The Clark Rubber History
Clark Rubber is a successful Australian retailer with a history dating back to 1946. With over 65 stores nationally, our stores are specialists in pools, foam and rubber providing us with a unique place in the Australian retail market. With such a broad product range, our customers are all different whether it be young families, tradies, hobbyists, and even commercial business customers.
The Clark Rubber story began in 1946 when two men, Charlesworth and Clark formed a partnership to establish Clark Matting and Rubber. The business grew quickly, and in 1951 was listed on the Australian Stock Exchange. In 1961, the name was changed to Clark Rubber Stores.
In 1982, Clark Rubber was bought by the Adsteam Group, which continued to operate the business until 1994. At this point, the Clark Rubber name and logo were sold to Vita Pacific, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Pacific Dunlop, and the network of stores was closed down.
It was at this time that Chris Malcolm, a veteran of Australian retailing, stepped in. After lengthy negotiations, Chris licensed the Clark Rubber brand from Vita Pacific. Deciding that the franchise model was the best way to grow an already-strong brand, the first Clark Rubber store re-opened in Nunawading, Victoria in 1995.
By 1998, the 50th store had opened and Clark Rubber was once again one of the best recognised brands in Australian retail. In 2000, Chris Malcolm bought the Clark Rubber brand from Pacific Dunlop.
The store network continued to grow, and in 2003 Clark Rubber was recognised as the Franchise Council of Australia’s Franchisor of the Year in the ‘Entry Capital Over $200,000’ category. In the same year, Chris Malcolm was inducted into the Franchise Council of Australia’s ‘Hall of Fame. Three years later, Clark Rubber was awarded the Franchise Council of Australia’s highest honour, Franchisor of the Year.
Q & A
Browse our frequently asked questions outlining the responsibilities of franchisees and our ongoing support and business development. If you’re unable to find an answer to any question please don’t hesitate to contact us here.
What are the different business opportunities that are available?
We offer new franchisees a number of different business opportunities. Large Format Clark Rubber stores - from $510,000, Small Format Clark Rubber stores - from $420,000, Clark Pool & Spa stores - from $147,500, and Clark Pool Care pool service vans - from $49,500. Talk to us about which business opportunity suits your requirements.
What do I get for my initial franchise fee?
You will receive 3 weeks comprehensive training, shop fittings and fixtures design, floor plan, assistance with shop set up including merchandising and, ongoing support and business development by qualified field staff.
Are there any ongoing fees?
Yes. Every franchisee pays monthly royalty fees and contributes to co-operative funds such as the marketing fund. All one-off and ongoing fees will be disclosed to you in detail.
Do I have to own the commercial real estate?
No. Clark Rubber will assist you with site selection and the lease negotiation process. You will hold the lease.
Do I have to source my own products?
No. You will have access to Clark Rubber accredited suppliers.
How often do I meet my Franchisor?
Our qualified and trained Regional Sales Managers support you all the way. You will have daily contact with them over the phone and through store visits. Further, we meet several times a year at State meetings and at the annual National Conference.
Can I sell my business at any time?
Yes. Clark Rubber will assist you with the marketing of selling your business and provide you with assistance to prepare your business for sale
The process can take from 10 weeks to 14 weeks and we will guide you step by step.
EXPRESSION OF INTEREST - Receive our information kit
STORE VISIT - Meet and greet in Melbourne
INITIAL APPLICATION/DISCLOSURE - Investigation and due diligence
CONFIRMATION OF YOUR INTENT OF PROCEED
ORIENTATION DAY IN MELBOURNE
APPLICATION APPROVAL AND FRANCHISE AGREEMENT