McAlister's Deli Awards The Saxton Group and Southwest Deli as Franchisees of the Year

Awards Given at Annual Franchise Conference in Las Vegas

May 09, 2013, 09:00 ET from McAlister's Deli

ALPHARETTA, Ga., May 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- McAlister's Deli™, a leading fast casual restaurant, awarded The Saxton Group and Southwest Deli with the Franchisee of the Year Award at its annual Franchise Conference in Las Vegas last week.


Led by Kelly Saxton, Dallas-based The Saxton Group owns and operates 53 McAlister's restaurants in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri. Southwest Deli, based in Odessa, Texas and led by Larry Lee, currently has 15 locations in New Mexico and Texas. The Franchisee of the Year Award recognizes outstanding accomplishments in sales growth, unit expansion and restaurant evaluation scores.

"The Saxton Group and Southwest Deli both had an exceptional year in 2012 with double-digit comparable sales growth and the development of multiple units," said McAlister's Deli President and CEO Frank Paci. "We are excited to recognize their accomplishments and dedication to the McAlister's Deli brand."

Over the past two years, McAlister's has undertaken initiatives to strengthen its brand, including upgrading menu offerings and improving speed of service. Technomic recently recognized McAlister's as the top chain in the fast casual industry for food and beverage and as one of consumers' Top 5 Favorite Chains in the country.

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About McAlister's Deli

Founded in 1989, McAlister's 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, McAlister's has more than 315 restaurants in 23 states. The company has corporate offices in Ridgeland, Miss., and Alpharetta, Ga. For more information, visit


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