Fast Casual Chain Announces 2014 Expansion Plans
Alpharetta, GA (RestaurantNews.com) McAlister’s® Deli, a leading fast casual restaurant, announced 2013 performance achievements for the brand including system sales, same store sales, new openings and development commitments.
For the year, same-store sales increased 4.8 percent. Company-owned store sales performance was driven by a 3.7-percent increase in entree sales, indicating traffic gains. Total system sales in 2013 were $459 million with an average unit volume of $1.5 million for all traditional stores continuously open and operating during 2013.
Additionally, McAlister’s announced the opening of 12 new restaurants in 2013 as well as the signing of 11 development agreements representing 63 future locations. These agreements are in existing markets, including Indiana, Texas, North Carolina and South Carolina, and in new markets such as northern New Jersey, Buffalo, N.Y., Orlando, Salt Lake City and Boise, Idaho.
“We are pleased to deliver another year of strong growth for the brand. Over the past two years, we have grown cumulative same stores sales by 12.9 percent,” said McAlister’s Deli President and CEO Frank Paci. “Our growth is a testament to our franchisees and operators continued commitment to providing great food and genuine hospitality to our guests.”
In 2014, the McAlister’s brand will celebrate its 25th anniversary and expects to open 25 new restaurants. The first four locations are scheduled to open by mid-February in North Abilene, Andrews and Irving, TX as well as Lawton, OK.
Technomic® recognized McAlister’s as the top kid-friendly fast casual chain in its 2014 Chain Restaurant Consumers’ Choice Awards, and as one of the Top Five Chains Overall in its 2013 “Consumer Restaurant Brand Metrics” Report. FastCasual.com also ranked the brand No. 2 on its “Top 100 Movers and Shakers” list of 2013 and named Paci one of the “Top 20 People” in the industry to watch.
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 320 restaurants in 24 states. The company has corporate offices in both Alpharetta, Ga and Ridgeland, Miss. For more information, visit www.mcalistersdeli.com.