merger deal

Jury still out on WBA-Rite Aid merger deal

WASHINGTON — The acquisition of Rite Aid Corp. by Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) Inc. remained unconsummated after WBA’s plan to divest 865 stores failed to erase antitrust regulators’ competitive concerns. When the Friday, January 27, deadline for completing the Walgreens-Rite Aid merger deal arrived, the Federal Trade Commission still hadn’t cleared the transaction, despite the

Walgreens to house FedEx delivery locations

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. and FedEx Corp. announced an agreement to provide convenient access to FedEx drop-off and pickup services in nearly 8,000 Walgreens locations by the fall of 2018. The companies said there would be a small-scale rollout this spring and that the program would be available at thousands of Walgreens

Marking Walgreens’ retail transformation

Marking Walgreens’ retail transformation

Executives from Walgreens Boots Alliance, Walgreens and many of its suppliers were feted at a reception celebrating Chain Drug Review’s  publication in December of a special report on the retailer’s recent changes and its positioning for the future. The event was held at the Chicago Marriott Suites in Deerfield, Ill., near the Walgreens headquarters. The

Fred’s finishes fiscal year with sales declines

Fred’s finishes fiscal year with sales declines

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Sales continued to slide at Fred’s Inc., as the discount and pharmacy retailer reported decreases for its fiscal 2016 fourth quarter and full year and January 2017. Fred’s said Thursday that January sales totaled $148.1 million, down 5.6% from $156.9 million a year earlier. Same-store sales for the month fell 4.8%, compared

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

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

Walgreens-Rite Aid merger deal date extended

Walgreens-Rite Aid merger deal date extended

DEERFIELD, Ill., CAMP HILL, Pa. — Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) Inc. and Rite Aid Corp. have agreed to extend the end date for their merger deal and lower the offer price. The companies said Monday that the deal end date has been moved to July 31 — after the previous extension expired this past Friday

A new player in WBA-Rite Aid-FTC talks?

A new player in WBA-Rite Aid-FTC talks?

As the clock winds down on today’s deal end date for the Walgreens-Rite Aid merger, a report of a new potential player has emerged. Citing anonymous sources, the New York Post reported Friday that private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management has expressed interest in the 865 Rite Aid stores that Walgreens Boots Alliance and Rite

Stefano Pessina: Rite Aid deal talks ‘ongoing’

Stefano Pessina: Rite Aid deal talks ‘ongoing’

NEW YORK — Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) is still negotiating with the Federal Trade Commission to gain antitrust clearance for its $17 billion deal to acquire Rite Aid Corp., WBA executive vice chairman and chief executive officer Stefano Pessina said at the company’s annual shareholders meeting. “The FTC is doing its job. The process is

Reports: Rite Aid shares briefly halt over FTC concerns

Reports: Rite Aid shares briefly halt over FTC concerns

Trading of Rite Aid shares was briefly halted on the New York Stock Exchange on Friday when the stock price sank following published reports that the Federal Trade Commission is iffy about antitrust concessions for approval of the Walgreens-Rite Aid merger. Rite Aid shares suspended trading after dropping 18% but resumed minutes later, TheStreet.com reported.

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