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:

  • Wed, 10/22/2014 - 19:25

    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 - 11:59

     

    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 - 14:10

    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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  • Thu, 10/16/2014 - 13:31

    Chicago -- October is the most exciting month for Wall Street, and that's often not a good thing.

    Josh Rosenbaum, managing director of RBC Capital Markets, has led Wall Street-focused presentations several times during the month of October in years past -- including scary months from the depths of the housing and financial crises.

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  • Thu, 10/16/2014 - 10:11

    As part of a broad strategic plan, True Value unveiled a new approach to merchandising and pricing during the Chicago-based co-op’s General Session in Denver.

    One takeaway: expect fewer opening price points in the True Value assortments. “No one makes money on opening-price-point product,” said Ken Goodgame, True Value’s senior VP and chief merchandise officer.

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  • Mon, 09/22/2014 - 10:13

    Orlando, Florida -- With Internet sales growing faster than other channels across the U.S. retail scene, Ace Hardware rolled out a new Web-embracing deal for dealers.

    In essence, retailers that sign up for Ace’s In-Store Pick Up service receive 100% profit on Internet sales, up from 70%.

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  • Thu, 09/18/2014 - 19:08

    Orlando, Florida – Ace’s current merchandise strategy is heavy on the paint department, but there were plenty of other categories making news in the 850,000 square feet of exhibits here at the Orange County Convention Center.

    Ace Hardware VP Merchandising Frank Carroll, speaking during the General Session here at the 2014 Fall Ace Convention & Exhibits, described the market as “a retail wonderland” with paint leading the way.

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  • Wed, 09/17/2014 - 11:31

    Orlando, Florida -- Financing and technology were among the new-and-improved tools that Ace Hardware executives rolled out onto the stage of the Ace Hardware general session here Wednesday morning.

    At the same session, the co-op rallied around the morning's slogan "Building Momentum," and executives had statistics to back it up.             

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  • Tue, 09/16/2014 - 10:26

    The West Coast Lumber & Building Material Association continues to offer guidance to pro dealer members in the wake of a$1.6 million Lowe’s settlement regarding alleged violations of dimensional lumber descriptions.

    In a letter to members from WCLBMA executive director Ken Dunham offered advice on how to avoid run-ins with the state agencies when it comes to labeling and advertising products.

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  • Mon, 09/08/2014 - 19:26

    In the wake of the recent $1.6 million Lowe’s settlement over the description of dimensional lumber in California, a deputy district attorney involved in the case said that companies are within their rights to describe dimensional lumber in nominal terms, as opposed to actual terms.

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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.