NEW YORK ­— Thomas J. Lehnen, a longtime Neiman Marcus executive, died July 6 at home in Anna Maria, Fla. The cause of death was a heart attack, according to his wife, Patricia. He was 68.

Lehnen spent most of his 24-year retail career planning and overseeing the construction and renovation of stores. He began at Federated Department Stores in 1976, rising to vice president of store development and properties for Bullock’s Los Angeles three years later. In 1984 he became senior vice president of real estate properties and development at Bloomingdale’s.

Lehnen joined Neiman Marcus in 1989 as senior vice president of properties and new store development, a position he held until his retirement in 2000.

“Tom, during his 11 years with the Neiman Marcus Group, made an outstanding contribution and was a very valuable part of our team,” said Burton Tansky, president and chief executive officer of NMG. “He helped us to select the real estate and plan the rollout of our new stores and the remodeling of many of our stores. He had a high level of energy and activity. He was extremely well thought of.”

Tansky said Neiman’s typically opens two or three stores a year and remodels as many, if not more, existing units.

With his wife, Lehnen collected art and served on the board of the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, Tarpon Springs Campus, St. Petersburg College. The couple donated the Patricia A. and Thomas J. Lehnen Family Art Collection to the museum, which includes works by Alexander Calder, Dale Chihuly and Victor Vasarely.

In addition to his wife, Lehnen is survived by a brother.

A service will be held at the Roser Memorial Community Church in Anna Maria on Aug. 5 at 11 a.m. Services in New York and Dallas will be scheduled at a later date, the family said.

This story first appeared in the July 27, 2006 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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