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Fred's Pharmacy Reports July Sales


July comparable store sales decreased 0.1%

Comparable sales decrease of 0.3% in second quarter, best of trailing
four quarters

Fred's, Inc. ("Fred's Pharmacy" or the "Company") (NASDAQ:FRED) today
reported sales for the four-week fiscal month of July, which ended July
29, 2017.

Fred's Pharmacy's total sales for the month decreased 3.5%
year-over-year to $150.5 million from $155.9 million in July 2016. The
decrease in sales is related primarily to the closure of 39
underperforming stores in the first quarter. Total comparable store
sales for the month saw a decrease of 0.1%, compared with a 4.6%
decrease in comparable sales in the prior year period. Comparable store
sales for July included a negative 0.6% impact as a result of the sale
of low productive discontinued inventory versus July of last year.

For the quarter ended July 29, 2017, Fred's Pharmacy's total sales
decreased 4.2% year-over-year to $507.4 million from $529.5 million in
the same period last year; related primarily to the shift from brand to
generic scripts as well as the closure of underperforming stores. Total
comparable store sales for the quarter decreased 0.3%, compared with a
2.0% decrease in comparable sales in the prior year period. Comparable
store sales for the quarter included a negative 0.8% impact as a result
of the sale of low productive discontinued inventory versus second
quarter last year.

Michael K. Bloom, Chief Executive Officer, said, "While our financial
results have been slower to materialize than we had anticipated, we are
encouraged by our improving comparable store sales and strong
performance in Retail and Specialty Pharmacy. Although slightly negative
due to industry headwinds challenging the front store consumables
category, our overall comparable sales for the second quarter represent
the best quarterly performance in the trailing four quarters. Our
improving sales trends and the strength of the pharmacy businesses
demonstrate that our healthcare transformation strategy is working. We
are confident in our ability to improve our financial performance and
drive long-term growth and profitability, and look forward to sharing
more details about our second quarter results in the coming weeks."

About Fred's Pharmacy

Tracing its history back to an original store in Coldwater, Mississippi,
opened in 1947, today Fred's Pharmacy is headquartered in Memphis,
Tennessee, and operates 601 pharmacy and general merchandise stores,
which includes 14 franchised Fred's Pharmacy locations and an additional
three specialty pharmacy-only locations. With a unique store format and
strategy that combines the best elements of a healthcare-focused drug
store with a value-focused retailer, Fred's Pharmacy stores offer more
than 12,000 frequently purchased items that address the healthcare and
everyday needs of its customers and patients. This includes nationally
recognized brands, proprietary Fred's Pharmacy label products, and a
full range of value-priced selections. The Company has two distribution
centers, one in Memphis, Tennessee, and Dublin, Georgia.

For more information about the Company, visit Fred's website at

Forward-Looking Statements

Comments in this news release that are not historical facts are
forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties that
could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in
the forward-looking statements. A reader can identify forward-looking
statements because they are not limited to historical facts or they use
such words as "outlook," "guidance," "may," "should," "could,"
"believe," "anticipate," "plan," "expect," "estimate," "forecast,"
"goal," "intend," "committed," "continue," or "will likely result" and
similar expressions that concern the Company's strategy, plans,
intentions or beliefs about future occurrences or results. These risks
and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, those associated with
the Company's announced strategic plan, the success of announced
acquisition activities and future growth trends in businesses acquired;
general economic trends; changes in consumer demand or purchase
patterns; delays or interruptions in the flow of merchandise between the
Company's distribution centers and its stores or between the Company's
suppliers and same; a disruption in the Company's data processing
services; cyber-security threats; costs and delays in acquiring or
developing new store sites; and the factors listed under "Risk Factors"
in the Company's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and any
subsequent quarterly filings on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and
Exchange Commission. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the
date made. The Company undertakes no obligation to release revisions to
these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances
after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unforeseen events,
except as required to be reported under the rules and regulations of the
Securities and Exchange Commission.

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