Wolfe Properties, L.L.C. was organized in October, 2005 by Dean Wolfe. As president and chief executive officer, Mr. Wolfe will continue his real estate development career in developing, managing and leasing high quality commercial and residential real estate. Mr. Wolfe will also provide consulting services to the real estate industry through Wolfe Properties.
Wolfe Properties has zoned and developed the infrastructure for a 137-acre mixed use development, Chesterfield Blue Valley. Users in the development to date include St. Louis Premium Outlets (464,000 s.f.), Burlington (55,000 s.f.), Gander Mountain (60,000 s.f.), Cavender's Boot City (20,000 s.f.) and a BP convenience store and Subway (7,500 s.f.).
Mr. Wolfe joined The May Department Stores Company in 1972 as a staff attorney in the legal department and in 1974 was named staff attorney in real estate. In 1975, he became regional manager of real estate and in 1978 was promoted to vice president, department stores-real estate. Mr. Wolfe was named senior vice president, real estate in 1981 and was promoted to executive vice president, real estate in November, 1985. Mr. Wolfe was promoted to executive vice president, acquisitions and real estate in 1996, and was elected to May’s board of directors in December 1997. He retired from May in August 2005.
During Mr. Wolfe’s 33-year career with May, the company grew from 90 department stores in 1972 to 487 in 2005. Mr. Wolfe led an aggressive expansion of May’s department stores—enabling the company to open an average of 10 to 12 new stores per year. Also under his leadership, May Centers, Inc. grew into a collection of 27 regional malls in key locations across the country until it was sold in 1992. The annual capital expenditure by May over the last 10 years averaged $700,000,000 and 4.5 million square feet of new space.
Mr. Wolfe received his B.S. degree in business administration from the University of Kansas and his J.D. degree from the University of Kansas School of Law. He has remained active in support of the University as an alumni with endowments for Mock Trial and Teaching Awards. He is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and formerly served on its board of trustees and executive committee. He has served on the board of directors and executive committee for the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association. He was also involved in efforts to revitalize the City of St. Louis by serving on the board of Downtown NOW. Mr. Wolfe was a member of the board, executive committee and real estate committee of Grand Center, Inc. for 8 years. He served on the Lutheran Family and Children’s Services Foundation board for 6 years, most recently as chairman. He was a member on the advisory board of Schnucks Markets, Inc., the largest privately owned grocer in St. Louis, and the City Arch River 2015 board for revitalization of the Arch grounds.
Mr. Wolfe and his wife, Cheryl, reside in Clayton where he was elected and served on its Board of Alderman from 1991 to 1999. Additional civic participation included serving on Clayton’s Recreation Sports & Wellness Center Committee (built and managed 140,000 s.f. city/school recreational facility), Plan Commission & Architectural Review Board, Strategic Planning Committee, and Parks & Recreation Commission.