McAlister's Deli

McAlister’s Rings in Holidays with Social Media Contest

McAlister’s Deli, a leading fast casual restaurant, is ringing in the holidays and engaging its fans via a creative social media contest to name “The Penguin,” the brand’s holiday gift card mascot. The contest gives customers the chance to win not only bragging rights, but also $1,500 in prizes.

The Town-Gown Affair

Even with a customer base made up of transient students, college towns represent a major opportunity for quick-serve operators.

McAlister's college town locations seek life long brand customers.
An employee at a college-town McAlister's location helps the brand earn potential life-long customers. McAlister's Deli

Many college-bound students have one word on their minds: freedom. Restaurant operators associate another word with campus life: captivity.

And both groups are equally excited about it.

High and Dry

This year’s historic drought threatens to send food costs skyrocketing.

McAlister's Deli locked in turkey and bacon prices until the end of the year.
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It’s clear that one of the most severe droughts in the nation’s history will affect food costs, but just how much and exactly when still remain to be seen.

While restaurants have grown accustomed to absorbing food-price swings, operators say this summer’s drought may force them to pass on some of the burden to customers.

McAlister's, Genghis Grill Seek Supply Chain Support

With commodity prices expected to present even greater challenges to restaurant operators, three more national and regional chains are turning to SpenDifference for help in navigating today’s volatile economic environment.

McAlister’s Deli, Genghis Grill, and Margaritas join a client roster that includes Smashburger, Sizzler, Taco John’s, Pizza Ranch, Big Boy, HuHot Mongolian Grill, and others.

McAlister's Deli Lands New Vice President of Marketing

McAlister's Deli, a leading fast-casual restaurant, announced that Donna Josephson has joined the company as vice president of marketing.

She brings to McAlister's more than 20 years of restaurant marketing experience and has been instrumental in developing and implementing innovative customer and franchisee marketing programs throughout her career.

QSR 50 Contenders

Want to know which 15 brands are knocking on the QSR 50's door? Some are old favorites, others are new to the list, but they're all trying their hardest to climb their way into the Top 50 ranks.

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.