Fred s operates more than 640 general merchandise stores, including nearly 25 franchised Fred's stores in the Southeastern United States. The company offers items that range from quality apparel to seasonal items at discount prices. Its stores feature departments for house wares, greeting cards, school supplies, beauty care, food and beverage, home furnishings, electronics and toys. Fred s also offers pharmacies and lawn and garden centers in certain cities. The company operates distribution centers in Memphis, Tenn., and Dublin, Ga. It employs 15,000-plus people nationwide. Fred s was established in 1947.