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.

“Over the past two years we have made great strides in strengthening the McAlister’s Deli brand,” says McAlister’s Deli President and CEO Frank Paci. “Our guests have responded very positively to our menu enhancements and we are experiencing strong same-store sales growth and interest in additional development from both new and existing franchisees.”

New franchisee Brayton Knotts and McKnotts Enterprise, LLC will develop 10 McAlister’s Deli locations in the Greater Tampa area over the next several years. A second new franchisee, Bobby Coy and Up North Franchising Group, Inc., will develop three restaurants in Saginaw, Bay City, Midland, and Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.  

Finally, Bobby Salvo and Deli, Inc. will develop five new restaurants in Lincoln and Omaha, Nebraska, over the next several years. Deli, Inc. is an existing franchisee with a location in Pueblo, Colorado, and plans to develop in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Santa Fe, New Mexico.

“McAlister’s Deli is excited to expand into Nebraska and Central Michigan, and add new locations in Tampa,” says Peter Wright, vice president of franchise development for McAlister’s Deli. “These franchisees will focus on what matters most to our guests – exceptional food served with great customer service in a warm, friendly atmosphere.”   

With 307 restaurants in 22 states, McAlister’s continues to seek new franchisees in select markets throughout the U.S. to make expansion possible. The company is focusing its growth in undeveloped markets in the states where McAlister’s currently operates, as well as spearheading growth in new territories across the country. 

“It’s an exciting time for McAlister’s with expansion into new territories, our new restaurant design and menu enhancements, and even more on the horizon,” Wright says.

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