Our humble start.
Our story started in the small southern town of Oxford, Mississippi. A movie production had taken an old service station and retrofitted it into a 1950’s-style diner. After they finished, it sat vacant until a dentist bought the property. He had a vision of turning the abandoned set into a small restaurant. And in 1989—you guessed it—the first McAlister’s opened its doors. Much like today, we offered a unique menu with sandwiches, entrée salads, giant spuds and a heaping spoonful of southern hospitality. We quickly became known for our great food, large portions, wide variety, and a welcoming environment… also one heck of a glass of sweet tea.
To provide a community gathering place where genuine hospitality and real, handcrafted food come together to create craveable connections.
To create a shared human experience that celebrates the stories of life and feeds the spirit of community.
Building your portfolio begins with a comprehensive real estate strategy.
McAlister’s Deli® is focused on building a strong brand based on disciplined and strategic growth. We evaluate operational, media, and distribution efficiencies, as well as existing restaurant, franchise sales, and real estate performance, among other factors, to expand in areas primed for the brand. We have franchise opportunities and locations available now! Help us expand further in states with existing Tea Freaks or bring us to a new neighborhood.
Our strong leadership resources include the unbeatable support of FOCUS Brands and McAlister’s Deli®.
FOCUS Brands is a leading developer of global foodservice franchise systems. They’re the indirect parent company of McAlister’s Deli® and five other iconic foodservice brands.
Together, FOCUS Brands and the McAlister’s Deli® Leadership Teams bring their years of experience and expertise to support every area of your franchise business.