Roark Capital Group, an Atlanta-based private equity firm announced recently that it has acquired The Home Service Store. The Home Service Store’s management team, led by CEO Mark Ilderton, will remain with the business. Terms of the transaction were not released. 

The Home Service Store coordinates the lead generation, sale, and installation of do-it-for-me home improvement projects on a nationwide basis on behalf of several of America’s most respected home improvement and general merchandise “Big Box” retailers. Headquartered in Kennesaw, GA, HSS maintains a network of more than 700 independent dealers and installers, which the Company has vetted for service quality, insurance and reliability. In 2011, the Company facilitated more than 39,000 installation projects.

Robert Sheft, a Roark Capital Group Managing Director, led the transaction for Roark and will serve as Executive Chairman.  Prior to joining Roark, Robert founded and served as Chairman and CEO of RMA Home Services, which sold, furnished and installed replacement windows and siding on a nationwide basis on behalf of The Home Depot.  RMA was sold to Home Depot in 2003.

“We are excited to partner with Mark and the team at The Home Service Store to support their goal of continued growth and high-quality customer service,” said Robert Sheft.  

Ilderton noted, “I’m very pleased to have Roark and Robert as our partners.  Their operational approach and the sector experience they bring make them a terrific partner for HSS, its management team, our retailer partners and our network of installers and dealers going forward.”