Pet Valu and Pet Supermarket Merge Forming Largest and Fastest Growing Small Format Specialty Pet Retailer

Combination Of Complementary Businesses Creates Third Largest Pet
Specialty Retailer In North America With Over 930 Stores In The US And
Canada

Pet Valu And Pet Supermarket To Continue Operating As Independent
Brands

NewCo Well Positioned For Growth While Benefiting From Shared Best
Practices And Operating Scale

Markham, Ontario To Remain Home Of Pet Valu Sunrise, Florida To
Remain Home Of Pet Supermarket

MARKHAM, Ontario & SUNRISE, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Pet Valu and Pet Supermarket today announced that they have merged to
create the third largest pet specialty retailer and the largest small
format, neighborhood, pet specialty retailer in North America. The
combined business is named Pet Retail Brands. With over 930 stores, it
will generate approximately $1 billion in system-wide retail sales
across the US and Canada. Pet Retail Brands will have an extensive
retail footprint with stores from the East Coast to the West Coast and
from Miami to Vancouver and is well positioned for continued growth.
Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Both Pet Valu and Pet Supermarket are one-stop shops for customers,
offering a broad selection of premium pet food, supplies and services
sold by trained professional staff who provide knowledgeable and
friendly advice, enhancing the overall customer experience. Small format
stores provide pet parents with the convenience to shop locally in a
community-oriented and caring environment, delivered by employees who
develop lasting connections with their customers.

Pet Valu was taken private by an affiliate of Roark Capital in August
2009. Pet Supermarket was acquired by an affiliate of Roark Capital in
April of 2015. Pet Retail Brands will remain headquartered in Markham,
Ontario and Pet Supermarket operations will continue to be based in
Sunrise, Florida.

Ezra Field, Managing Director of Roark Capital, said, “The combination
of these two highly complementary businesses, both long established
brands with strong cultures and deep commitments to local communities
and helping pets, will create the leading community focused pet
specialty retailer in North America. Together, both brands will benefit
by sharing infrastructure, resources and best practices to deliver
superb value to both Pet Valu and Pet Supermarket’s loyal customers,
committed employees and business partners.”

As part of the transaction, Thomas McNeely will become President and
Chief Executive Officer of Pet Retail Brands. Mr. McNeely has been Chief
Executive Officer of Pet Valu since August 2009.

Commenting on the merger, Mr. McNeely said, “Bringing together two of
the fastest growing pet specialty retailers creates a powerful platform
to share resources and best practices to support both Pet Supermarket,
Pet Valu and their loyal customers. I look forward to working with all
of the employees and suppliers of Pet Supermarket as well as Pet Valu
franchisees to grow these brands, which have been providing pets with
superior products and service for over 40 years.”

Concurrent with the closing of the transaction, Diane Holtz announced
her retirement from her role as Pet Supermarket’s President and Chief
Executive Officer. Ms. Holtz joined Pet Supermarket in 1992 and has
served as President and COO since 2002. She was President and CEO and a
member of the Board since 2015.

“My 23-year journey with Pet Supermarket is filled with wonderful
memories of our passionate team that ranks among the best and brightest
in pet retail,” said Diane Holtz. “I retire knowing this transaction
positions Pet Supermarket for continued success on behalf of all its
employees and partners. I am grateful for the support and guidance of
the Roark Capital team and look forward to seeing Pet Supermarket
continue to grow and delight pets and pet parents alike.”

About Pet Valu

Pet Valu is a Canadian specialty retailer of pet food and pet-related
supplies with more than 770 stores across Canada and the US. Pet Valu
prides itself on providing pet parents with the best selection of pet
care items at competitive prices, together with Pet Expert service, at
convenient, neighborhood store locations. Pet Valu offers more than
7,000 products, including a broad assortment of premium, super premium
and holistic private label brands scientifically developed by internal
nutritionists.

Pet Valu’s team members are Pet Experts who can help you find the right
nutrition and other solutions for your pets. To learn more, please
visit: www.petvalu.com
or www.facebook.com/petvalu.

About Pet Supermarket

Pet Supermarket is the largest small format specialty retailer of pet
food and pet-related supplies based in the southeastern US. The Company
operates 165 stores offering customers a broad assortment of premium and
holistic pet food and supplies with friendly and knowledgeable service.
Over 1 million customers are active members of the Company’s loyalty
program. For more information please visit www.petsupermarket.com.

About Roark Capital Group

Roark focuses on consumer and business service companies with a
specialization in franchised and multi-unit business models in the
retail, restaurant, consumer and business services sectors. Since
inception, affiliates of Roark Capital have invested in 54
franchise/multi-unit brands, which have generated $20 billion in annual
system revenues from 22,000 locations in 50 states and 75 countries.
Roark’s current brands include Anytime Fitness, Arby’s, Atkins
Nutritionals, Batteries Plus Bulbs, Carl Jr.’s, Corner Bakery, Driven
Brands, DryBar, FOCUS Brands (the owner of Auntie Anne’s Pretzels,
Carvel Ice Cream, Cinnabon, McAlister’s Deli, Moe’s Southwest Grill, and
Schlotzsky’s), Hardee’s, Il Fornaio, Massage Envy, Miller’s Ale House,
Naf Naf Grill, Orangetheory Fitness, Pet Supermarket, Pet Valu, Primrose
Schools, Quala, Waxing the City, and Wingstop. For more information
please visit www.roarkcapital.com.

Contacts

Media:
For Pet Retail Brands
Julia Young,
646-277-1280
julia.young@icrinc.com