McAlister’s Deli® Climbs Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500 List to No. 23
Award-Winning Fast Casual Restaurant Breaks into Top 25
January 30, 2017
McAlister’s Deli®, a leading fast-casual restaurant chain best known for its
Real Handcrafted Sandwiches, Famous Sweet Tea and world class hospitality, today announced it has
climbed 123 spots to No. 23 on Entrepreneur Magazine's 38th annual Franchise 500 ranking.
The magazine recognizes the role that big data, social media, cloud tools and powerful customer
management systems have all played in dramatically changing the way franchise systems tackle
operations, customer communication and franchisee education – all key factors in determining the
Franchise 500 rankings. Additional factors that go into Entrepreneur’s evaluation include costs and fees,
size and growth, support, brand strength, and financial strength and stability. All franchises are given a
cumulative score based on more than 150 data points, and the 500 franchises with the highest cumulative
scores become the Franchise 500 in ranking order.
"Being recognized as the No. 23 franchise by Entrepreneur Magazine is an astounding achievement," said
Paul Macaluso, President of McAlister’s Deli. "We’re truly humbled and honored, and attribute our success
as a brand in large part to our dedicated franchisees and loyal guests across the country. We’re looking
forward to leading McAlister’s to continued growth and brand innovation.”
McAlister’s had a successful year of franchise growth in 2016 with significant system-wide sales and the
opening of 33 new restaurants in existing markets and new markets, including Naples and Ft. Walton
Beach, FL; Buffalo, NY; NW Indiana and Cleveland, OH.
"McAlister’s has become a top choice for some of the most successful multi-unit franchisees in the
country," said Jeff Sturgis, McAlister’s Vice President of Franchise Development. "We’re thrilled about the
continued growth of our company, and we anticipate even stronger results in the next year.”
McAlister's currently operates more than 380 restaurants 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 genuine hospitality, 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 400 restaurants in 28 states. The company is headquartered in Atlanta, Ga. For more information, visit McAlistersDeli.com, and find McAlister’s on social media at Facebook.com/TeaFreaks , www.Twitter.com/McAlistersDeli and www.Instagram.com/McAlistersDeli.