McAlister's Deli Franchise

Quick/casual restaurant chain

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 more than 90 different menu items, including sandwiches, salads, super-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. McAlister's has grown to more than 350 franchised units.

The total investment necessary to begin operation of a franchised
McAlister’s Deli Restaurant (“Traditional Restaurant”) ranges from
$927,900 to $2,094,200. This includes $35,000 to $35,400 that must be
paid to the franchisor or their affiliates.
The total investment necessary to begin operation of a franchised McAlister’s Express
Restaurant (“Express Restaurant”) is $398,000 to $607,850. This includes
$15,000 to $15,400 that must be paid to the franchisor or their
Veteran Incentives  $5,000 off franchise fee
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How much does it cost to open a McAlister's Deli Franchise?

The investment required to open a McAlister's Deli Franchise is between $398,000-$2,094,200. There is an initial franchise fee of $15,000-$35,000 which grants you the license to run a business under the McAlister's Deli name.

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When did the first McAlister's Deli open? 1989
When did McAlister's Deli start Franchising? 1994
Expense In-House Third Party
Franchise Fee No Yes
Startup Costs No Yes
Equipment No Yes
Inventory No Yes
Accounts Receivable No Yes
Payroll No Yes

Third Party Financing Source(s): GE Capital, Comerica Bank, Irwin Franchise Finance

On-The-Job Training: 206 hours
Classroom Training: 45 hours

Purchasing Co-ops
Toll-Free Line
Grand Opening
Online Support
Security/Safety Procedures
Field Operations
Site Selection
Proprietary Software
Franchisee Intranet Platform

Co-op Advertising
Ad Templates
Regional Advertising
Social media
Website development
Email marketing
Loyalty program/app

Franchisees required to buy multiple units/master licenses; 95% of all franchisees own more than one unit

Number of employees needed to run franchised unit: 40

Absentee ownership of franchise is allowed. (66% of current franchisees are owner/operators)

Business Experience:

  • General business experience

  • To calculate how much income a franchise owner can do at McAlister's Deli Franchise, may vary on factors like location, size etc., On the other side as a business owner your goals to maintain the quality of service while streaming sales high and expenses low. As any other franchise may include rent/mortgage, staffing/family, inventory supplies, utilities, administrative costs vise vera. Location to location and seasons the months costs may vary. Most franchises start up costs are typically fixed and they will cover most of the initial operating costs like signage, furniture, decoration and renovations.

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    McAlister's Deli

    McAlister's Deli
    5620 Glenridge Dr.
    Atlanta, GA


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