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Fred’s to close more than a quarter of its stores

Meagan Nichols
Fred’s to close more than a quarter of its stores

The board of directors for Fred’s Inc. has approved the closure of 159 “underperforming stores.”   According to an April 11 U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filing from the Memphis-based discount retail chain, "The decision to close these stores is the result of a comprehensive evaluation of the company’s store portfolio, which examined historical and recent store performance and the timing of lease expirations, among other factors." The 159 stores are expected to close by the end of May. The closure list, that includes multiple Mid-South stores, can be found at the end of the article. The SEC filing goes on to state: In conjunction with today’s SEC filing, Fred’s also issued a press release that stated it had retained financial advisory firm PJ Solomon April 10 to “evaluate strategic alternatives to maximize value for all shareholders.” PJ Solomon will review Fred’s operating plan and strategic alternatives.