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Bryan Pugh

Pugh takes new post at Jo-Ann Stores

Pugh takes new post at Jo-Ann Stores

Food and drug retail veteran Bryan Pugh — most recently of Fred’s and, before that, Walgreens — has shifted to a new retailing segment with his move to Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores. The fabric and craft specialty retailer announced that Pugh has joined the company as executive vice president of stores and store operations,

Bloom becomes CEO at Fred’s

Bloom becomes CEO at Fred’s

MEMPHIS — Mike Bloom has been named chief executive officer of 651-store Fred’s Inc. He succeeds Jerry Shore, who is ­retiring. Bloom, who joined Fred’s as president and chief operating officer in January 2015, has worked closely with Shore on building a strong management team to ensure a smooth and effective transition. Bloom will lead

Fred’s appoints new chief merchant

Fred’s appoints new 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 — Bryan Pugh has resigned as chief merchant at Fred’s Inc. and has been replaced by Mary Lou Gardner.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

Pugh to head marketing, merchandising at Fred’s

MEMPHIS — Fred’s Inc. has bolstered its executive team with three major appointments while strengthening its specialty pharmacy presence with an acquisition. The regional discount store and pharmacy operator has named Bryan Pugh chief merchandising and marketing officer. Pugh most recently was chief merchandising officer for Walgreen Co., where he served for six years in

Former Walgreens merchandising exec Pugh joins Fred’s

Former Walgreens merchandising exec Pugh joins Fred’s

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Former Walgreen Co. executive Bryan Pugh has been hired by Fred’s Inc. as chief merchandising and marketing officer. The discount general merchandise chain said late Wednesday that Pugh will develop new merchandising and marketing strategies and processes as well as enhance current ones. He will also be tasked with promoting stronger supplier