McAlister's Deli Signs Development Agreement to Open 10 Locations

Award-winning Fast Casual Concept Accelerates Franchise Growth throughout Houston, Texas

November 06, 2014 // // ALPHARETTA, Ga. – McAlister's® Deli, a leading fast casual restaurant chain, announced today it has signed an agreement with new franchise group Southwest Concepts, LLC to open 10 locations throughout the Houston DMA, with one location slated to open in 2015. McAlister's currently has six restaurants throughout the Houston market and will also open two additional locations in 2015 with existing franchisees.

"We are excited about McAlister's accelerated expansion and see tremendous opportunity to further develop the brand throughout Houston," said McAlister's Chief Development Officer Jeff Sturgis. "The owners of Southwest Concepts, LLC have a strong track record of excellent restaurant development and operations experience and bring more than 10 years of foodservice experience to McAlister's. We are confident the team will sustain a loyal fan base throughout these communities and will continue to grow the brand's footprint across the market."

The Southwest Concepts, LLC group currently operates several restaurant concepts, including 22 Taco Bell® restaurants across the country, with two in development. The group has a development plan in place to bring 10 additional McAlister's Deli locations to Houston over the next eight years, and will be operating one restaurant in the market by the end of 2015.

"McAlister's Deli is a strong brand with great growth potential, making it the perfect addition to our portfolio," said Al Dossani, Owner of Southwest Concepts, LLC. "We are passionate about the brand and look forward to bringing McAlister's Famous Sweet Tea™, sandwiches, soups, spuds and genuine hospitality to more communities in Houston."

Technomic® recognized McAlister's twice in its Chain Restaurant Consumers' Choice Awards — in 2014 as the top kid-friendly fast casual chain and in 2013 as the top fast casual chain for food and beverage. This year, Nation's Restaurant News named McAlister's the top limited-service sandwich chain in its Consumer Picks Survey. Also in 2014, QSR Magazine recognized the brand as one of the "Best Franchise Deals" and named McAlister's to its QSR 50 list, ranking 13th for U.S. average sales per unit in 2013. also recognized the brand on its "Top 100 Movers and Shakers" list of 2014 and Franchise Business Review named McAlister's one of 2014's "Top Franchises" in the Food and Beverage category based on franchisee satisfaction.

To learn more about franchising opportunities with McAlister's, please contact (888) 855-DELI (3354) or, or visit This information is not intended as an offer to sell. We will not offer you a franchise until we have complied with disclosure requirements in your jurisdiction.

About McAlister's

Founded in 1989, McAlister's® Deli is a fast casual restaurant chain known for its 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 330 restaurants in 24 states. The company has corporate offices in both Alpharetta, Ga., and Ridgeland, Miss. For more information, visit

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