FIVE GUYS has been a Washington, D.C., area favorite since 1986 when Jerry and Janie Murrell offered sage advice to three of the Murrell brothers: “Start a business or go to college.” The business route won and the Murrell family opened a carry-out burger joint in Arlington, Va. During the 1980s and 1990s, the Murrell family perfected their simple concept. Five Guys became The Place to get a fresh, juicy burger with all the toppings you could stuff between fresh-baked buns. Two more brothers joined the team and as the family grew, so did the business. Four more restaurants with sit-down seating were added to accommodate the growing clientele. Early in 2003, Jerry and Janie, together with the “Five Guys”, began offering franchise opportunities. In just under 18 months, more than 300 units had been sold. Now, more than 30 years after Five Guys first opened, there are more than 1,500 locations across North America, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Another 1,500 units are in development, as Five Guys moves to expand its global footprint even further. By maintaining a simple ethos, coupled with the highest quality, the Murrell family continues to follow through on the vision they outlined over three decades ago.
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