Investing Activity

Retail, Restaurants, and Consumer Products

We are one of the most active investors in the consumer sector in general with a specific focus on multi-unit and multi-channel companies. We seek scale companies with strong, well-established brands with the opportunity to substantially grow earnings by partnering with and empowering best in class management teams. Since 2007, we have invested in or acquired approximately 20 brands with revenues in excess of $15 billion.

“I was drawn to the CEO role at California Pizza Kitchen due not only to the strength of the brand and the opportunity to join a leading organization, but also by the opportunity to partner with the Golden Gate Capital team. Their exceptional operating knowledge and industry expertise made for an ideal circumstance. Golden Gate truly empowers management teams to make the changes necessary to improve companies and create meaningful value.”

- GJ Hart, CEO of California Pizza Kitchen

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California Pizza Kitchen

California Pizza Kitchen, Inc., (“CPK”) founded in 1985, is a leading casual dining chain featuring an imaginative line of hearth-baked pizzas, including the original BBQ Chicken Pizza, and a broad selection of distinctive pastas, salads, appetizers, soups, sandwiches and desserts. Of the chain’s 265 restaurants, 205 are company-owned and 60 operate under franchise or license agreements. CPK premium pizzas are also available to sports and entertainment fans at three Southern California venues: Dodger Stadium, Angel Stadium of Anaheim and STAPLES Center. The Company also has a licensing arrangement with Nestle USA to manufacture and distribute a line of California Pizza Kitchen premium frozen products.

www.cpk.com

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California Pizza Kitchen

Eddie Bauer

Eddie Bauer

Established in 1920 in Seattle, Eddie Bauer is a specialty retailer that sells outerwear, apparel and accessories for the active outdoor lifestyle. The Eddie Bauer brand is a nationally recognized brand that stands for high quality, innovation, style and customer service. Eddie Bauer products are available at over 300 stores throughout the United States and Canada, through catalog sales and online. Eddie Bauer participates in a joint venture in Japan and has licensing agreements across a variety of product categories.

www.eddiebauer.com

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Eddie Bauer

Eddie Bauer

J. Jill

J. Jill

J. Jill is a leading multi-channel retailer of woman’s apparel. Emphasizing a sophisticated casual lifestyle, J. Jill offers its merchandise through 205 stores across the United States, a website, and catalogs. Originally founded in 1959, J. Jill is headquartered in Quincy, Massachusetts.

www.jjill.com

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J. Jill

J. Jill

Neways

Neways

Neways is a leading manufacturer and distributor of safe, effective and innovative personal care and nutritional products. Neways’ mission is to enhance the health, wealth and well-being of people around the world. Products are sold through a worldwide network of independent distributors with sales in 29 countries.  Neways’ headquarters are located in Springville, Utah and the company has 10 additional offices across the globe.

www.neways.com

 

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Neways skip

Next Model Management

Next Model Management

Next Model Management (“Next”) is one of the biggest and most successful fashion talent agencies in the world, established 22 years ago, and with offices in London, Paris, Milan, New York, Los Angeles and Miami. Next is consistently ranked in the world’s top 3 most powerful agencies and its roster includes supermodels Arizona Muse, Abbey Lee Kershaw, Karlie Kloss, Anja Rubik, Zuzanna Bijoch, Tatiana Cotliar, Hailey Clauson, Petra Nemcova and Ana Beatriz Barros among others. Founder Faith Kates, runs the international network alongside Joel Wilkenfeld who joined in 1992.

www.nextmodels.com

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Next Model Management

Next Model Management

Pacific Sunwear

Pacific Sunwear

Pacific Sunwear of California, Inc., founded in 1980, is a leading specialty retailer rooted in the action sports, fashion and music influences of the California lifestyle. The Company sells a combination of branded and proprietary casual apparel, accessories and footwear designed to appeal to teens and young adults both online and through mall-based retail stores across the United States.

www.pacsun.com

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Pacific Sunwear

Pacific Sunwear

payless

Payless Shoe Source

Payless ShoeSource (“Payless”) is the largest specialty family footwear retailer in the Western Hemisphere. Payless’ mission is to be the first choice for budget-conscious consumers who shop for shoes and accessories. The company offers a wide range of trend-right and essential shoes and accessory items at affordable prices to help every family member look good every step of the way.  Today, Payless serves millions of consumers through its powerful global network of stores in all 50 U.S. states, as well as in Puerto Rico, Guam, Saipan, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, Central America, the Caribbean and South America. The company also has an expanding presence in the Eastern Hemisphere through franchising arrangements.

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Payless Shoe Source

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Red Lobster

Red Lobster, founded in 1968, is the world’s largest seafood restaurant concept operating more than 700 restaurants across the U.S. and Canada and a growing international franchisee footprint.  Red Lobster is focused on delivering freshly prepared, high-quality seafood dishes at reasonable prices including an extensive menu featuring fresh fish, shrimp, crab, lobster, scallops and other seafood and non-seafood options.  Headquartered in Orlando, Florida, the Red Lobster team comprises more than 58,000 associates.

www.redlobster.com

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Red Lobster

Tactical Holdings

Tactical Holdings

Tactical Holdings is a leading manufacturer of footwear and technical apparel for the U.S. Armed Forces, with over 30 years of experience supplying combat boots to the Army.  Tactical Holdings is a holding company comprised of three primary brands: Wellco Enterprises, Altama Delta Corporation, and Massif Holdings.  The Company’s footwear products include military combat boots – including the hot weather boot, temperate weather boot, and the anti-personnel mine boot – as well as similar military-style footwear for the civilian consumer.

