Award-winning fast casual restaurant continues expansion with plans for multiple new locations
Atlanta, GA (RestaurantNews.com) McAlister’s Deli®, a leading fast casual restaurant chain known for its Famous Sweet Tea and recently ranked as one of consumers’ favorite chains by Restaurant Business, today announced it signed franchise agreements with experienced multi-unit franchise owners, in both Georgia and Illinois. The restaurant chain is set to open five restaurants in the Atlanta market over the next several years, with the goal of opening locations in Alpharetta, Cumming, Johns Creek and Snellville. In addition, multiple new locations are set to open throughout Illinois, with three locations slated to open in key growth markets such as Effingham, Decatur and Champaign.
“Both Georgia and Illinois are key growth markets for McAlister’s and by teaming up with some of the most successful multi-unit franchise owners in the country, we will not only elevate our presence in these states, but nationally as well,” said Jeff Sturgis, McAlister’s Vice President of Franchise Development. “These experienced franchisees bring a wealth of knowledge and success developing and operating restaurants. We are confident they will be a great complement to our existing base of successful multi-unit franchisees.”
The Atlanta locations will be operated by James Butler and Tye Hill, who are currently Golden Corral franchisees with locations in Alabama and Georgia. Both former NFL players, the duo are adding McAlister’s to their business portfolio.
“We had been looking for another brand to add to our business and McAlister’s stood out for its outstanding food, commitment to exceptional service and its strong economics,” said Hill and Butler. “We’re excited to join the McAlister’s family as we look forward to opening the first of hopefully many restaurants over the next few years.”
The Illinois restaurants will be developed and owned by Charlie Rodgers, an experienced developer, restaurant operator and business owner, with holdings in Indiana and Illinois.
“We are thrilled to be a part of the brand’s continued expansion into the state of Illinois,” states Rodgers. “I have known and observed the concept for many years and felt the time was right to make the commitment to bring McAlister’s to these markets.”
McAlister’s had a successful year of franchise growth in 2015, with $548 million in system-wide sales, the opening of 27 new restaurants – some in new markets, including Chicago, Rochester, and Orlando – and nearly 60 commitments for new restaurants. This growth is fueled by both existing franchisees as well as new partnerships with experienced multi-unit franchise owners with notable portfolios.
McAlister’s currently operates more than 361 franchised locations in the U.S., across 28 states. The company has attracted a record number of franchise inquiries in recent years due to its quality leadership, healthy sales to investment ratio, and exceptional company performance.
Founded in 1989, McAlister’s Deli® is a fast casual restaurant chain known for its sandwiches, spuds, soups, salads, desserts and McAlister’s Famous Sweet Tea™. In addition to dine-in and take-out service, McAlister’s also offers catering with a selection of sandwich trays, box lunches, desserts, a hot spud bar and more. With numerous industry accolades, the McAlister’s brand has more than 361 restaurants in 28 states. The company is headquartered in Atlanta, Ga. For more information, visit www.mcalistersdeli.com.
About FOCUS Brands Inc.
Atlanta-based FOCUS Brands Inc., through its affiliate brands, is the franchisor and operator of more than 5,000 ice cream shoppes, bakeries, restaurants, and cafes in the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and 60 foreign countries under the brand names Carvel®, Cinnabon®, Schlotzsky’s®, Moe’s Southwest Grill®, Auntie Anne’s® and McAlister’s Deli®, as well as Seattle’s Best Coffee® on certain military bases and in certain international markets. Please visit www.focusbrands.com to learn more.