Obituary: Frank Denny
Frank Denny, a home center retailing pioneer, died July 2.
Credited for creating a sort of industry standard for warehouse home centers, Denny was president of W.R. Grace and Co.'s home center division. When Kmart bought Home Centers of America in 1984, Denny was tapped to oversee its expansion under the brand name Builders Square.
A message from Denny's family said he died Monday morning, "after the usual tough fight he was known for throughout his career." He was 79.
According to a 1981 article in National Home Center News (the forerunner of HCN), Denny was described as "one of a handful of home center industry founders." He graduated from Rutgers University in New Jersey, and in 1958 moved to California, where he bought close-out lots of lumber for a discount outlet called Angels. Three years later, he became a partner of the company.
He later helped convert an El Paso lumber yard into what became the Cashway Home Improvement chain.