Big 5 Sporting Goods was founded in Hawthorne, California, by Marty Liff. The original name came from the year it was founded (1955) and that the first stores were 5 former Army/Navy surplus outlets. The company is now headquartered in El Segundo, California.
Today, the company has more than 420 stores and is one of the most popular sporting goods stores in the Western United States with gross profit in 2015 of $85.8 million.
Big 5 Sporting Goods offers a wide variety of products including athletic shoes, apparel, tennis, golf, ski, snowboard, general fitness, outdoor, bicycles, swimming apparel, games, and most types of safety equipment for sports such as helmets and knee or elbow guards.
The company is publicly traded on the NASDQ under the ticker symbol: BGFV