McAlister’s Deli was founded in 1989 in Oxford, Mississippi by Dr. Don Newcomb, a retired dentist.
The original restaurant was opened in a renovated gas station and some of those original design elements are still incorporated into the design of the restaurants, such as garage door and black and white tile.
Most McAlister’s Delis are owned and operated as independent franchises. Locations vary from single-location family-owned operations to larger multi-unit groups such as JME, Inc., Southern Deli, and The Saxton Group.
The 100-item menu includes deli sandwiches, soups, salads, desserts, and catering items such as boxed lunches and sandwich trays.
McAlister’s Deli has 450 locations in 20 states.