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Big 5 was founded in September 1955 by Maurie I. Liff, Harry A. Liff and Robert W. Miller, father of current Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Steven G. Miller with Barry Emerson as the current Chief Financial Officer (CFO). The Company originally operated five stores in downtown Los Angeles, Burbank, Inglewood, Glendale, and San Jose, California under the trade name “Big 5 Stores.” Big 5 Sporting Goods has outgrown its name.
The company, which started out with five army surplus shops in 1955, is now a leading sporting goods retailer, and as of June 28, 2020, has 431 operating stores in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. The company sells brand-name equipment and clothing for indoor and outdoor activities including camping, hunting, fishing, tennis, golf, snowboarding, and more. Big 5 has found their niche and stuck with a neighborhood-store format rather than opening large superstores.
Big 5 Sporting Goods is currently headquartered in El Segundo, CA and became publically traded in 2002 under BGFV. In 2020, Big 5 celebrated their 65th birthday.