|Subsidiary (owned by Focus Brands)|
|Founded||1989 in Oxford, Mississippi|
|Headquarters||Ridgeland, Mississippi and Alpharetta, Georgia|
McAlister's Deli is a chain of fast casual restaurants founded in 1989 in Oxford, Mississippi by retired dentist Dr. Don Newcomb. There are currently over 350 locations in 26 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, "Texas-size" 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 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.
McAlister's Deli Corporation is a privately held company, formerly run by Frank G. Paci, CEO, now at Noah Einstein Group. 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., Southern Deli (based in Charlotte, 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 chain's headquarters is located in Ridgeland, Mississippi, and Alpharetta, Georgia. In 2004, after selling McAlister's Deli, Newcomb founded the fast casual restaurant chain Newk's Eatery.
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- "LETTER: Restaurants should work to become greener". statenews.com. Retrieved 2015-07-21.
- "McAlister's Deli names Carin Stutz president". Retrieved 12 August 2016.
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- "Newk's Express Café". Retrieved 12 August 2016.