Roark is an Atlanta‐based private equity firm with $33 billion in assets under management. Roark focuses on investments in consumer and business service companies, with a specialization in franchise and franchise-like business models.
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 a positive 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 105 franchise/multi‐location brands which generate approximately $70 billion in system revenues from ~67,700 locations located in 50 states and 89 countries.
Our portfolio companies span multiple industries including food, restaurants, consumer and business services, health, wellness and fitness, and education and youth activities.
Our largest sector, food and restaurants, encompasses investments in brands such as: Inspire Brands (the owner of Arby’s, Baskin Robbins, Buffalo Wild Wings, Dunkin’, Jimmy John’s, and Sonic), Nothing Bundt Cakes, CKE Restaurants (the owner of Carl’s Jr and Hardee’s), FOCUS Brands (the owner of Auntie Anne’s Pretzels, Carvel Ice Cream, Cinnabon, Jamba, McAlister’s Deli, Moe’s Southwest Grill, and Schlotzsky’s), Miller’s Ale House, Culver’s, The Cheesecake Factory (the owner of North Italia and Flower Child), Jim ‘N Nick’s BBQ, and previously Corner Bakery, Il Fornaio, Naf Naf Middle Eastern Grill 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, Auto Glass Now, and others), ServiceMaster Brands (the owner of ServiceMaster Restore, ServiceMaster Clean, Merry Maids, Furniture Medic, AmeriSpec, and Two Men and a Truck), Pet Supermarket, Pet Valu, Orangetheory Fitness, Massage Envy, Mathnasium, Primrose Schools, Self Esteem Brands (the owner of Anytime Fitness, Basecamp Fitness, The Bar Method, Waxing the City, and Stronger U), Fitness Connection, Youth Enrichment Brands (the owner of US Sports Camps, US Baseball Academy, i9 Sports, Streamline Brands and KE Camps), Great Expressions Dental Centers, and previously Atkins Nutritionals, Batteries Plus Bulbs, Drybar, FASTSIGNS, and US Franchise Systems.
Our business services investments have included Divisions Maintenance Group, Driven Brands, ServiceMaster Brands, Installation Made Easy, and previously Solterra Recycling Solutions, Batteries Plus Bulbs, CyberCore, FASTSIGNS, Money Mailer, Peachtree Business Products, PSC, Quala, Waste Pro, and GFL Environmental.