Olympia Five Guys sets opening day for April

Burger restaurant will be first Five Guys to locate in Thurston County

Staff writerFebruary 20, 2014 

Five Guys Burgers is coming to Olympia, with plans to open its first restaurant here in a west Olympia shopping center that is beginning to attract tenants again after several vacated the site.

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Five Guys Burgers is coming to Olympia, with plans to open its first restaurant here in a west Olympia shopping center that is beginning to attract tenants again after several vacated the site.

Five Guys is set to open in the second or third week of April, franchisee Amannda Schneider said, in half of the building once occupied by Kits Camera at 1200 Cooper Point Road SW.

“Olympia just has a great mix of people and it’s a beautiful location,” she said. “We just couldn’t resist.”

Five Guys is a Washington, D.C.-based business that was launched by five guys — a father and his four sons.

Schneider has a food industry background and became impressed with a business that believes in real ingredients — patties and fries are handmade — as well as a choice of 15 to 20 burger toppings.

“It just had a positive feel,” said Schneider, who already owned eight franchises throughout Western Washington. “And I feel good about what we do for employees and customers. All of that made me feel energized for the brand.”

Among the nine locations, she also owns the store in Lakewood and Tacoma, she said.

The most expensive burger is $6.90. A proprietary bun is specially made for Five Guys, she said, and burgers are cooked to order.

That can take several minutes, which might seem like a long time if you’re hungry, so customers can help themselves to peanuts as a kind of appetizer while they wait, Schneider said.

The Olympia restaurant expects to start with 50 employees, paying a range of wages, from minimum wage to higher for managers.

Before it opens, those interested in a job at that store can apply in person at the Five Guys in Lakewood, 5605 Lakewood Towne Center Blvd. SW.

Schneider said she’s also considering Hawks Prairie, north of Interstate 5, for a possible second Thurston County location.

Five Guys adds to the run of high-profile tenant to occupy the shopping center. Sports Authority announced plans to come to the same site and open this spring.

The center was previously home to Linens n Things, Old Navy, a local post office and Kits Camera.

Rolf Boone: 360-754-5403 rboone@theolympian.com

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