McAlister's Deli

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51 McAlister’s Deli rank last year: 52

Carl Jakaitis Joins McAlister’s as Chief Financial Officer

McAlister’s Deli announces that Carl Jakaitis has been named chief financial officer. He is a seasoned restaurant finance executive with more than 30 years of financial experience in the restaurant industry. 

“I’m confident Carl’s substantial restaurant industry experience will provide McAlister’s Deli with additional leadership and expertise as we continue to develop the McAlister’s brand and expand our system footprint,” says McAlister’s Deli President and CEO Frank Paci.

McAlister’s Signs Multi-Unit Deals for 18 Restaurants

McAlister’s Deli announced today the signing of three multi-unit store development agreements with new and existing franchisees for 10 new restaurants in the Greater Tampa, Florida, area; three new restaurants in Central Michigan; and five new restaurants in Lincoln and Omaha, Nebraska.

Millenial Consumers Rank Their Top Chains

Millennials are unique. They communicate differently, are self-expressive, confident, liberal, upbeat, and open to change. But marketing to them can be a challenge.

This group (ages 19-34) has a distinct perspective on dining occasions, placing more value on attributes like social responsibility, sustainability, local, and organic, grass-fed, and hormone-free offerings. They foster emotional connections to brands and their loyalty stems beyond experience. 

McAlister's Deli to Update Store Design, Add Tea Bar

McAlister's Deli has announced a new store design for its restaurants. Combining modern and traditional elements, the new design gives the 23-year-old brand an updated look and feel.

"We are very excited about our new store design, and believe our customers will find our restaurants even more inviting, accommodating and appealing," says McAlister's Deli President and CEO Frank Paci.

"It's the perfect combination of traditional touches like our town murals with updated decor and furnishings that give our location a fresh look."

Philip Friedman Named Chairman of Brandstand Group

Brandstand Group announced today that Philip Friedman, former CEO and president of McAlister’s Deli and current CEO of Salsarita's Fresh Cantina, has been named chairman of the board of directors at Brandstand Group, a premier restaurant brand marketing and communication firm.

Previously, Friedman served as Brandstand’s vice chairman.

“Dine Out for No Kid Hungry” Raises $2.4 Million in 2011

Share Our Strength’s Dine Out For No Kid Hungry, one of the nation’s fastest-growing and most successful cause-related restaurant-marketing programs, announces that restaurants across the country and their customers raised nearly $2.4 million last year in the fight against childhood hunger.