US burger chain Five Guys has announced its first store in Australia will launch in Penrith in mid-2021, with construction likely to begin in the next few weeks.
Sydney-based Seagrass Boutique Hospitality will act as franchisee, and will focus on a suburban rollout initially before CBD locations will be opened – a strategy implemented after the impact Covid-19 had on city centers.
Boutique is partnering with Panthers Group to bring the 500 sqm store to Penrith – the site chosen due to its position as a western hub that demonstrates growth potential and footfall. It will be situated next door to the Panther’s Leagues Clubs, and in between KFC and McDonalds.
“This exciting new restaurant will bring with it fantastic job opportunities in coming weeks for experienced restaurant managers and leaders. As well as high energy hospitality individuals looking to start a career with an expanding business that puts their people first,” said Robby Andronikos, Five Guys brand operations manager.
The business plans to open 20 stores across Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, and hopes to launch in New Zealand following a successful Australian expansion, according to Good Food.