In April 2016, Rob Mitchell acquired Archadeck of Columbus, Ohio. Rob was not a stranger to Archadeck of Columbus or the Archadeck franchise system. Rob worked for Archadeck of Columbus when the opportunity to acquire the business presented itself.

In a way, Rob had been an insider for many years. Rob worked for a landscape company when he was hired as a design consultant by the former owner of Archadeck of Columbus. As a landscaper, Rob saw many Archadeck projects and recalls “I was in the field and talked to homeowners after project completion and I heard directly from them about how happy they were with Archadeck. That was not the same experience I heard homeowners talk about when they worked with other deck, porch and patio companies.”

Archadeck, owned and operated by Outdoor Living Brands, is a franchise that designs and builds custom outdoor living spaces such as decks, patios, screen porches, sunrooms, pergolas, outdoor kitchens and outdoor fireplaces in the United States and Canada.

The chance to become the Archadeck of Columbus franchisee occurred when the previous owner joined the management team of the franchisor in Richmond, Virginia. After working for Archadeck of Columbus for four years, the previous franchisee approached Rob to gauge his interest in acquiring the business. Rob excitedly took the helm knowing that the previous owner built a strong business and had created a “household name in Columbus.” Rob set out to not just continue this precedent, but to build on it.

Rob values the benefit of acquiring a strong existing franchise and for him, that path lends itself to great success. He stresses the importance of being a part of a franchise system and working within that framework. “I would not want to run a business if it were not part of a franchise and Archadeck provides the system and guidelines to be successful,” Rob comments.

The accessibility of other franchisees who share their wisdom, advice and experience also impacts the opportunity to thrive with an Archadeck franchise. Rob appreciates the ability to “seek advice from other franchisees and to build off other people’s experiences.”

As Rob reflected on his experience with Archadeck, he shared “I would 100% do it again without any reservation and it is important to remember that the system has been proven time and again for more than 30 years.”

About Archadeck Outdoor Living

Established in 1980, Archadeck Outdoor Living is recognized as the largest outdoor living space builder in North America and has lived up to its motto -- Better Building by Design -- by completing more than 100,000 projects across the country. As a part of Outdoor Living Brands with sister brands Renew Crew, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives, and Conserva Irrigation, their mission is “to enhance the lives of our customers by creating unique and innovative outdoor living environments.” Qualified Remodeler and Remodeler Magazine consistently rank Archadeck at the top of their respective annual “Best” lists. Archadeck projects have graced the covers of Gardens, Decks and Patios and Decks & Backyard Projects. The company has been featured in articles in This Old House, Smart Money, Coastal Living, Better Homes & Gardens and Gardening & Deck Design, as well as on HGTV. Visit or to learn more.

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