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McAlister’s Deli® Opens First Iowa Restaurant in West Des Moines

Move into Iowa marks brand’s expansion throughout the Upper Midwest region

October 06, 2017 // // ATLANTA - McAlister’s Deli®, a leading fast casual chain, will open its first restaurant in Iowa on October 13, continuing its aggressive expansion into the Upper Midwest region. With the opening in West Des Moines, McAlister’s now has more than 400 restaurants in 28 states.

“Opening the first McAlister’s in Iowa underscores our strategic plan to expand the brand’s footprint not only across Iowa, with deals in place to cover the entire state, but throughout the broader Upper Midwest region,” said Paul Macaluso, president of McAlister’s Deli. “Our strong and dedicated franchisees are at the heart of why we’re able to introduce McAlister’s to more diners across the U.S.”

McAlister’s, which this year celebrated the opening of its 400th restaurant, reported $591,303,426 in 2016 system-wide sales and opened 33 restaurants last year. This included growth in existing markets, including Illinois, and in new markets, including northwest Indiana. Additionally, commitments are in place to continue growth of the brand in Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana, among other states.

The West Des Moines location will be operated by The Saxton Group, the largest McAlister’s Deli franchisee with 74 of the brand’s locations throughout Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri and - now - Iowa.

Started in 1989 in a converted gas station in Oxford, Miss., the fast casual chain has remained one of the nation’s top franchises by being dedicated to genuine hospitality and offering real handcrafted food. This year, the brand climbed 123 spots to No. 23 on Entrepreneur Magazine’s 38th annual Franchise 500 ranking.

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

About McAlister’s

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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