Franchise 500 2023
2024 Franchise 500 Rank
#47 Ranked #48 last year
See the Full List
Initial investment
$437K - $2.3M
Units as of 2023
529 Increase 12.8% over 3 years

Company Overview

About McAlister's Deli

Industry Food
Related Categories Miscellaneous Sandwiches, Sandwiches
Founded 1989
Parent Company GoTo Foods
Leadership Mike Freeman, Chief Brand Officer
Corporate Address 5620 Glenridge Dr.
Atlanta, GA 30342
Social Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram
Sponsored Content

More from McAlister's Deli

Create Craveable Connections In your Community

Blame it on our small-town roots, but we believe great food, a warm smile and a tall glass of sweet tea is the fix for almost anything. McAlister’s Deli® offers guests more than hearty sandwiches piled high and sides worth sharing. Through genuine Southern hospitality and friendly conversation, we aim to make every guest feel like our place is their place, too. Become a part of something special with a McAlister’s Deli® of your very own.

Simple Operations

Your restaurant won’t require grills, fryers, or late nights, meaning you can save on resources.

More Ways to Enjoy

With dine-in, takeout, catering, online ordering and a pick-up window, McAlister’s Deli diversifies sales while giving guests the flexibility they crave.

Real Estate & Construction

Experts from our Real Estate and Design & Construction teams are available to support and answer any questions during your site selection process.

Back to School

Join us for training in a classroom and at a high-volume McAlister’s Deli® to get hands-on experience with our menu, operation standards and philosophy of hospitality.

We Have Your Back

A dedicated franchise business consultant provides valuable support as you operate your business while a supply chain team helps you leverage spend management.

Marketing Support

Get ready for growth with national campaigns and assistance from a field marketing manager who will help you create a localized marketing plan.

This information is not intended as an offer to sell a franchise.  We will not offer you a franchise until we have complied with disclosure and registration requirements in your jurisdiction.  Contact McAlister’s Franchisor SPV LLC, located at 5620 Glenridge Drive, NE, Atlanta, GA 30342, to request a copy of our FDD.  RESIDENTS OF NEW YORK:  This advertisement is not an offering.  An offering can only be made by a prospectus filed first with the Department of Law of the State of New York.  Such filing does not constitute approval by the New York Department of Law.  RESIDENTS OF MINNESOTA: MN Franchise Registration Numbers: McAlister’s Franchisor SPV LLC: F-8196.

Business Overview

Franchising Since 1994 (30 years)
# of employees at HQ 78
Where seeking

This company is offering new franchises throughout the US.

# of Units 529 (as of 2023)

Information for Franchisees

Here's what you need to know if you're interested in opening a McAlister's Deli franchise.

Financial Requirements & Ongoing Fees

Here's what you can expect to spend to start the business and what ongoing fees the franchisor charges throughout the life of the business.

Initial Franchise Fee Information Circle
$15,500 - $35,500
Initial Investment Information Circle
$436,850 - $2,329,400
Net Worth Requirement Information Circle
$1,000,000
Cash Requirement Information Circle
$425,000
Veteran Incentives Information Circle
$15,500 off franchise fee
Royalty Fee Information Circle
5%
Ad Royalty Fee Information Circle
2%
Term of Agreement Information Circle
20 years
Is franchise term renewable? Yes

Financing Options

Some franchisors offer in-house financing, while others have relationships with third-party financing sources to which they refer qualified franchisees.

Third Party Financing McAlister's Deli has relationships with third-party sources which offer financing to cover the following: franchise fee, startup costs, equipment, inventory, accounts receivable, payroll

Training & Support Offered

Franchisors offer initial training programs and a variety of ongoing support options to help franchisees run their businesses.

On-The-Job Training 36-250 hours
Classroom Training 18-50 hours
Ongoing Support
Newsletter
Meetings & Conventions
Toll-Free Line
Grand Opening
Online Support
Security & Safety Procedures
Lease Negotiation
Field Operations
Site Selection
Proprietary Software
Franchisee Intranet Platform
Marketing Support
Co-op Advertising
Ad Templates
National Media
Regional Advertising
Social Media
SEO
Website Development
Email Marketing
Loyalty Program/App

Operations

Additional details about running this franchise.

Is absentee ownership allowed? No
Can this franchise be run from home/mobile unit? Information Circle
No
Can this franchise be run part time? Information Circle
No
# of employees required to run 40
Are exclusive territories available? Information Circle
Yes

Franchise 500 Ranking History

Compare where McAlister's Deli landed on this year's Franchise 500 Ranking versus previous years.

Additional Rankings

Curious to know where McAlister's Deli ranked on other franchise lists? Find out below.

Sign Up for Our Franchise Newsletter

Stay up to date on the latest news and trends affecting the franchise industry.

Related Franchise Content

Catch up on the latest franchise news, trends, and more.

Franchise

How to Work Less But Bring in More Money — The Value of Blitzscaling Your Business

Contrary to what many might believe, opening multiple units of a franchise business does not result in exponentially more work. By compounding and Blitzscaling, franchise owners actually work less as they open more locations.

Business News

5 Critical Questions That Will Lead You to Business Success

As the saying goes, we don't always know what we don't know. That can make it hard to come up with the right questions. But not if you start with these five basic inquiries.

Franchise

Dunkin's Ben Affleck Tracksuits Sold Out Almost Immediately. Here's How the Coffee Chain Is Celebrating.

Dunkin's "DunKings" merchandise featured in their Super Bowl ad with Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, and Tom Brady quickly sold out (twice) earlier this week.

Franchise

Why Chick-fil-A is the Best Fast Food Concept But an Average Franchise Opportunity, According to One Industry Expert

Discover the secrets behind Chick-fil-A's phenomenal success as a fast-food giant and why its franchise model, while unique, may not fit every entrepreneur's vision.

Franchise

Which Franchise Model Is Right for You? Here's How to Choose

There are thousands of brands and concepts, but franchises generally fall under two business models: "brick-and-mortar" and "service-based." Which is the best choice for you?

Business News

An Outpost of a Popular Buffet Chain Has Racked Up Tens of Millions of Views on Social Media. Here's How It Keeps Going Viral.

The Bronx Golden Corral is a family-run franchise with three sibling managers running the show.

See more franchise content
Disclaimer
The information on this page is not intended as an endorsement or recommendation of any particular franchise or business opportunity by Entrepreneur Media. Our listings and rankings are solely research tools you can use to compare opportunities. Entrepreneur stresses that you should always conduct your own independent investigation before investing in a franchise or business opportunity. That should include reviewing the company's legal documents, consulting with an attorney and an accountant, and talking to former and current franchisees/licensees/dealers.
Updated: December 12th, 2022