Alan Shor has joined Riata Capital Group LLC as an operating partner. Shor previously served as President, COO, and member of the Board of Directors of Zale Corp. He is currently co-founder and President of The Retail Connection, a real estate advisory, management and investment firm.
Dallas, Texas, December 1, 2015 — Riata Capital Group, LLC, a leading Dallas-based private investment firm, announced today that it has partnered with Alan Shor to invest in high-growth, specialty retail and multi-channel consumer companies. Mr. Shor is Co-Founder and President of The Retail Connection, a real estate advisory, management, and investment firm that represents over 275 retail and restaurant chains.
Mr. Shor brings more than 25 years of operating and real estate experience, knowledge and relationships in consumer and specialty retail businesses. Prior to co-founding The Retail Connection, Mr. Shor served as President, Chief Operating Officer, and member of the Board of Directors of Zale Corporation, North America’s largest specialty retailer of fine jewelry with 2,300 retail locations, and guided its successful turnaround in the early 1990’s. Mr. Shor has been involved with several of the Riata principals’ past investments, including Teavana and European Wax Center.
Riata Managing Partner Barron Fletcher said: “Alan is a trusted partner who brings invaluable perspective and very strong operating capabilities to consumer-facing retail and service platforms. We have made multiple successful investments with Alan in the past, and we look forward to replicating that success again.”
Mr. Shor said: “My close relationship with the team at Riata Capital goes back many years. We have been very successful historically, and continue to see many compelling opportunities to invest in high-growth, specialty retail and multi-channel consumer companies. With the added talent and resources of The Retail Connection that can be made available to support our investment activities as needed, we are excited about our prospects going forward.”
Riata Managing Partner Jeff Fronterhouse said, “Alan’s extensive real estate, retail and operating experience will be a great asset to our consumer investment activities. His deep connections in consumer and retail circles will enhance our ability to find attractive investment opportunities.”
Over the past two decades, Riata’s principals have completed forty two consumer transactions, representing over $3.1 billion in aggregate transaction value, and have created considerable value for investors. Representative investments include Dollar Tree, European Wax Center, Hibbett Sports, Lids, Moosejaw, Teavana, Walls Industries, The Children’s Place and Fragrance Outlet.
About Riata Capital Group, LLC
Riata Capital Group is a leading Dallas-based private equity investment firm that partners with seasoned management teams to invest in growing, profitable, privately-held companies across North America with a focus on four core industry sectors: consumer, energy, healthcare, and business & industrial services. The firm takes a selective approach to investing in high-potential businesses whose owners and management teams want an investment partner with the capital, experience, and record of successful collaboration required to achieve their liquidity and value-creation objectives. Over the course of their careers, the principals of Riata have sponsored over 55 platform investments and 75 add-on acquisitions representing over $4 billion in transaction value. With significant investment experience, a balanced team with financial and operating expertise, a strong team of seasoned operating partners, and significant experience in the firm’s core sectors, Riata provides a compelling value proposition to business owners and entrepreneurs.