Roark Capital Group is an Atlanta-based private equity firm with over $6 billion in equity capital commitments 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 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 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, Roark has acquired 43 franchise/multi-unit brands which generated approximately $17 billion in system revenues from 20,000 locations located in 50 states and 72 countries.
Our brands span multiple industries including food and restaurants, specialty retail, health and wellness, environmental services, business services, and education. Our largest sector, food and restaurants, encompasses 17 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, Miller’s Ale House, and Wingstop. Our consumer products and services investments have included Anytime Fitness, Atkins Nutritionals, Batteries Plus Bulbs, Driven Brands (the owner of MAACO®, Meineke Car Care Centers®, Merlin 200,000 Mile Shops, Pro Oil Change, and Econo Lube & Tune), FASTSIGNS, Massage Envy, Pet Supermarket, Pet Valu, Primrose Schools, and US Franchising 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.