TRP_1170x120_3-8-19

Michael Bloom

Fred’s Inc. CEO Michael Bloom resigns

Fred’s Inc. CEO Michael Bloom resigns

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Fred’s Inc. announced on Friday that chief executive officer Michael Bloom resigned from his post, effective on April 24. He also resigned from his seat on the company’s board. Joseph Anto, the company’s executive vice president, chief financial officer and secretary, will serve as interim chief executive officer. Michael Bloom “The Board

Fred’s names successor to departing CFO

Fred’s names successor to departing CFO

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Joseph Anto has joined Fred’s Inc. as executive vice president and chief financial officer, taking over from Jason Jenne, who is leaving the company. Anto comes to Fred’s from newspaper company MediaNews Group Inc. (DigitalFirst Media), where he was senior vice president of strategy and M&A. Jenne, who only served as Fred’s

Fred’s appoints new chairman, posts 2Q net loss

Fred’s appoints new chairman, posts 2Q net loss

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Fred’s Inc. has named recently added board member Heath Freeman, president and founding member of Alden Global Capital LLC, as chairman. Also on Wednesday, Fred’s reported a net loss for its fiscal 2017 second quarter. Adjusted earnings per share (EPS) were in line with Wall Street’s forecast. Freeman, who joined the Fred’s board

Fred’s Pharmacy sees sales dip in August

Fred’s Pharmacy sees sales dip in August

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Fred’s Pharmacy reported decreased sales for August despite an improvement in comparable-store results. Fred’s said Thursday that sales for the four weeks ended Aug. 26 totaled $153 million, down 4.2% from $159.7 million a year earlier. The company attributed the decline mainly to the closing of 39 underperforming stores in the first

Fred’s tabs Alden’s Freeman for board; Bodine resigns

Fred’s tabs Alden’s Freeman for board; Bodine resigns

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Later this month, Alden Global Capital LLC president and founding member Heath Freeman is slated to join the board of directors at Fred’s Inc. Fred’s also said Monday that retail pharmacy veteran Christopher Bodine resigned from the board as of Aug. 11. Bodine, a longtime CVS executive, had joined Fred’s board in

Sales decline in June at Fred’s Pharmacy

Sales decline in June at Fred’s Pharmacy

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Fred’s Pharmacy reported decreased revenue and same-store sales for June but noted positive results in its pharmacy business. Fred’s said Thursday that for the five weeks ended July 1, sales totaled $197.5 million, down 5.3% from $208.5 million a year earlier. The company attributed the decline the closing of 39 underperforming stores

Fred’s Pharmacy records 1Q net loss

Fred’s Pharmacy records 1Q net loss

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Fred’s Pharmacy posted a fiscal 2017 first-quarter net loss, stemming largely from charges related to store closings and its planned purchase of at least 865 Rite Aid stores. Fred’s said Tuesday that for the first quarter ended April 29, the company had a net loss of $36.5 million, or 98 cents per

Fred’s sees same-store sales uptick for May

Fred’s sees same-store sales uptick for May

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Fred’s Pharmacy saw same-store sales edge up in May, though store closings led to a year-over-year revenue decline for the month. Fred’s said Thursday that sales for the four weeks ended May 27 totaled $160.1 million, down 3.1% from $165.2 million a year earlier. The company attributed the sales decrease to the closure

Sales decline at Fred’s Pharmacy

Sales decline at Fred’s Pharmacy

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Fred’s Pharmacy reported declined sales for April and its fiscal 2017 first quarter, though seasonal business lifted same-store sales for the month. Fred’s said Thursday that sales for the four weeks ended April 29 totaled $159.1 million, down 3% from $163.9 million a year earlier. April same-store sales edged up 1.2% year

NACDS elects new officers, board members

NACDS elects new officers, board members

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores announced new officers, a new executive committee member and two new board members for the 2017-18 term. NACDS said Monday that Alex Gourlay, co-chief operating officer of Walgreens Boots Alliance, was elected chairman of the NACDS board of directors at the 2017 NACDS Annual Meeting

Fred’s names two new board members

Fred’s names two new board members

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Fred’s Inc. has appointed two new board members as part of an agreement with hedge fund Alden Global Capital LLC, the discount and pharmacy chain’s largest shareholder. Fred’s said Monday that Steven Rossi, chief executive officer of Digital First Media, and Timothy Barton, founder and former CEO of Freightquote.com, have been named

Fred’s ends fiscal year with net loss, lower sales

Fred’s ends fiscal year with net loss, lower sales

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Fred’s Inc. reported declined sales and net losses for its 2016 fourth quarter and fiscal year as it awaits regulatory approval to buy up to 1,200 drug stores in connection with the Walgreens-Rite Aid merger. Fred’s said Thursday that sales for the fourth quarter ended Jan. 28, 2017, fell 4.5% to $529.7

Fred’s revamps its board of directors

Fred’s revamps its board of directors

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Fred’s Inc. has overhauled its board of directors, including the appointment of chief executive officer Michael Bloom and retail industry veterans Christopher Bodine and Peter Bocian as members. Fred’s said Tuesday that Bloom, Bodine and Bocian join the board effective immediately. Former Fred’s CEOs Jerry Shore and Michael Hayes and longtime director