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Five Guys Burgers and Fries planning Fresno expansion

Five Guys Burgers and Fries apparently really likes Fresno. A company that owns many of the franchised restaurants is planning to open 10 more — yes 10 — restaurants in Fresno. Encore Restaurants, LLC, a subsidiary of Dallas-based Encore Enterprises, Inc. announced Tuesday that it has purchased the existing Fresno restaurant in River Park (along with the Five Guys locations in Elk Grove, Lodi, Natomas, RosevilleStocktonTracy, and West Sacramento). The company plans to open 45 more Five Guys locations in the state over the next four years, with 10 of them in Fresno.

Of course, this is the point where my suspicious reporter brain said “Really? All 10 in Fresno? Not the ‘Fresno area’ that could potentially stretch to Bakersfield?” Nope, said the marketing director who double checked with the company president.  All 10 in Fresno.

They have found locations for the sites, but are not releasing addresses yet. Building will start in early 2015. Marketing director Amy Upton said: “They just have had a lot of feedback [from] people wanting them. There’s a need for it in the area. People are requesting them.”

Five Guys serves burgers, of course, but also hot dogs and sandwiches, along with providing peanuts in bulk for customers. Is this a challenge to the Valley’s beloved In-N-Out Burger perhaps? 

Responses to "Five Guys Burgers and Fries planning Fresno expansion"

Bob says:

Fresnans gotta spend their food stamps somewhere.

Beth says:

10 new locations in Fresno, seems like a lot. I’m not a fan of their food. It’s overpriced and overrated. In and out is much better and half the cost!

JJJ says:

Id bet the “all ten in Fresno” includes Clovis

sw9mm says:

Notice the color scheme, pattern and employee uniform resembles In n Out. I’ve never eaten at 5 Guys, but In n Out is hard to beat!

Taco Dan says:

in n out followers need to get out more. Try the Habit. Its like in n out but just a little bit better.

George B. Feist says:

I rarely eat burgers but when I do it will be quality….I like Westwoods BBQ or Eureka Burger….I stopped getting burgers years ago at McD, Jack Box, Little Carls, and BurgerQueen….and as far as In and Over…I am done….quality…price…comes with it…. Chik F Lay…I only eat the breakfast bisquit…that it….

Jeffrey Whitaker says:

Ten burger joints n the Fresno Area sounds a bit excessive. But Im sure they did their research so, Im sure they think Fresno can support it.

Ward Hollesen says:

When I lived in Sparks NV had an In and Out almost across the street it was gross perferred the Burger king a few more blocks away will have to to try this 5 guys anything but In and Out it is over rated for sure.

Sergio says:

Meanwhile, there’s not a single Five Guys in the Turlock/Modesto area, with 400,000 people within a 15 mile radius…. hmmmmm, I see opportunity there.

Chris Westergaard says:

I was looking at a map from the broker for the El Paseo center on West Herndon, and there’s now a spot labeled Five Guys. Seemed very small square footage, but maybe that’s their new footprint.

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