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Robert E. Dewar

K-Mart Corporation

1972 - 1979

Retail

Military ServiceNavy
1970 b. 1923
male
EducationOneDegree
UndergraduateWayne State University
Personal
Born-Died1923 - 2000
BirthplaceMichigan (MI)
RaceWhite
Era - 1970

With a law degree from Wayne State University, Dewar joined S. S. Kresge (K-Mart) in the legal department. However, he became more interested in business than law and eventually led K-Martís huge expansion of retail stores nationwide. He opened 271 stores in 1976 alone and within only eight years, he opened over 1,200 locations, one of the largest expansions in retailing history. Between 1970 and 1980, he worked to increase sales from $2.5 billion to $14.2 billion.