July 10, 2014 // Franchising.com // Alpharetta, Ga. - McAlister's Deli, a leading fast casual restaurant, announced today one of its San Antonio, Texas, restaurants has been relocated to 5880 DeZavala Road. The restaurant, owned by McAlister's Deli franchise group Southwest Deli, opened on July 7 and features a "call ahead" window where guests can conveniently pick up to-go orders. The new restaurant is a freestanding building in the same shopping center as the previous location and also features ample parking and a covered patio.
"We are excited to relocate the DeZavala Road location which will allow us to provide even better service to our loyal customers through new features like our call ahead pick-up window," said Larry Lee, owner of Southwest Deli. "The pick-up window has been very successful in other markets and we are looking forward to bringing this feature to the community for the first time. Residents of San Antonio have busy lives, so we are confident that they will enjoy the ability to pick up their orders quickly and conveniently."
Southwest Deli currently operates 17 McAlister's restaurants in Texas and New Mexico. The group has a development plan in place for four states including continued growth in Texas and New Mexico as well as new territories in Utah and Idaho. In addition to Carlsbad, N.M., Southwest Deli opened restaurants in Abilene and Andrews, Texas, in the first quarter of 2014 with plans to open four additional locations this year.
"Our future growth will create approximately 1,200 jobs throughout these local communities and also gives us an opportunity to bring McAlister's great food and genuine hospitality to more locations," added Lee.
The McAlister's Deli in San Antonio will serve guests from Sunday – Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more information, please call the restaurant at 210-694-0060, or visit its Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/McAlistersDeZavala.
Consumer Reports recently named McAlister's one of the top fast-casual restaurants. Technomic® also has 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. Nation's Restaurant News named McAlister's the top limited-service sandwich chain in its 2014 Consumer Picks Survey. FastCasual.com also recognized the brand on its "Top 100 Movers and Shakers" list of 2014 and named McAlister's President and CEO Frank Paci one of the "Top 25 People" in the industry to watch. Also in 2014, QSR magazine named McAlister's to its annual list of Best Franchise Deals.
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 325 restaurants in 24 states. The company has corporate offices in both Alpharetta, Ga., and Ridgeland, Miss. For more information, visit www.mcalistersdeli.com.