Fred's profit beats in Q1, on track to open up to 28 stores this year

Memphis, Tenn. -- Fred's Inc. reported Thursday that profit for the quarter ended April 28 rose 9.9% to $10.5 million, compared with $9.5 million in the year-ago period.

Revenue increased 3.3% to $500.5 million, edging Wall Street’s expected $500.3 million, but same-store sales dipped 0.4%.

The company opened three new regular stores and four express pharmacy stores during the quarter, as part of its plan to open 22 to 28 stores this year.