History
1926

Birth of Anthony F. Sansone

Anthony F. Sansone was born on July 19th, 1926, in St. Louis, Missouri to Italian immigrant Anthony “Lan” Sansone and Rose Cammarata Sansone.
1954

Marriage of Tony and Mary Anne

Anthony F. Sansone marries his beloved wife, Mary Anne Michaels in St. Louis, Missouri. They are married for 66 years and have two daughters and six sons together: Deby, Cindy, Tony, Jr., Jim, Gregg, Tim, Doug, and Nick.

1957

Sansone Group is Founded

Anthony F. Sansone, Sr. opens Sansone Realty Co.’s doors on Hampton Avenue in 1957. Over the years, Sansone Group has been housed at 7777 Bonhomme Ave., 8860 Ladue Rd, 12161 Manchester at Olympic Oaks Village Shopping Center, Bonhomme Place, and currently resides in Clayton at 120 S. Central Ave.

1970

First Retail Development

Mr. Sansone represents Dayton Hudson Corporation, Target’s parent company, on several locations for Target in the St. Louis area. Instead of taking a commission on one of the deals, Mr. Sansone takes the out-parcels and develops two 15,000-square-foot strip malls he named Ballwin Village. Both are leased up before construction is even complete.

1976

Enters Residential Development Sector

Sansone Group develops Maryville Gardens and enters a new residential housing sector for low-income seniors.
1979

Development of First Power Center

For the first time, Sansone Group breaks ground on a multi-anchor power center. The 180,000 square-foot Lakeview Plaza, located at the intersection of Lemay Ferry and Forder Road, includes tenant such as Kroger and Walgreens.

1980

Enters Third-Party Property Management

Rolla Senior Apartments in Rolla, Missouri, marks the beginning of owned and third-party property management for Sansone Group and officially initiates the Residential Property Management division of the firm.
1986

First TIF Project in Missouri

The first Tax Increment Financing project ever done in the state of Missouri. Sansone Group improves infrastructure as a requirement to develop Dierbergs Clocktower Place Center at West Florissant Avenue is said to be a turning point in the economic growth of the North County area.

1998

DDR Corporation Agreement

Sansone Group enters into an agreement with DDR Corporation to participate in the management of the company. This arrangement served both firms well.

2006

Expansion: Sansone Group grows beyond St. Louis

In 2006, Sansone Group opens its first office outside St. Louis and expands to Florida in the Palm Beach Gardens area.

2014

Mr. Sansone Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Anthony F. Sansone, Sr. is honored with the “Lifetime Achievement Award” at the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Gala. This award recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their business and communities throughout their career.

2015

Sansone Group Reacquires DDR’s Interest

Over time, the business pursuits of DDR and Sansone Group evolve individually, and Sansone Group reacquires DDR’s interest.

Joint Venture with Goldman Sachs

In a Joint Venture with Goldman Sachs, Sansone Group acquires two shopping centers in Sunset Hills – The Plaza at Sunset Hills and Shoppes at Sunset Hills. This joint venture model is a common structure used today with other capital partners.

2018

First Healthcare Development Project

Sansone Group delves into healthcare with the development of Cardinal Glennon North County Children’s Medical Facility in Ferguson, MO.

2019

Introduction of the Industrial Development Partnership Program

The Industrial Development Partnership Program begins. Sansone Group partners with key commercial real estate professionals to source deals and projects across the country.

First Industrial Joint Venture and Acquisition

Recognizing the strong demand for industrial distribution centers, Sansone Group enters a joint venture with Fortress Investment Group, acquiring the first industrial property in Couchville, TN outside Nashville.

2020

Celebration of Life for Anthony F. Sansone, Sr.

After a long and meaningful life, the Founder and Chairman of Sansone Group, Anthony F. Sansone, Sr., passes away on April 27, 2020 at the age of 93. Nearly 1,000 friends and family attend the Celebration of Life, officiated by Cardinal Timothy Dolan at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis.
2021

Legacy Park at Tradition Breaks Ground

Sansone Group breaks ground on the first industrial development project in Port St. Lucie, FL. The 425 acre project is named Legacy Park in honor of founder Anthony F. Sansone, Sr.

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