Three Reasons McAlister’s Deli® is a Great Option for Multi-Unit Franchisees
Three Reasons McAlister’s Deli® is a Great Option for Multi-Unit Franchisees

Multi-unit franchisees see McAlister’s growth, strong kitchen operations and brand support as among reasons to join the brand


Multi-unit franchisees want to invest in a brand that has strong potential for growth, and McAlister’s Deli has does not disappoint. Since 2013, McAlister’s is on track to triple its number of openings. In 2017, the brand was listed in Entrepreneur Magazine’s Fastest Growing Franchises as well as Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500. Additionally, McAlister’s Deli was listed in Fast Casual’s Top 100 Movers and Shakers.

Current franchisees are opening more locations, and new multi-unit franchisees are excited about McAlister’s total value proposition and how they believe the brand will enhance their portfolio.

“For us, it’s an honor to see that our franchisees’ hard work and success is reflecting so well on the brand. We are growth oriented and have been for a long time, and it’s encouraging to see that the industry appreciates what we value: genuine hospitality, great service and a commitment to meet our own high standards,” said McAlister’s President, Paul Macaluso.  

Strong Kitchen Operations Model

“When you make a decision as a franchisee to go and join a company, you better make sure in some way, shape or form that they have your back and that they’ve got the structure and the process to help you be successful.” - Brayton Knotts, September 2017 interview with QSR Magazine

McAlister’s offers prospective business owners a simple business model, which forms the heart of its strong kitchen operations platform. McAlister’s does not use grills or fryers, making the build-out process more affordable and timely for owners who are focused on getting their businesses off the ground. The brand already has an existing supply chain in place, giving franchisees the opportunity to take advantage of buying products for a decreased price. Restaurants with the right real-estate capability can introduce a pick-up window, for example, to increase accessibility for customers who want to enjoy McAlister’s on the go.

Tools to monitor restaurants remotely are critical to operating multiple units, and the company actively adjusts its support program to offer a variety of monitoring tolls to franchisees. Those tools and procedures are key factors in the franchise’s nearly 30-year history of success.

Brand Support

McAlister’s franchisees enjoy a long list of corporate support services. From the grand-opening process that includes assistance with real estate review and marketing tactics, to a strong network of more than 400 existing restaurants, advantages of being a franchisee of McAlister’s Deli do not stop there. The brand adds another layer of support to its system by being a part of FOCUS Brands.

FOCUS Brands is a leading developer of global, multi-channel, food-service brands. In addition to McAlister’s, its portfolio includes Moe’s Southwest Grill®, Schlotzsky’s Deli®, Auntie Anne’s® Pretzels, Cinnabon® and Carvel® Ice Cream. One of the main areas of synergy for McAlister’s is in the supply chain needed to support all stores. The purchasing power of these 6 brands provides FOCUS Brands with considerable clout and leverage when working with the vendor and distribution marketplace.

“Instead of going to market as McAlister’s Deli with 400 restaurants, we’re going into the vendor community as FOCUS Brands, which works on behalf of 4,600 locations,” said Rich Kamph, Senior Vice President of Supply Chain for FOCUS Brands. “What that means for franchisees is they have the opportunity to participate in a much larger buying organization and receive the increased value this larger organization delivers. We’re able to leverage our size and scale with vendors to negotiate superior supply agreements on high-quality products and ingredients.”

Qualifying criteria to become a multi-unit franchisee with McAlister’s Deli includes a net worth of approximately $1.5 million, with approximately $750,000 in liquid assets, previous multi-unit restaurant experience and a commitment to executing to brand standards and offering genuine hospitality. 


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