McAlister’s Deli Aims to Attract New Franchisees - Food & Beverage Magazine

McAlister’s Deli Aims to Attract New Franchisees

In Florida as Chain Continues Expansion in Region
Award-winning fast-casual restaurant opens new location in Plantation Pointe, Florida

McAlister’s Deli®, a leading fast casual chain, today announced that as it continues growth in South Florida and other areas of the nation, it is looking for new partnerships with experienced multi-unit franchise owners. The announcement comes after McAlister’s opened a new location in Plantation Pointe on November 6, continuing its expansion in Florida throughout the past year, which included new restaurants in key areas such as Naples, Miami, Tampa/St. Petersburg, and Niceville.

“We are excited for new opportunities with experienced multi-unit franchises throughout the Sunshine State, as the McAlister’s Deli brand has become a top choice for some of the most successful multi-unit franchise owners in the country,” said Paul Macaluso, president of McAlister’s Deli. “The new Plantation Pointe location underscores our commitment to expanding our footprint in South Florida and other areas of the state.”

The Plantation Pointe location will be operated by Vitafoods, LLC, who also operates the Doral, FL restaurant. The newest McAlister’s Deli is situated at 7900 W Sunrise Blvd and created approximately 40 jobs.

As the company looks to open new restaurants, the brand is actively seeking qualified franchisees in metropolitan Jacksonville, Tampa/St. Petersburg, West Palm Beach, Pensacola, Melbourne/Daytona Beach and other territories throughout Florida. There are currently 16 locations throughout the state.

McAlister’s, which this year celebrated the opening of its 400th restaurant, reported $591,303,426 in 2016 system-wide sales and opened 33 restaurants last year. This growth is fueled by both existing franchisees as well as new partnerships with experienced multi-unit franchise owners with notable portfolios. McAlister’s currently operates more than 400 franchised locations in the U.S., across 28 states. The company has attracted a record number of franchise inquiries in recent years due to its quality leadership, healthy sales to investment ratio, and exceptional company performance.

Started in 1989 in a converted gas station in Oxford, Miss., the fast-casual chain has remained one of the nation’s top franchises by being dedicated to genuine hospitality and offering real handcrafted food. This year, the brand climbed 123 spots to No. 23 on Entrepreneur Magazine’s 38th annual Franchise 500 ranking.

To learn more about franchising opportunities with McAlister’s, please contact (888) 855-DELI (3354) or franchising@mcalistersdeli.com, or visit www.mcalistersdelifranchise.com.

About McAlister’s
Founded in 1989, McAlister’s Deli® is a fast casual restaurant chain known for its genuine hospitality, sandwiches, spuds, soups, salads, desserts and McAlister’s Famous Sweet Tea™. In addition to dine-in and take-out service, McAlister’s also offers catering with a selection of sandwich trays, box lunches, desserts, a hot spud bar and more. With numerous industry accolades, the McAlister’s brand has more than 400 restaurants in 28 states. The company is headquartered in Atlanta, Ga. For more information, visit www.mcalistersdeli.com, and find McAlister’s on social media at www.Facebook.com TeaFreaks, www.Twitter.com/McAlistersDeli and www.Instagram.com/McAlistersDeli.

About FOCUS Brands Inc.
Atlanta-based FOCUS Brands Inc., through its affiliate brands, is the franchisor and operator of more than 5,000 ice cream shoppes, bakeries, restaurants and cafes in the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and 60 foreign countries under the brand names Carvel®, Cinnabon®, Schlotzsky’s®, Moe’s Southwest Grill®, Auntie Anne’s® and McAlister’s Deli®, as well as Seattle’s Best Coffee® on certain military bases and in certain international markets. Please visit www.focusbrands.com to learn more.