10/17/13 2:09pm
10/17/2013 2:09 PM

GRANT PARPAN PHOTO | A customer eats a burger at the Five Guys location in Huntington. For now, the closest Five Guys to Riverhead is in Port Jefferson Station.

Sorry, burger lovers: Five Guys Burgers and Fries has reportedly backed out of plans to open a franchise on Route 58 in Riverhead.

Riverhead Town planning and building administrator Jeff Muphree said Oct. 16 that the popular fast-food joint “changed their mind” about opening a store in Riverhead just one day after the planning board approved an amended site plan for them in August.

“They didn’t give a reason,” Mr. Murphree said of the change.

The Five Guys was originally set to be located near the front of the Saber Riverhead shopping center, which is currently being constructed on Route 58, just east of Riverhead Raceway. It was to join Starbucks, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Buffalo Wild Wings, Christmas Tree Shops and Five Below, a representative of the developer said in August.

Mr. Murphree said The Vitamin Shoppe is expected to fill the space Five Guys was originally set to occupy.

Multiple attempts to reach Rich Decola, a representative for Saber Riverhead, were unsuccessful, and a Five Guys company spokesperson did not return repeated phone calls. Charles Cuddy, the Riverhead attorney representing Five Guys, could also not be reached.

Currently, the nearest Five Guys location is in Port Jefferson Station. The chain has doubled its number of stores to more than 1,000 open in the U.S. and Canada, according to a 2012 article published on Forbes.com. And it has more than 1,500 additional locations in the pipeline, making it the fastest growing burger chain in the U.S., according to the Forbes article.

ryoung@timesreview.com

Five Guys Burgers and Fries

08/18/13 12:00pm
08/18/2013 12:00 PM

A Five Guys Burger and Fries is coming to Route 58 in Riverhead in the same shopping center where a Starbucks, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Buffalo Wild Wings and Christmas Tree Shops are already expected to open, a representative of the developer said.

The Five Guys will be located near the front of the Saber Riverhead shopping center, which is currently being constructed on the south side of Route 58, just east of Riverhead Raceway.

The Starbucks, which will feature a drive-thru window, will also be located toward the front of the property, officials said. Dick’s Sporting Goods, Christmas Tree Shops, Buffalo Wild Wings, Aldi, and Five Below will all be located toward the back of the shopping center.

Five Guys, whose current nearest location is in Port Jefferson Station, will open in what was originally expected to be a dry retail store, according to representative Rick Decola, who discussed the change before the Riverhead Town Planning Board which approved an amended site plan Thursday.

Mr. Decola said he expects Buffalo Wild Wings to open in October, with Dick’s and Christmas Tree Shops following in November. He did not give a timetable on the other stores.

Five Guys has doubled its number of stores to more than 1,000 open in the U.S. and Canada, according to a 2012 article published on Forbes.com. And it has more than 1,500 additional locations in the pipeline, making it the fastest growing burger chain in the U.S., according to the Forbes article.

tgannon@timesreview.com

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