McAlister's Deli

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McAlister’s Deli Opens in Evansville, IN

McAlister’s Deli, a fast-casual restaurant, announces its first location in Evansville, Indiana, opened on Monday, May 12, at 2220 N. Green River Road.

“We are thrilled to bring McAlister's Deli to Evansville,” says McAlister’s franchisee Kent Johnson. “Our family has been customers of McAlister's for over ten years, and we couldn’t be happier to open our very own location in our hometown. We look forward to bringing McAlister’s friendly atmosphere, unique menu, and genuine hospitality to the local residents of Evansville.”

McAlister's Deli Asks Fans to #ShowUsYourSip

McAlister's Deli announced its #ShowUsYourSip contest in which one fan will win free McAlister’s Famous Sweet Tea for 25 years.

“Everyone has their own way of enjoying McAlister’s Famous Sweet Tea, delicious flavored teas, and our lemonades. So whether it’s a sip, chug, or gulp, we want to see their sipping expertise!” says McAlister’s chief marketing officer Donna Josephson. “Our Show Us Your Sip promotion is a fun way to engage with our loyal tea freaks. We are excited to reward one grand prize winner the ultimate prize—one free tea every week for the next 25 years.”

McAlister's Announces Opening of New Mexico Unit

McAlister's Deli announced its first location in Carlsbad, New Mexico, opening with franchise group Southwest Deli on Monday, May 12. To celebrate, the restaurant will donate all tips collected within the first month to the local Boys and Girls Club.

"We're excited about bringing the first McAlister's Deli restaurant to Carlsbad," says Larry Lee, owner of Southwest Deli. "We feel confident that the local community will enjoy our great line of soups, salads, sandwiches, and spuds, as well McAlister's Famous Sweet Tea."

McAlister's Deli Adds Big Bold Cheesesteak to Lineup

McAlister's Deli announced the expansion of its line of Big Bold Sandwiches with the addition of the limited-time-only Big Bold Cheesesteak.

“We are always looking for ways to satisfy guests’ cravings with a variety of flavors.  We wanted to expand on the popularity of our Big Bold Sandwiches and the new Cheesesteak is McAlister’s take on an American regional favorite,” says McAlister's Deli VP of marketing, Donna Josephson. 

McAlister's Inks Multiunit Deal for Cleveland Area

McAlister's Deli announced the signing of a development agreement with an experienced multiunit operator to develop three restaurants in the Cleveland, Ohio, area—the brand’s first locations in the market.

Gary Master, owner and operator of three Houlihan’s and six Wendy’s restaurants, will open three McAlister’s locations in the Cleveland market over the next two years, with the first anticipated to open in late fall 2014. Master is targeting the Westlake and Strongsville areas for expansion.

McAlister's Partners with Lenders for Nat'l Franchise Expansion

McAlister's Deli, a fast-casual restaurant, announced it has partnered with several lenders for franchise expansion nationwide. First Franchise Capital, Balboa Capital, and Franchise America Finance have committed to financing new construction and remodels, as well as POS upgrades and equipment.