Roark Capital Group is an Atlanta-based private equity firm with over $7 billion in equity capital and commitments raised since inception. Roark focuses on middle-market investment opportunities through family-owned business transfers, management/corporate buyouts, recapitalizations, going-private transactions, and corporate divestitures. Roark focuses on consumer, business service and environmental service companies, with a specialization around franchised and multi-unit business models in the retail, restaurant and consumer services sectors.
Roark prides itself on being a trusted financial partner for management and business owners. We believe that successful investing begins with providing a compelling value proposition to all business constituencies. A win-win-win approach leads to an enthusiastic business environment where all stakeholders – customers, employees, franchisees, strategic partners, service providers, management and shareholders – share in the growth and success of our businesses. We want to partner with entrepreneurs and executives who share this vision.
Since inception, affiliates of Roark have acquired 60 franchise/multi-unit brands which generate approximately $24 billion in system revenues from 27,000 locations located in 50 states and 78 countries.
Our portfolio companies span multiple industries including food and restaurants, specialty retail, health and wellness, retail healthcare, environmental services, business services, and education. Our largest sector, food and restaurants, encompasses 20 investments in brands such as: Arby’s, CKE Restaurants (the owner of Carl’s Jr and Hardee’s), Corner Bakery, FOCUS Brands (the owner of Auntie Anne’s Pretzels, Carvel Ice Cream, Cinnabon, McAlister’s Deli, Moe’s Southwest Grill, and Schlotzsky’s) Il Fornaio, Jim ‘N Nick’s BBQ, Jimmy John’s, Miller’s Ale House, Naf Naf Grill, and Wingstop. Our consumer products and services investments have included Anytime Fitness, Atkins Nutritionals, Batteries Plus Bulbs, Driven Brands (the owner of MAACO®, CARSTAR, Meineke Car Care Centers®, 1-800 Radiator and Take 5 Oil Change®), Drybar, FASTSIGNS, Great Expressions, Massage Envy, Orangetheory Fitness, Pet Retail Brands (the owner of Pet Supermarket and Pet Valu), Primrose Schools, and US Franchise Systems. Our business services investments have included CyberCore, Money Mailer, Peachtree Business Products, PSC, and The Home Service Store. Our environmental services investments have included Solterra Recycling Solutions (formerly Central Jersey Waste & Recycling), Quala, Waste Pro, and GFL Environmental.