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Five Guys founder Jerry Murrell's mother always told him...
"If you can give a good haircut or if you can serve a good drink at a bar or if you can serve a good hamburger, you can always make money in America."
At Five Guys, we’ve stuck to our ‘perfect and serve’ philosophy since our family business began in Arlington, Virginia way back in 1986, when Jerry and Janie Murrell offered sage advice to their young sons...
“Start a business or go to college”
The business route won and the Murrell family opened their first burger joint named, simply, Five Guys – after the five brothers.
Since then, we’ve grown to almost 1500 locations spanning the United States, Canada, Europe and the Middle East.
We opened the first Five Guys restaurant in Arlington, VA.
We opened five more restaurants around the D.C. metro area and perfected our business of making burgersâ€¦ leading to the cult-like following we have today.
We decided that D.C. metro-area residents shouldnâ€™t be the only ones to experience our burgers and began to franchise in Virginia and Maryland.
We sold out of franchise territory after just 18 months and decided to open up the rest of the US to franchisingâ€¦ and take on the rest of the world, too.
We opened our first UK restaurant in Covent Garden in July 2013, expanded into Reading and Islington, and won the ZAGAT No1 Burger and Peach Newcomer awards.
We opened 16 more restaurants in 2014 including Bluewater, Manchesterâ€™s Trafford Centre, Birminghamâ€™s Bullring, and Oxford Street, and we got our hands on the Peach Breakthrough award.
We opened 21 new UK restaurants, held our first Voice and AM Meetings, our first UK Conference, and the inaugural Five Guys Olympics, and we picked up awards from MAPIC Food Retail Concept, Virgin One to Watch, Peach Best Quality, and Coolbrands Top 100.
We opened more restaurants across the UK, held our second UK conference and second Five Guys Olympics, and landed an award from RLI Food and Hospitality.
We continued to expand, opening another 20 restaurants in the UK including Piccadilly Circus, Westfield Stratford and two more in Edinburgh. Landed ourselves in 8th place in The Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100 league table.
Another 10 openings in the UK, as well as expansion across France, Spain and Germany – including Gare Du Nord, Munich and Barcelona.
In 2019, you can expect more of the same - and you never know, you could be part of it! Watch this space.