McAlister's Deli

McAlister's Names Franchisee of the Year

McAlister’s Deli, a leading fast-casual restaurant, awarded The Saxton Group and Southwest Deli with the Franchisee of the Year Award at its annual franchise conference in Las Vegas.

Led by Kelly Saxton, Dallas-based The Saxton Group owns and operates 53 McAlister’s restaurants in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Missouri.

Southwest Deli, based in Odessa, Texas, and led by Larry Lee, has 15 locations in New Mexico and Texas.

The Franchisee of the Year Award recognizes outstanding accomplishments in sales growth, unit expansion, and restaurant evaluation scores.

McAlister's to Send One Lucky Guest to the Big Apple

McAlister’s Deli announced its latest digital promotion that will bring one lucky winner and a guest to New York City for the 34th Annual Mississippi Picnic in Central Park. 

“McAlister’s was founded in Mississippi, so we are thrilled to return to the Mississippi Picnic in the Park event for the eighth year to serve our Famous Sweet Tea,” says McAlister’s president and CEO Frank Paci. “We are also excited to bring a lucky winner and their guest along with us for a fun weekend in New York City.”

McAlister's Grows 5 Percent in Q1 2013

McAlister's Deli, a leading fast-casual restaurant, announced a same-store sales increase of 5 percent during the first quarter of 2013. 

This marks the 11th straight quarter of positive sales growth. Comp sales were driven primarily by an increase in entrée sales, indicating overall traffic gains for McAlister’s restaurants system-wide. 

What You Can Learn from Casual Dining

David Blackburn has been in the foodservice business his entire adult life. Since 1979, the McAlister’s Deli franchisee has cataloged more than 25 years of experience in the casual-dining sector, spending 16 of those as regional vice president of operations at O’Charley’s.

Blackburn now owns and operates 23 McAlister’s Deli units across Tennessee, Mississippi, and Missouri.

McAlister's Deli Sends Lucky Fan to the Big Easy

McAlister’s Deli announced the grand-prize winner of its Big Easy Experience promotion.

Melanie Hoffman of Grapevine, Texas, won an all-inclusive trip to New Orleans and dinner with McAlister’s executive chef David Groll. 

“The Big Easy Experience was a great way to promote our new Cajun Shrimp menu and give one lucky fan the chance to enjoy some Cajun-style fun in New Orleans,” says McAlister’s president and CEO Frank Paci.

McAlister's Franchisee Plans for Growth in Ohio, Kentucky

The Bistro Group, a Cincinnati-based franchise of McAlister’s Deli announced its plan to expand in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.  

The Bistro Group owns and operates five McAlister’s Deli locations in Ohio and Kentucky. After more than seven successful years with these five locations, the Bistro Group and McAlister’s Deli are looking to expand into new marketplaces within the region.  

The Bistro Group executive team is scouting new locations in surrounding Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky neighborhoods.  

McAlister’s Spices Things Up with New Orleans-Inspired Fare

McAlister’s Deli, a leading fast casual restaurant, introduces a Cajun Shrimp menu as its latest culinary creation. Available through March 31, the Cajun Shrimp menu showcases Louisiana-inspired seasonings on a Po Boy, Caesar Wrap, and Caesar Salad.

Breaking the 7 Unwritten Rules

How some operators succeed by going against the industry’s conventional wisdom.

Every industry has its unwritten rules for success, a series of dos and don’ts that conventional wisdom suggests are the path to profits.

The quick-serve industry is no exception. For decades, companies have operated under a series of assumptions that guide their business decisions and compose their operations manuals. And many of these brands would suggest they’ve been all the wiser—and richer—by playing by the rules.