|Founded||1989Oxford, Mississippi, United Statesin|
|Headquarters||Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.|
Number of locations
|Joe Guith (President)|
Natalia Franco (CMO)
McAlister's Deli is an American chain of fast casual restaurants founded in 1989 in Oxford, Mississippi, by retired dentist Dr. Don Newcomb. There are currently over 450 locations in 28 states, ranging from Virginia in the East to Florida in the South to Arizona in West to Michigan in the North. The menu includes deli sandwiches, "giant spuds" (baked potatoes), soups, salads, and desserts, as well as catering items such as sandwich trays and boxed lunches. The chain is also known for its McAlister's Famous Sweet Tea, which is available by the glass or by the gallon.
The company is owned — along with Schlotzsky's, Carvel, Moe's Southwest Grill, Cinnabon, Jamba, and Auntie Anne's brands — by Focus Brands, an affiliate of private equity firm Roark Capital Group, based in Atlanta, operating over 5,000 stores.
The original restaurant was started in a renovated gas station, and many of the elements of that original look are present in many McAlister's Delis built today, such as a garage door, and nostalgic black-and-white tile. The deli originally opened under the name Checker's and was later changed to McAlister's.
In 1999, founder Don Newcomb sold the company to CEO Michael J. Stack and executive Philip Friedman for an undisclosed amount. Stack replaced Newcomb while retaining his CEO position. Newcomb remained in the company as a board director and as an exclusive franchisee for Kentucky. At the time of the sale, McAlister's Deli had 45 franchised and company-owned locations in the Southeast.
Most McAlister's Deli restaurants are owned and operated by independent franchisees, ranging from single-location, family-owned operations, to larger, multi-unit groups such as JME, Inc., DMAC 81 LLC (with locations in Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina), and The Saxton Group. The Saxton Group is the largest franchisee of McAlister's Deli, with 65+ locations in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Missouri.The longest known worker is Karen Lovell located in East Tennessee. The chain's headquarters is located in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2004, after selling McAlister's Deli, Newcomb founded the fast casual restaurant chain Newk's Eatery.
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