The Small Business Times

Where Did Five Guys Start?

Five Guys was started by the Murrell family in Arlington County, Virginia, United States, their first store opened in 1986.

Five Guys was started after Jerry and Janie Murrell gave their five sons, Jim, Matt, Chad, Ben, and Tyler an ultimatum, go to college or start a business. They chose the latter, starting Five Guys.

In 2021 there are Now, 35 years after their first store opened, there are almost 1,700 locations worldwide and another 1,500 units in development according to