Roark is an Atlanta‐based private equity firm with $19 billion in assets under management. Roark focuses on investments in consumer and business service companies, with a specialization in franchised and multi‐location business models in the restaurant, specialty retail, consumer and business services, and health, wellness and beauty sectors.
Roark prides itself on being a trusted partner for management and business owners. We believe that successful partnerships begin 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 88 franchise/multi‐location brands which generate approximately $43 billion in system revenues from 42,000 locations located in 50 states and 85 countries.
Our portfolio companies span multiple industries including food, restaurants, specialty retail, health, wellness and beauty, retail healthcare, business services, and education.
Our largest sector, food and restaurants, encompasses investments in brands such as: Inspire Brands (the owner of Arby’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, Jimmy John’s, Rusty Taco, and Sonic), FOCUS Brands (the owner of Auntie Anne’s Pretzels, Carvel Ice Cream, Cinnabon, Jamba, McAlister’s Deli, Moe’s Southwest Grill, and Schlotzsky’s), CKE Restaurants (the owner of Carl’s Jr and Hardee’s), Miller’s Ale House, Culver’s, The Cheesecake Factory (the owner of North Italia and Flower Child), Corner Bakery, Jim ‘N Nick’s BBQ, Naf Naf Middle Eastern Grill, and previously Il Fornaio and Wingstop.
Our consumer products and services investments have included Driven Brands (the owner of ABRA, ATI, CARSTAR, International Car Wash Group, Maaco, Meineke, Take 5, Uniban, 1‐800 Radiator, and others), ServiceMaster Brands (the owner of ServiceMaster Restore, ServiceMaster Clean, Merry Maids, Furniture Medic, and AmeriSpec), Pet Retail Brands (the owner of Pet Supermarket and Pet Valu), Orangetheory Fitness, Massage Envy, Primrose Schools, Self Esteem Brands (the owner of Anytime Fitness, Basecamp Fitness, The Bar Method, and Waxing the City), Fitness Connection, US Sports Camps, Great Expressions Dental Centers, Batteries Plus Bulbs, Drybar, and previously Atkins Nutritionals, FASTSIGNS, and US Franchise Systems.
Our business services investments have included Batteries Plus Bulbs, Divisions Maintenance Group, Driven Brands, FASTSIGNS, Installation Made Easy, Solterra Recycling Solutions, and previously CyberCore, Money Mailer, Peachtree Business Products, PSC, Quala, Waste Pro, and GFL Environmental.