May 09, 2013 // Franchising.com // Dallas, TX – McAlister’s Deli, a leading fast casual restaurant, awarded Dallas-based restaurant group, The Saxton Group, with the coveted Franchisee of the Year Award at its annual Franchise Conference in Las Vegas last week. The Franchisee of the Year award recognizes outstanding accomplishments in sales growth, unit expansion and restaurant evaluation scores.
“The Saxton Group had an exceptional year in 2012 with double digit comparable sales growth and the development of multiple units,” said McAlister’s Deli President and CEO Frank Paci. “We are excited to recognize their accomplishments and dedication to the McAlister’s Deli brand.”
The Saxton Group also brought home other top awards, including Regional Manager of the Year (Robert McLeod) and General Manager of the Year (Rickey Desoto, Arlington, TX). In addition, Adam Saxton, Vice President of The Saxton Group, was elected Chairman of the McAlister's Franchise Advisory Council.
“The Saxton Group is honored to be part of such a great brand and growing company,” says Adam Saxton. “We are proud of our team of employees and the awards they received this year.”
There are 316 restaurants in the McAlister's system and The Saxton Group owns 53, spanning Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas.
Over the past two years, McAlister’s Deli has undertaken initiatives to strengthen their market presence and improve their quality of service. Technomic recently recognized McAlister’s as the top chain in the fast casual industry for food and beverage and as one of consumers’ Top 5 Favorite Chains in the country.
To learn more about The Saxton Group, please visit www.thesaxtongroup.com.
A 100% Employee Owned Company, The Saxton Group has been part of the restaurant industry for over 30 years. The Saxton Group has a rich history of multi-unit and multi-brand development. Initially a small operation with a single restaurant, the group has evolved into industry veterans and leaders with locations operating in four states. A 2013 acquisition made The Saxton Group the largest McAlister's Deli franchisee in the country, owning and operating over 50 locations. As one of Restaurant Franchise Monitor's Top 100 Restaurant Franchisees, The Saxton Group is aggressively expanding McAlister's Deli and Pinkberry concepts. Through the years, The Saxton Group has maintained a family approach to business and takes pride in teaching every employee about the restaurant business from the ground up. The group is headquartered in Dallas, Texas. For more information, please visit www.thesaxtongroup.com.
Founded in 1989, Ridgeland, Mississippi-based McAlister’s Deli is a quick-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 casual catering, with a selection of deli and sandwich trays, vegetable, cheese and fruit trays, breakfast trays, box lunches and desserts. With numerous industry accolades, McAlister’s Deli currently has more than 315 restaurants in 23 states. For more information, visit www.mcalistersdeli.com.
SOURCE McAlister’s Deli