McAlister’s Deli® Celebrates Successful Year for Franchise Growth in 2016

Award-winning Fast Casual Concept Announces 2017 Expansion Plans for Franchise Development

June 02, 2017 // // ATLANTA - McAlister’s Deli®, a leading fast casual chain, announced a successful year of franchise growth in 2016, with $591,303,426 in system-wide sales. The company’s success was fueled in part by new franchise agreements signed with prominent multi-unit franchise owners.

In 2016, McAlister's opened 33 new restaurants. New restaurants opened in several states including Texas, Florida, Indiana, Illinois, North and South Carolina, and in new markets, including Naples, FL; Cleveland, OH; Buffalo, NY; NW Indiana; and Blacksburg, VA. Commitments were signed to open future McAlister’s restaurants in several states including Wisconsin, Nebraska, Illinois, Indiana, Georgia and Alabama.

In 2017, McAlister’s will continue its aggressive expansion with plans to open new restaurants in first time markets, such as Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Ft. Myers, Salt Lake City and Tucson, and additional restaurants in established markets including Dayton, Tempe, Dallas, Chicago and Northern Virginia. This growth is fueled by both existing franchisees as well as new partnerships with experienced multi-unit franchise owners with notable portfolios.

“The McAlister’s Deli brand has set a foundation for long-term growth while building momentum for a significant year,” said McAlister’s President Paul Macaluso. “We continue to be focused on top-line growth, excellent unit-level economics and finding the right franchisees to bring great dining experiences to our guests around the country.”

McAlister's currently operates more than 400 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. This year, McAlister’s climbed to No. 23 on Entrepreneur Magazine's 38th annual Franchise 500 ranking, an award based on the company’s commitment to changing the way franchise systems handle operations, customer communication and franchisee education.

To learn more about franchising opportunities with McAlister’s, please contact (888) 855-DELI (3354) or, or visit

About McAlister's Deli®

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, and find McAlister’s on social media at, and

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 to learn more.

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