http://www.altama.com
http://www.wellco.com
http://www.massif.com

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Tactical Holdings

Tactical Holdings

Zale Corporation

Zale Corporation

For nearly 90 years, Zale Corporation has provided extraordinary ways to say “I love you.” As a leading specialty retailer in North America, the Zale family of brands provides its customers with fine jewelry, watches and diamonds, including an exclusive wedding collection, that offer great value at more than 1,890 locations throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, and online at zales.com, gordonsjewelers.com, zalesoutlet.com, peoplesjewellers.com and pagoda.com. With an exceptional assortment of jewelry and gifts, the company’s brands are famous for helping turn important milestones and celebrations into priceless, life-long memories.

www.zalecorp.com

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Zale Corporation

Zale Corporation

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California Pizza Kitchen

California Pizza Kitchen, Inc., (“CPK”) founded in 1985, is a leading casual dining chain featuring an imaginative line of hearth-baked pizzas, including the original BBQ Chicken Pizza, and a broad selection of distinctive pastas, salads, appetizers, soups, sandwiches and desserts. Of the chain’s 265 restaurants, 205 are company-owned and 60 operate under franchise or license agreements. CPK premium pizzas are also available to sports and entertainment fans at three Southern California venues: Dodger Stadium, Angel Stadium of Anaheim and STAPLES Center. The Company also has a licensing arrangement with Nestle USA to manufacture and distribute a line of California Pizza Kitchen premium frozen products.

www.cpk.com

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California Pizza Kitchen
Eddie Bauer

Eddie Bauer

Established in 1920 in Seattle, Eddie Bauer is a specialty retailer that sells outerwear, apparel and accessories for the active outdoor lifestyle. The Eddie Bauer brand is a nationally recognized brand that stands for high quality, innovation, style and customer service. Eddie Bauer products are available at over 300 stores throughout the United States and Canada, through catalog sales and online. Eddie Bauer participates in a joint venture in Japan and has licensing agreements across a variety of product categories.

www.eddiebauer.com

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Eddie Bauer
J. Jill

J. Jill

J. Jill is a leading multi-channel retailer of woman’s apparel. Emphasizing a sophisticated casual lifestyle, J. Jill offers its merchandise through 205 stores across the United States, a website, and catalogs. Originally founded in 1959, J. Jill is headquartered in Quincy, Massachusetts.

www.jjill.com

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J. Jill
Next Model Management

Next Model Management

Next Model Management (“Next”) is one of the biggest and most successful fashion talent agencies in the world, established 22 years ago, and with offices in London, Paris, Milan, New York, Los Angeles and Miami. Next is consistently ranked in the world’s top 3 most powerful agencies and its roster includes supermodels Arizona Muse, Abbey Lee Kershaw, Karlie Kloss, Anja Rubik, Zuzanna Bijoch, Tatiana Cotliar, Hailey Clauson, Petra Nemcova and Ana Beatriz Barros among others. Founder Faith Kates, runs the international network alongside Joel Wilkenfeld who joined in 1992.

www.nextmodels.com

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Next Model Management
Pacific Sunwear

Pacific Sunwear

Pacific Sunwear of California, Inc., founded in 1980, is a leading specialty retailer rooted in the action sports, fashion and music influences of the California lifestyle. The Company sells a combination of branded and proprietary casual apparel, accessories and footwear designed to appeal to teens and young adults both online and through mall-based retail stores across the United States.

www.pacsun.com

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Pacific Sunwear
payless

Payless Shoe Source

Payless ShoeSource (“Payless”) is the largest specialty family footwear retailer in the Western Hemisphere. Payless’ mission is to be the first choice for budget-conscious consumers who shop for shoes and accessories. The company offers a wide range of trend-right and essential shoes and accessory items at affordable prices to help every family member look good every step of the way.  Today, Payless serves millions of consumers through its powerful global network of stores in all 50 U.S. states, as well as in Puerto Rico, Guam, Saipan, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, Central America, the Caribbean and South America. The company also has an expanding presence in the Eastern Hemisphere through franchising arrangements.

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Payless Shoe Source
red_lobster

Red Lobster

Red Lobster, founded in 1968, is the world’s largest seafood restaurant concept operating more than 700 restaurants across the U.S. and Canada and a growing international franchisee footprint.  Red Lobster is focused on delivering freshly prepared, high-quality seafood dishes at reasonable prices including an extensive menu featuring fresh fish, shrimp, crab, lobster, scallops and other seafood and non-seafood options.  Headquartered in Orlando, Florida, the Red Lobster team comprises more than 58,000 associates.

www.redlobster.com

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Red Lobster
Tactical Holdings

Tactical Holdings

Tactical Holdings is a leading manufacturer of footwear and technical apparel for the U.S. Armed Forces, with over 30 years of experience supplying combat boots to the Army.  Tactical Holdings is a holding company comprised of three primary brands: Wellco Enterprises, Altama Delta Corporation, and Massif Holdings.  The Company’s footwear products include military combat boots – including the hot weather boot, temperate weather boot, and the anti-personnel mine boot – as well as similar military-style footwear for the civilian consumer.

http://www.altama.com
http://www.wellco.com
http://www.massif.com

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Tactical Holdings
Zale Corporation

Zale Corporation

For nearly 90 years, Zale Corporation has provided extraordinary ways to say “I love you.” As a leading specialty retailer in North America, the Zale family of brands provides its customers with fine jewelry, watches and diamonds, including an exclusive wedding collection, that offer great value at more than 1,890 locations throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, and online at zales.com, gordonsjewelers.com, zalesoutlet.com, peoplesjewellers.com and pagoda.com. With an exceptional assortment of jewelry and gifts, the company’s brands are famous for helping turn important milestones and celebrations into priceless, life-long memories.

www.zalecorp.com

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Zale Corporation
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