A franchisee in northern Indiana is planning to open several McAlister's Deli locations over the next five years. Dave's Deli LLC expects to open the first of five restaurants by the end of next year. December 2, 2014

News Release

ALPHARETTA, Ga. – McAlister's Deli, a leading fast casual restaurant chain, announced today it has signed development agreements with three new franchise groups to open 20 locations throughout Rochester, N.Y., Northwest Indiana and Chicago over the next several years.

Franchisees Josh and Peter Bruckel will open the first McAlister's in Rochester, N.Y., in 2015. Over the next four years, the group will open a total of five locations in the market.

Dave's Deli, LLC, will open five McAlister's restaurants in Northwest Indiana over the next five years, with the first location expected to open in the second half of 2015.

Deli Development, Inc. – a successful multi-unit franchisee of several restaurant concepts – is planning 10 locations in the western suburbs of Chicago, including one in Naperville, which is scheduled to open in Fall 2015.

“The signing of these three multi-unit development agreements allows us to expand McAlister's into undeveloped markets with strong growth potential. The brand has experienced great success throughout Southern Illinois, Indiana and Ohio, and we look forward to further growing our footprint and fan base into the Midwest and Upstate New York,” said McAlister's Chief Development Officer Jeff Sturgis. “These franchise groups have successfully developed and operated dozens of restaurant concepts and businesses and we're confident they will thrive with McAlister's.”

Technomic recognized McAlister's twice in its Chain Restaurant Consumers' Choice Awards – in 2014 as the top kid-friendly fast casual chain and in 2013 as the top fast casual chain for food and beverage. This year, Nation's Restaurant News named McAlister's the top limited-service sandwich chain in its Consumer Picks Survey. Also in 2014, QSR Magazine recognized the brand as one of the “Best Franchise Deals” and named McAlister's to its QSR 50 list, ranking 13th for U.S. average sales per unit in 2013. FastCasual.com also recognized the brand on its “Top 100 Movers and Shakers” list of 2014 and Franchise Business Review named McAlister's one of 2014's “Top Franchises” in the Food and Beverage category based on franchisee satisfaction.

To learn more about franchising opportunities with McAlister's, please contact (888) 855-DELI (3354) or franchising@mcalistersdeli.com, or visit www.mcalistersdelifranchise.com. This information is not intended as an offer to sell. We will not offer you a franchise until we have complied with disclosure requirements in your jurisdiction.

About McAlister's

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 330 restaurants in 24 states. The company has corporate offices in both Alpharetta, Ga., and Ridgeland, Miss. For more information, visit www.mcalistersdeli.com.

Source: McAlister's Deli

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