Fred’s Discount Stores Filing For Bankruptcy

From: KTLO

The Fred’s store in Yellville, the last remaining Fred’s in North Central Arkansas, will be closing as the company announced Monday it is shutting its doors for good.

The Memphis, Tennessee-based company said in a statement released Monday by the Associated Press that it has filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy and has begun liquidation sales at all of its retail locations.

The company said it expects to continue fulfilling prescriptions at most of its pharmacy locations, while pursuing the sale of its pharmacies.

Fred’s has filed a motion with U.S. Bankruptcy Court seeking up to $35 million for a financing agreement with certain lenders.

Chief Executive Officer Joe Anto said despite the company’s best efforts, “we were not able to avoid this outcome.”

Fred’s started in 1947. Fred’s said earlier this year it was closing more than 280 under-performing stores in 13 states including Mountain Home and Harrison.


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