the voice of THE Industry

It’s strange to believe now, but back in 1925 the concept of a chain retail store was far from common, with only three national chains operating in the U.S.: A&P, Woolworth’s, and United Cigar Stores.  However, as the economy prospered, more and more companies took to the bold concept of opening stores in multiple locations under a central brand and management.

Enter a bright, young man from Arkansas named Arnold D. Friedman, who, recognizing that chain stores were the future of retail in America, had the idea to start a magazine for the growing field.  He approached 11 publishers before finally finding a taker in John Stern, an experienced business publisher who invested in the startup and put his best editor, Godfrey M. Lebhar, into the venture.

And so in June of 1925, Friedman, as president and salesman, together with Lebhar, the chairman and editor, launched Lebhar-Friedman’s first publication, Chain Store Age.

Today, LF is both a storied publishing firm and a wholly new media company. LF continues to be deeply committed to serving the retail industry with best-in-class media brands, content products, and technology across all devices and channels.  We are also taking our history of innovation in dynamic new directions, providing professional education, live event experiences, and consumer-facing media.

LF is now under its third-generation of family leadership in Randall Friedman, the son of company chairman Roger Friedman and the grandson of founder Arnold D. Friedman. Randall’s sister, Amanda Mosle Friedman, is an active member of the Board of Directors.