Boot Barn Holding Corp, the western footwear and apparel retailer owned by private equity firm Marwit Capital Partners, has bought 22 retail stores in Arizona, New Mexico and Nevada from BTWW Retail.

The acquisition means Boot Barn is now the largest player in western themed retail in the south western US and one of the three largest in the country.

The deal expands Boot Barn's footprint from 45 to 67 stores, including 38 in California, 6 in Nevada, 14 in Arizona, and 9 in New Mexico. The 22 new stores will be rebranded to Boot Barn after the holiday season.

"This acquisition expands Boot Barn's presence into the highly desirable Arizona and New Mexico markets and dramatically broadens the store footprint since we acquired the platform one year ago," said Chris Britt, Marwit managing partner.

The western wear market includes western boots, work boots, jeans, outdoor apparel, hats, gifts, belts and accessories and has proven over many years to be stable through a variety of economic cycles.