McAlister’s Deli® Targeting Phoenix for Franchise Growth

Award-winning Fast Casual Concept Seeks Multi-unit Restaurant Operators to Expand Brand 

March 23, 2015 // // Alpharetta, Ga. - McAlister’s Deli®, a leading fast casual chain, announced today it is targeting Phoenix for franchise growth. The brand is seeking experienced multi-unit restaurant operators to help expand McAlister’s presence in the market through multi-unit development agreements in areas such as Mesa, Tempe, Chandler, Gilbert, Glendale and Goodyear.

“The National Restaurant Association has predicted Phoenix will lead the country in restaurant sales growth this year and continue to be a hot spot for the next decade. Additionally, Arizona fosters an environment that encourages small business ownership,” said Jeff Sturgis, McAlister’s Vice President of Franchise Development. “With just two locations in the market - Phoenix and Peoria - McAlister’s has incredible opportunity to open several new restaurants and we look forward to connecting with local operators who want to help us grow our footprint.”

McAlister's experienced strong franchise growth in 2014, opening 19 new restaurants and expanding the brand to several new markets, including Columbus and Dayton, Ohio; Evansville, Ind.; Pooler, Ga.; and The Villages, Fla. In addition to Phoenix, McAlister’s is currently seeking qualified franchisees to expand the brand in states such as New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Virginia, Michigan, Illinois, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Florida and Georgia.

Technomic® has recognized McAlister’s twice in its Consumers’ Choice Awards for Chain Restaurants - in 2015 as top fast casual chain for pleasant, friendly service and in 2014 as the top kid-friendly fast casual chain. Franchise Business Review named McAlister’s one of its “Best Franchise Opportunities for 2015” in its Franchisee Satisfaction Awards, as well as a “Top Franchise” in 2014 based on franchisee satisfaction. In 2014, Nation’s Restaurant News named McAlister’s a Top Limited-Service Restaurant in the Sandwich category 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.

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 340 restaurants in 24 states. The company is headquartered in Alpharetta, Ga. For more information, visit

About FOCUS Brands Inc.

Atlanta-based FOCUS Brands Inc. is the franchisor and operator of over 4,000 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 to learn more.

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