McAlister’s Deli was founded in 1989 in Oxford, Mississippi, by retired dentist Dr. Don Newcomb. The original restaurant was a renovated gas station. Most locations today still copy the old fashioned “gas station” look today, including black and white floor tiles, and “garage” style doors.
Today, McAlister’s Deli operates a chain of 350 mostly franchised locations in 26 states. The company offers catering services, as well as a large selection of sandwiches, salads, oversized baked potatoes, and boxed “to go” lunches. McAlister’s operates as a subsidiary of Focus Brands.
The company has received several awards, including Best Franchise Deal in 2014 by QSR, being listed in FastCasual’s list of Top 100 Movers and Shakers in 2013, as well as being named Top Casual Fast Food award in both 2013 and 2014.