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Jo-Ann Stores names Fred’s, Walgreens vet to new exec role


Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores has appointed Bryan Pugh to the newly created position of executive VP, stores and store operations. He will lead financial, operational and cultural leadership of Jo-Ann Stores.


Pugh joins Jo-Ann from Fred’s Pharmacy & Super Dollar where he served as executive VP, chief merchandising and marketing officer. His experience also includes serving as senior VP, chief merchandising officer at Walgreen Co. in addition to several roles of increasing responsibility at Tesco.

Pugh began his career at Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club Division, where he held roles in operations, merchandising and marketing.


Jo-Ann also appointed Jim Bellore as senior VP, store operations and store support. Bellore most recently served as senior vice president, store operations at The Bon-Ton Stores.

Previously, he held store operations leadership positions at Saks Inc., Carson Pirie Scott, and Dayton Hudson Inc.

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