Thrifty Drugs Expected To Launch Review

LOS ANGELES – Thrifty Drug Stores is expected to put the creative portion of its estimated $15-million ad account into review next month, sources have said. Agency executives have speculated about such a review since earlier this year, when Thrifty ceo Bill Yingling left the company. Yingling hired current Thrifty creative shop Basso & Associates/Newport Beach, Calif. two years ago in a review that also saw the media billings move from ICG/L.A. to Western International Media. Basso was a surprise latecomer to the 1991 review. At the time, competitors speculated that Basso won based on agency head Joe Basso’s friendship with Yingling. Gary Rocheleau, Thrifty senior vp/merchandising, declined comment. The ceo slot at the company remains open.
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