Investment

Client-centered acquisition, development, merchant banking, and strategic capital services enable us to align with our retail clients to deliver their objectives. Created as retailer-driven service arms, Connected Acquisition Services and Connected Development Services not only advise retailers on their acquisition and development strategies, but assist with structuring investment joint ventures. Our Merchant Banking team in conjunction with Connected Capital, assists entrepreneurial and emerging growth retail and restaurant chains with operating expertise and sources of capital for their operations. With unsurpassed knowledge and commitment, we align with our clients to optimize the value of their enterprise by partnering for success.
ACQUISITION
 
The Retail Connection’s acquisition platform, Connected Acquisition Services, is the client-driven retail services leader in Texas for retail properties. With its vast amount of contacts in the industry and the seasoned judgment of its investment professionals, Connected Acquisition Services advises its retail clients and structures joint ventures to purchase retail investment properties, which can be single-tenant, multi-tenant or even portfolio assets. 

Connected Acquisition Services investment philosophy is concentrated on core-plus, value-add and opportunistic investments in major metropolitan markets, as well as certain tertiary markets where strong fundamentals and upside are anticipated. Our substantial market and tenant knowledge allows us to better understand which prospective investments are more compelling to us and our partners, which results in stronger and more predictable returns.

Our extensive research and capital markets knowledge enable us to expertly advise our clients and partners on their equity and debt options. Our relationships with leading national and regional lenders facilitate our ability to aggressively source capital to assure that each acquisition, development or refinancing situation receives the most optimal terms available in the marketplace.

For more information, contact Steve Hefner at shefner@theretailconnection.net.  

ACQUISITIONS
 
Woodpark | Spring, Texas | 143,850 SF
 
Mills Pointe | Carrollton, Texas | 196,590 SF
 
Hulen Pointe | Fort Worth, Texas | 174,783 SF
 
Village On The Parkway | Addison, Texas | 381,021 SF
[sold | UBS]
 
Willowbrook Plaza | Houston, Texas | 384,556 SF
[sold | DDR]
  
Town Centre Plaza | Mesquite, Texas | 94,109 SF
[sold | American Realty Capital] 
DEVELOPMENT
 
For retailers in an expansion or development mode, Connected Development Services advises retailers on their development strategies and structures development joint ventures.
 
Connected Development Services, created as a retailer-driven services arm, extends The Retail Connection’s reach immeasurably, giving the firm the ability to deliver any or all aspects of the development process. Connected Development Services facilitates The Retail Connections' client expansion plans by delivering tenant-driven, build-to-suit programs.  Our team has the expertise and relationships requisite to redevelop retail properties through repositioning, remodeling and remerchandising the tenant mix.  At the same time, we have the experience necessary to convert raw land into income-producing properties. 
 
Specifically, the group specializes in all aspects of the development, re-development and renovation of retail projects across the Southwest.  
•  Feasibility Studies
•  Pro-forma Preparation
•  Site Selection & Land Acquisition
•  Lease and Sales Structuring
•  Budgeting, Accounting and Financing
•  Municipal Approvals Including Zoning and Permitting
•  Project Management
DEVELOPMENTS
 
The Village at Cumberland Park | Tyler, Texas |
713,618 SF
 
Hurricane Creek | Benton, Arkansas | 235,000 SF
 
The Shoppes at Parkwest | Katy, Texas | Phase 1 133,128 SF | Total Project 408,500 SF
 
Hobby Lobby 
Plano, Texas | 55,000 SF
 
 
Patron Plaza San Antonio, Texas | 11,000 SF
 
Settler’s Landing | Tyler, Texas | 160,000 SF
 
Arlington Highlands | Arlington, Texas | 625,600 SF
[sold | AEW Capital Management]
 
Arlington Highlands East | Arlington, Texas | 109,727 SF
[sold | AEW Capital Management]
 
Mansfield Pointe | Mansfield, Texas | 150,000 SF
[sold | Inland Real Estate Corporation]
 
Weatherford Ridge | Weatherford, Texas | 381,000 SF
[sold | Dunhill Partners]
  
 
NEW DEVELOPMENT
  
La Cascata | Killeen, Texas | Phase 1 175,000 SF | Total project 350,000 SF
 
The Realm of Corpus Christi | Corpus Christi, Texas | 640,000 SF
   
McAlester Town Center | McAlester, Oklahoma | 200,000 SF
   
 
RE-DEVELOPMENT
 
Former Target | San Antonio, Texas | 120,000 SF 
 
Sherwin Williams | Tyler, Texas | 7,202 SF  
 
Village On The Parkway Addison, Texas | 381,000 SF
[sold | UBS]
 
For more information, contact David Wilson at dwilson@theretailconnection.net. 
STRATEGIC CAPITAL
 
At The Retail Connection, we connect capital and opportunities to deliver both transactions and real value for our clients and partners. Our acquisition and merchant banking team are experienced across all retail property types of any size and format.
 
We combine extensive in-depth research and broad experience with real time market conditions, providing highly trusted advice.
 
Whether you are seeking to acquire or dispose of an asset, raise equity through a joint venture or bank financing, reposition your investment strategy or enter new real estate markets, The Retail Connection can provide the right capital at the right time for the right transaction.

For more information, contact Doug Nash at dnash@theretailconnection.net.  
MERCHANT BANKING
 
The Retail Connection’s specialization and alignment with retailers allow the Company to reach beyond real estate into the core operations of our clients' businesses.
 
Our merchant banking team, Connected Capital, assists entrepreneurial and emerging growth retail and restaurant chains with strategic guidance, operating expertise and sources of capital for their operations.
   
With unsurpassed knowledge and commitment, we align with retailers and restauranteurs to optimize the value of their enterprise by partnering for success.
 
Teavana | An Atlanta based high end retail chain specializing in teas and related merchandise from around the world | [IPO July, 2011 NYSE Symbol: TEA bought by Starbucks December 2012]
 
Marmalade Cafe | A California based up-scale restaurant chain
 
Mervyn’s Holdings, Inc.
 
Regional Management Corp. | A South Carolina based small loan retail chain | [IPO March, 2012 NYSE Symbol: RM]
 
Mealey’s Furniture | A Philadelphia based regional furniture chain
 
Sovereign | A Dallas based regional bank
 
TFO, Inc. | A Florida based national chain of fragrance stores located primarily in better outlet centers
 
BazaarVoice | A social network that helps businesses capture, display, share, and analyze customer conversations online [IPO February, 2012 NYSE Symbol: BV]
 
TacoMac | An Atlanta based casual restaurant chain
 
European Wax Center | A 500+ chain affordable waxing service
 
SunTex | A fund focused on purchasing and operating marinas across the U.S.
 
Republic Insurance Company | A national property and casualty insurance company
 
Tiff’s Treats | An Austin based chain selling fresh-baked cookies

For more information, contact Alan Shor at ashor@theretailconnection.net.