Our History

OUR BEGINNINGS
The Gart story began in 1928 with Nathan Gart selling warm gear, fishing supplies, and hunting supplies in a pawn shop in Downtown Denver. Four generations, many partnerships and business ventures later, we continue to grow and evolve.
The Early Years
Gart Brothers Sporting Goods Company
1928
Larimer Street Store Opens
1970
The Sport Castle Opens - First big box specialty concept store in North America
1986
Gart Family Sells to Thrifty Corporation – Family continues to lead company’s growth through an accelerated acquisition strategy
1992
Gart Brothers Partnership Opens 120th Store
1993
Gart Family sells remaining interest 
Evolution of the Family Business
1993
Founding of The Gart Companies 
1993
Founding of Gart Properties
1994/95
Founding of Specialty Sports Ventures with Acquisition of Telluride Sports, Colorado Ski and Golf, Grand West Outfitters 
1998
SSV merges with Vail Resorts Rental and Retail Operations - Forms joint venture as Vail expands resort footprint
1999
Mark Sidell joins Gart Properties as strategic leader
2001
Gart Capital Partners founded to continue to invest in lower / middle market buisineses
2010
Gart sells interest in SSV Partnership to Vail Resorts
Diversification into Multiple Asset Classes
Gart Capital Partners
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2001
First GCP Investment - GolfTEC Enterprises
- 2018: GCP sells controlling of GT to GDO
2009
GCP acquires Colorado Baggage and Bag N Baggage
- 2012: GCP merges CBNB with Magellans
- 2014: GCP sells Magellans to Potpourri Group
- 2014: GCP sells Bag N Baggage to Bergmans   Luggage
2010
GCP Purchases Swoozies gift card shops
- 2019: GCP sells Swoozies to Beyond Brands Group
2011
GCP Acquires Powderhorn Mountain Resort
- 2018: GCP forms partnership with PGRI to manage PH
2012
GCP forms Running Specialty Group through JV with Finish Line
- 2014: GCP sells interest in RSG to Finish Line
2017
GolfTEC Opens 200th Unit – Investment began with only 6 units 15 years earlier
Gart Properties
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1993
Founding of Gart Properties
2003/2004
- GP acquires the Village Boulder
- 2004: GP forms institution partnership with ING through strategic recapitalization of the Village
2008
GP Acquires the Denver Pavilions – Two iconic retail blocks on the 16th Street Mall in Downtown Denver. Second investment with ING as the institutional partner
2019
Gart Properties raises The Gart Opportunity Fund, a discretionary equity fund targeting value-add real estate investments