Fred’s Inc.

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

Fred’s to acquire specialty pharmacy

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Fred’s Inc. plans to acquire specialty pharmacy EntrustRx as part of a $66 million deal. The Southeastern discount store chain said Wednesday that it will buy Reeves-Sain Drug Store Inc., a specialty and retail pharmacy company based in the greater Nashville, Tenn., area. The deal includes EntrustRx, a specialty pharmacy operation with

Fred’s appoints Bloom president and COO

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Former CVS and Family Dollar Stores Inc. executive Mike Bloom has become president and chief operating officer of small-box discounter Fred’s Inc. “Our board of directors views this senior management addition as an important step in the process of developing the Fred’s team of the future,” said company chairman Michael Hayes. “The hiring