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Bloom to appear in reality TV show
November 6th, 2013
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Mike Bloom, president and chief operating officer of Family Dollar Stores Inc., will be featured on the CBS-TV reality series "Undercover Boss" this week.
The episode with Bloom, a longtime executive at CVS Caremark Corp. before joining Family Dollar in 2011, is scheduled to air on Friday, Nov. 8, at 8 p.m. (Eastern and Pacific time). A preview of the episode is posted on CBS' website for the program.
For the show, Bloom went undercover to work in several of the dollar chain's stores and one of its distribution centers, where he worked at a variety of jobs alongside other employees.
Bloom decided to participate in the show in order to experience firsthand what Family Dollar employees deal with daily and to help find ways to make their jobs easier.
"I had no idea what to expect when I signed up for 'Undercover Boss,' but I am so glad I decided to participate," he said. "This was an experience that I will never forget and one that I know will forever shape the way I do my job. This experience offered more insight into what our team members experience every day and also confirmed to me that we have some incredible people working on the front lines in our stores and distribution centers."
Bloom said that, during the course of his undercover work, he had the opportunity to change the lives of several team members for the better.
"This show became more to me than just the chance to get an inside look at what goes on inside our more than 8,000 stores and 11 distribution centers," he said. "This was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me to get to know some of our team members on a very personal level. I am so proud of the team members we have working for us, and I know the changes we make, both for those featured and for those behind the scenes, will make a tremendous impact on their working lives."