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History

  • 1955: Big 5 is founded operating as "Big 5 Stores", under the original corporate name United Merchandising Corp.
  • 1963: Trade name is changed to "Big 5 Sporting Goods" as the chain specializes in sporting goods
  • 1971: Thrifty Drug Stores acquires Big 5 Sporting Goods
  • 1992: Big 5 is acquired in a management-led buyout financed by Leonard Green & Partners
  • 1997: The Company is recapitalized, with majority ownership passing to employees
  • 2002: Big 5 goes public
  • 2010: Big 5 turns 55

Big 5 Founded in 1955

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. The Company originally operated five stores in downtown Los Angeles, Burbank, Inglewood, Glendale, and San Jose, California under the trade name "Big 5 Stores."

In our early years, Big 5 concentrated on World War II army surplus items, as well as tents and air mattresses the Company manufactured itself, plus assorted house wares and hand tools. From the earliest days of the chain Big 5 used print advertisements. Consistently advertising on the back page of the main news section of the Los Angeles Times, our customers grew accustomed to looking there for weekly specials. Sporting goods soon became part of the product mix, a natural for the highly active population of Southern California. In fact, sports merchandise became so popular that management decided to specialize in it, and in December, of 1963 we changed our trade name to "Big 5 Sporting Goods."

Thrifty Drug Stores Acquires Big 5 in 1971

By March 1971, Big 5 had grown to 19 stores, at which point the Company was acquired by Thrifty Drug Stores, the West Coast's largest chain of drug stores. Big 5 operated as a subsidiary of Thrifty for the next 21 years. With Robert Miller still leading the Company he helped found, Big 5 continued to prosper. By 1992, Big 5 had grown to 140 stores in California, Nevada, and Washington. To support our growth, the company built a 440,000 square foot distribution center in Fontana, California that was twice the size of our previous facility.

Big 5 Is Acquired By Leonard Green & Partners in 1992

In 1992, Company management acquired Big 5 in conjunction with Leonard Green & Partners, a Los Angeles private equity firm. Robert Miller continued as CEO and Chairman of Big 5, while his son, Steven, was named President and Chief Operating Officer. During the first year following the change of ownership, Big 5 opened ten stores, followed by 15 in both 1993 and 1994, and 19 units in 1995. In the process of expansion, the chain entered the new markets of Arizona and Idaho in 1993, and New Mexico, Oregon, and Texas in 1995.

Management Acquires Controlling Stake in 1997

In November 1997, the Millers led a management effort to acquire a controlling interest in the company by raising $250 million. With this transaction, many of the chain's employees now had a financial interest in the company and a renewed commitment to make Big 5 Sporting Goods prosper.

Big 5 Goes Public in 2002

In June 2002, Big 5 held an initial public offering (IPO), resulting in over $100 million being raised to finance future growth. Management planned to continue our strategy of controlled expansion, especially in markets beyond California. To accommodate this growth, in 2005 Big 5 opened a nearly one million square foot automated, state-of-the-art distribution center in Riverside, California. Today, Big 5 Sporting Goods continues to grow and prosper by maintaining our core strategy of providing convenient shopping and low prices.