Five Guys Burgers, a national franchise known for large burgers made without any previously frozen ingredients, will have its third location in Pierce County when the Tacoma store opens later this month.
The Tacoma location will be near the Tacoma Mall in the Rainier Place shopping center, which also has Half Price Books and REI. A firm opening date will be available Wednesday afternoon, said Amannda Schneider, the store owner. UPDATE, 3:00 p.m.: Schneider said the Tacoma store will be open Oct. 1, though it could be sooner.
Schneider owns six other Five Guys franchises in Western Washington. She said this morning she has the rights to open 16 locations, and plans to use them all.
"This is what I will call my second act, after working and raising kids, and going back to work," she said in a phone interview. "It is a happy business and a happy place."
So far the only place to buy a Five Guys burger is in Lakewood and Puyallup.
Schneider, who lives in Kirkland, bought into the franchise last year and purchased the six stores that already are open. The Tacoma location, at 4027 Tacoma Mall Blvd., will be the first she's opened, though her background is in opening franchised businesses including frozen yogurt shops.
"We feel confident and secure that it will do well. The franchiser is very helpful and will help us be successful," she said.
Five Guys started in 1986 in Virginia, and started offering franchises in 2003. The company's website said it sold 300 franchises in the first 18 months, and it now has 1,000 locations nationwide and 1,500 more in development.
Schneider said she plans more Pierce County locations, as well as one in Olympia. Each store employs between 35 and 40 people, she said, with jobs ranging from part-time minimum wage to full-time career-oriented jobs.
The best way to apply for a job is to go into an existing store and talk to a store manager, Schneider said.
"We've been so fortunate to have great employees who just walked through the door," she said.