Ken Clark
Editor in chief

Home Channel News editor in chief Ken Clark is an eleven-year veteran of Lebhar-Friedman Inc. and was executive editor of Chain Store Age magazine before being promoted to his new position in June 2006.


A graduate of Indiana University, Ken’s 19-years of journalism experience includes nearly a decade of covering the retail industry. He began his career as a news reporter in the Caribbean for the BVI Beacon, and later joined the staff of the St. Croix Avis, in the U.S. Virgin Islands. More recently, his work in the retail field has been recognized by Lebhar-Friedman’s Blue Chip Award for Distinguished Journalism.


His editorial column on the business of the home channel appears each month in Home Channel News.


Ken lives in Metuchen, N.J., with his wife and two children.

Articles by this author:

  • Sun, 12/14/2014 - 23:12

    The former FBI agent and current CEO of Chicago-based True Value Company went undercover on the CBS TV show "Undercover Boss" broadcast Sunday night. 

    After driving a forklift, working a cash register and helping customers on the floor, John Hartmann uncovered himself as president and CEO during a reveal that packed an emotional punch. 

    [See 10 moments from the CBS episode here.]

  • Sun, 12/14/2014 - 20:42

    For the 30 publicly traded companies tracked by the HCN Stock Watch, the second quarter was better than the first, and the third quarter was better than the second.

    From Sept. 9 through Dec. 10, the 27 out of the 30 companies tracked posted positive sales gains. That figure is up from 21 positive sales gainers in the first quarter and 25 in the second. 

  • Sun, 12/14/2014 - 19:21

    Home Depot isn’t the only big national chain store that is riding the Wink wave toward smart homes.

    The story is playing out at Target, also. During a December weekend at a New Jersey store, an endcap dedicated to Wink told the story: “Smartphone, meet smart home.”

    Wink bills itself as the simpler way for a smarter home. (The dot in the “i” of wink is shaped like a house.) 

  • Tue, 11/11/2014 - 16:08

    There are good reasons for tracking housing starts as a seasonally adjusted annual rate. But purists like raw numbers.

    Adjusted figures give us better month-to-month comparisons in an industry highly affected by weather, seasons and the calendar-driven influences of house shopping patterns. The latest SAAR of total housing starts from September stands at a pace of 1,017,000. 

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  • Mon, 11/03/2014 - 17:52

    San Diego -- Here at the Dixieline Lumber facility near the old sports arena, senior VP Joe Lawrence recently told a group of industry visitors that the 101-year-old California dealer has found success amid heavy competition by making the customer -- and the contractor -- feel comfortable. 

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  • Fri, 10/31/2014 - 09:03

    San Diego -- The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association's board of directors appointed Jonathan Paine as the new president and CEO of the organization at its annual meeting on Oct. 28 at the ProDealer Industry Summit here.

    Paine has been serving as the association's executive VP since 2012 and replaces outgoing president Michael O'Brien, who is assuming other responsibilities with NLBMDA's management firm, SmithBucklin.

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  • Fri, 10/31/2014 - 08:46

    It’s the year 2025.

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  • Wed, 10/22/2014 - 18:25

    Commerce City, Colorado – A new Ace Hardware store opened here in this fast-growing Denver suburb, where the closest big box is about 10 miles away.

    Inside the new Ace Hardware at Reunion (named for the neighboring housing development), the 9,000 sq.-ft. store displays three key elements to the modern Ace strategy  -- the new Paint Studio, a heavily emphasis on Craftsman, and a centrally locacted, all-purpose information desk known as the “Helpful Hub.”

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  • Sun, 10/19/2014 - 10:59


    Chicago Sure, millennials arent buying as many houses as the youngsters of previous decades. But there are plenty of other trends in home improvement that bode well for forward-thinking companies.

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  • Sat, 10/18/2014 - 13:10

    Indianapolis -- Farm and ranch and home automation were included in a list of highlights and opportunities for retailers attending the Do it Best Fall Market, which includes 61 new vendors this year.

    Back by popular demand on the show floor is a 5,000 sq.-ft. Farm & Ranch exhibit, said Steve Markley, VP of Merchandising for the Fort Wayne, Indiana-based co-op.

    “Farm and ranch is a fast growing segment for us,” Markley said during the co-op’s Merchandising Market Preview. “There are all kinds of opportunities in that area.”

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Blogs by this author:

  • On Thursday afternoon, it was announced to the entire company of Lebhar-Friedman, publishers of Home Channel News, that one of our colleagues had died suddenly and unexpectedly.

    Dave Stewart was 51 years old. He was a salesman for HCN’s sister publication Chain Store Age. It is impossible to adequately celebrate any life with an appropriate degree of eloquence and reverence. But it can be helpful for the writer. So here it goes. 

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