Already one of the largest and fastest-growing net-lease REITs in the United States, S|T|O|R|E Capital was co-founded in 2011 by five executives who worked together in various capacities at other organizations. Christopher Volk, Catherine Long, Mary Fedewa, Michael Bennett and Michael Zieg pooled their collective investment, accounting, legal and real estate experience to form Scottsdale, Ariz.-based S|T|O|R|E Capital with a commitment to deliver value-creating real estate lease solutions and build long-lasting relationships with each customer.
Having supplied more than $14 billion in real estate mortgage and lease solutions to customers across the U.S., our senior leadership team has been investing in single tenant real estate for over three decades. Mort Fleischer, our non-executive Chairman of the Board of Directors, was the first to introduce capital, by way of sale-leaseback transactions, to the rapidly growing chain restaurant industry in the 1980s. With his experience, combined with invaluable guidance, support and wisdom over the years, our executive team considers Mort an honorary founder of STORE. Mort also completed the largest U.S. real estate limited partnership rollup taken public on the New York Stock Exchange with Chris and Cathy in 1994. Subsequently, they formed and took public Spirit Finance Corporation, where they created the country’s first investment-grade real estate debt program designed to finance net lease investments, and guided the company in completing the largest reported U.S. sale-leaseback transaction of its time.
Today, our team continues to partner with real estate intensive business owners to free up capital and create wealth through innovative lease financing solutions.