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2021 Franchise 500 Rank
#47 Ranked #72 last year
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Initial investment
$876K - $2.1M
Units as of 2021
481 12.4% over 3 years

Company Overview

Founder Don Newcomb's goal when he launched McAlister's Deli in 1989 was to create a "gourmet deli with Southern charm."

The restaurants serve sandwiches, salads, stuffed baked potatoes, appetizers, desserts and kid's meals. Customers make their selections at the counter, receive their appetizers and drinks and then sit wherever they choose, while roving servers bring their food and drink refills.

About McAlister's Deli

Industry
Food
Related Categories
Miscellaneous Sandwiches, Sandwiches
Founded
1989
Parent Company
Focus Brands
Leadership
Jim Holthouser, CEO

Franchising Overview

Franchising Since
1994 (27 years)
# of employees at HQ
26
Where seeking

This company is seeking new franchisees throughout the US.

# of Units
481 (as of 2021)

Franchisor Information

Corporate Address
5620 Glenridge Dr.
Atlanta, GA 30342

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
$35,500
Initial Investment
$875,900 - $2,112,650
Net Worth Requirement
$1,000,000 - $1,900,000
Cash Requirement
$425,000 - $930,000
Veteran Incentives
$15,500 off franchise fee
Royalty Fee
5%
Ad Royalty Fee
2%
Term of Agreement
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
210 hours
Classroom Training
40 hours
Ongoing Support
Purchasing Co-ops
Newsletter
Meetings & Conventions
Toll-Free Line
Grand Opening
Online Support
Security & Safety Procedures
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?
Yes
Can this franchise be run from home/mobile unit?
No
Can this franchise be run part time?
No
# of employees required to run
40
Are exclusive territories available?
No

Franchise 500 Ranking History

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Updated: February 8th, 2021