McAlister's Deli, a leading fast casual restaurant, announced 2013 performance achievements for the brand including system sales, same store sales, new openings, and development commitments.


For the year, same-store sales increased 4.8 percent. Company-owned store sales performance was driven by a 3.7-percent increase in entree sales, indicating traffic gains. Total system sales in 2013 were $459 million with an average unit volume of $1.5 million for all traditional stores continuously open and operating during 2013.


Additionally, McAlister's announced the opening of 12 new restaurants in 2013 as well as the signing of 11 development agreements representing 63 future locations. These agreements are in existing markets, including Indiana, Texas, North Carolina, and South Carolina, and in new markets such as northern New Jersey, Buffalo, New York, Orlando, Salt Lake City and Boise, Idaho.


"We are pleased to deliver another year of strong growth for the brand. Over the past two years, we have grown cumulative same stores sales by 12.9 percent," says McAlister's Deli president and CEO Frank Paci. "Our growth is a testament to our franchisees and operators continued commitment to providing great food and genuine hospitality to our guests."


In 2014, the McAlister's brand will celebrate its 25th anniversary and expects to open 25 new restaurants. The first four locations are scheduled to open by mid-February in North Abilene, Andrews and Irving, Texas, as well as Lawton, Oklahoma.

Denise Lee Yohn: QSR's Marketing Guru, Finance, Growth, News, Pizza, McAlister's Deli