Great Expressions Acquired by Atlanta Firm

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Great Expressions Dental Centers, a Southfield-based dental services company, has been acquired by an affiliate of Roark Capital Group, an Atlanta-based private equity firm focused on consumer brands and multi-unit businesses. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Rich Beckman will continue to lead Great Expressions as CEO, and the company will remain headquartered in Southfield.

“With our new partner, Roark, we look forward to accelerating our strategy of growth through affiliation with other high-quality dental practices,” Beckman says. “We also look forward to leveraging Roark’s consumer and branding expertise to enhance our own Great Expressions brand.”

Affiliates of Roark have invested in 56 franchise/multi-unit brands, which collectively generate $21 billion in annual system revenues from 23,000 locations in 50 states and 75 countries.

With the acquisition, Great Expressions joins the company’s portfolio of brands, which includes Anytime Fitness, Arby’s, Atkins Nutritionals, Batteries Plus, Orangetheory Fitness, Wingstop, and more.

Great Expressions has a network of 269 affiliated practices staffed by more than 900 dentists and hygienists who care for over 600,000 patients per year. Founded in 1982 and operating as a single brand, Great Expressions is one of the largest dental support organizations in the United States.

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