McAlister's Deli

Great Food. Genuine Hospitality. McAlister’s Famous Sweet TeaTM

Guests have enjoyed the great tastes of McAlister’s Deli since 1989. The brand’s unwavering commitment to genuine hospitality and delicious food gives it a unique position in the attractive fast-casual restaurant segment. McAlister’s has achieved 11 consecutive quarters of positive sales growth and has expanded its presence to more than 320 restaurants in 23 states, with three more locations expected to open by the end of 2013. The company has been aggressively growing its presence across the U.S. and the restaurants have Average Net Sales of $1,415,705. McAlister’s recently announced it will develop 22 new restaurants with four franchise groups in seven states over the next several years.

“For more than 20 years, McAlister’s has been offering a unique combination of hearty-sized deli fare, exceptional service and warm hospitality,” said Frank Paci, McAlister’s Deli president and CEO. “McAlister’s strong, loyal fan base, along with our dedicated franchisees, help make McAlister’s one of the most successful franchise opportunities in the U.S.” McAlister’s is best known for its wide-ranging menu of sandwiches, giant spuds, entrée salads, soups and their Famous Sweet TeaTM.


Ranked #2 of Top 100 Movers and Shakers with Fast Casual (2013), Top Restaurant Brands with Nation’s Restaurant News (2013), Top Performing Fast Casual Restaurant in Food, Beverages, Value, Service and Atmosphere with Technomic (2012), Inaugural Winner of the Chain Restaurant Consumers’ Choice Awards in the Fast Casual Category Food and Beverages with Technomic (2012), Top 25 Restaurant Social Media Index with Nation’s Restaurant News (2012)

Investment Details

Our most successful McAlister’s Deli franchisees are multi-unit foodservice operators, focused on executing brand standards, committed to offering genuine hospitality and are successful business leaders with the ability to build a strong team. The franchise fee is $30,000 for each unit for multi-unit agreements. For single unit franchisees, the franchise fee is $35,000. Depending on the real estate site selected, the total cost of the investment varies.

Available Territories

The future is all about growth and there are plenty of communities that would welcome a McAlister’s Deli restaurant with open arms. We are expanding across the U.S. and there are dozens of development opportunities.

Products and Services

Catering Services

Catering is a great marketing tool that extends the reach of the store footprint, creates awareness for the brand and is also a revenue generator.  Many of our franchisees have leveraged catering to not only grow their business but expand the McAlister’s name throughout their community. Learn more »

McAlister's Famous Sweet Tea™

No visit to McAlister’s would be complete without a glass of our Famous Sweet Tea™. This signature beverage is hand crafted several times each day for a fresh taste that is second to none. Learn more »
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