Five Guys, the US burger chain, plans to open its first sites in the UK, in London’s West End next year, before looking at further opportunities in the capital. The chain has appointed Colliers International to look for sites between 2,000 and 3,000sq ft in the capital and hopes to open its first two sites in the West End, before expanding across the capital. M&C Report understands that co-founder and chief executive Jerry Murrell and chief operating officer Sam Chamberlain have already made two trips to the UK to look at opportunities, with a third planned before the end of the year. The company, which operates close to 800 sites in the US and Canada, would like to open company-owned units in the UK but hasn’t ruled out taking on a franchise partner for the country. Its current estate is made up of a mixture of company-owned and franchise sites. M&C Report understands that after the West End the group favours Camden, Islington and Shepherds Bush for possible future openings. The group’s initial focus will be on openings in the capital. Depending on the success of these openings it will then look at opportunities outside the capital, but hasn’t as yet put a number on how many sites it could possibly operate in the UK as a whole. Founded in 1986, Five Guys specialises in hamburgers, hot dogs, and French fries and operates restaurants with very simple layouts, featuring red-and-white chequered decorations.