RockStep Capital is a privately held full service real estate investment firm headquartered in Houston, Texas, focused on the shopping center sector in secondary and tertiary markets.
We believe in small-town values, in building long-lasting partner relationships, and improving the communities in which we have an investment.
Since 1997, RockStep Capital has built or acquired over 8 million square feet of shopping centers in 11 states. RockStep Capital specifically targets markets that can weather the storm of an economic downturn.
RockStep Capital’s mission is to grow and acquire strategically and organically, which means seeking out fortified communities that maintain highly desirable and quantitative amenities in our primary areas as well as secondary areas.
Using a comprehensive research criterion, we seek “Irreplaceable Drivers” of economic and demographic growth:
- Division I, II and III Universities
- Fortune 1000 Businesses
- Top 250 Ranked hospital networks
- Strong Tourist Markets
- Military Bases
- Low or non-existent state income tax
Malls are critical to the quality of life of communities, and RockStep Capital’s mission is to keep traditional retail a vibrant and growing, but ever-changing real estate sector.
We are looking to boost the retail and entertainment industry through the innovative redevelopment of commercial real estate. While redefining a unique consumer experience with the ever-changing retail landscape, it is imperative that RockStep Capital continues to shift the paradigm and think- outside the box to meet the demands of today’s informed and sophisticated consumer.
RockStep Capital is determined to stay at the forefront of an increasing demand for unique customer experiences and desirable shopping environments adding new uses and amenities and reconfiguring them to align with today’s “live, work, play” lifestyle for mixed-use properties.
At RockStep Capital, we have been able to maximize our impact by assembling a team of extraordinary people working together in a high-performance culture. The 25 Rock Steps that follow describe the daily behaviors that define our culture. We call it: THE ROCKSTEP WAY.
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DO THE RIGHT THING, ALWAYS.
BE A FANATIC ABOUT RESPONSE TIME.
PRACTICE BLAMELESS PROBLEM SOLVING.
BE RELENTLESS ABOUT IMPROVEMENT.
GET CLEAR ON EXPECTATIONS.
BE EASY TO WORK WITH.
“BRING IT” EVERY DAY.
INVEST IN RELATIONSHIPS.
BE OBSESSIVE ABOUT ORGANIZATION.
SHOW MEANINGFUL APPRECIATION.
BE A BRAND AMBASSADOR.
TAKE PRIDE IN YOUR APPEARANCE.
DON’T BE A JERK.
BE A CAREFUL STEWARD OF OUR ASSETS.
KEEP FAMILY FIRST.
KEEP THINGS FUN.
RockStep Capital’s senior management team brings an average 25 years of experience to the retail and shopping center sector. Click any of the photos to learn more about the RockStep team.
Chief Investment Officer and Partner
Chief Operating Officer
Director of Acquisitions
Director of Accounting
Director of Leasing
Director of Leasing
Director of Mall Management
Long before the doors at RockStep opened, its story was being shaped by the world of retail. RockStep founder and CEO Andy Weiner grew up surrounded by the joys and nuances of retail. His grandfather launched his own value-price family clothing store, where Andy worked from a young age and helped grow the business to 159 stores.
Ultimately, this retail path led Andy to launch RockStep in 1997, focusing on the investment, development, management, and leasing of shopping centers. Having evolved the portfolio, RockStep grew its offering and shifted its focus to include the acquisition and transformation of regional malls and community shopping centers.
Drawing from an authentic heritage and a retailer’s perspective, RockStep has the expertise and desire to create modern, community centric destinations for the next generation.
The word Rock Step refers to a dance move. In couples dancing such as swing and ballroom dancing, the Rock Step is when a dancer switches direction:
one, two, three—one, two, three—Rock–Step
At RockStep we design our company to be nimble and switch directions as the music in the industry is changing at a rapid pace.
Isadore Weiner – Andy Weiner’s grandfather opens Weiner’s store, a valued price clothing retailer near downtown Houston, Texas
1970 – 1974
Andy holds his unofficial first job folding clothes and rearranging brassieres
Andy joins Weiner’s full time to eventually manage all the stores, real estate, HR, IT, finance and distribution.
Weiner’s Stores peaks at 159 stores
RockStep Capital opens its corporate doors in Houston, TX
RockStep opens its first power center, a 475,000 square foot Walmart anchored center in Spring Texas, follow by an additional 3 centers totaling over 1 million square feet
RockStep commences its small town acquisition strategy with shopping centers in Texas, Arizona and Louisiana
2009 – 2015
RockStep commences an HEB project in College Station and acquires 5 Malls fulfilling Andy’s vision of bringing the retail and shopping center experience to the enclosed mall sector
Andy adds 10 shopping centers to the portfolio including 6 malls with a presence in 11 states and 8 Million Square feet acquired or developed