ALPHARETTA, Ga., July 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- McAlister's® Deli, a leading fast casual chain, will celebrate its 7th annual Free Tea Day on Thursday, July 23. Guests who visit any of the participating McAlister's locations will receive a free 32-ounce glass of McAlister's Famous Tea.* Beginning today, fans can join the countdown to Free Tea Day by taking part in McAlister's National Champion-Sip for the chance to win 25 years of free tea.**
"Every year, guests' excitement grows as Free Tea Day becomes more widespread with the continued growth of the brand. Last year, we gave away almost 322,000 glasses of our tea and we expect to far exceed that number this year," said McAlister's Vice President of Global Marketing Donna Josephson. "Free Tea Day has become our way of showing guests how much we appreciate them. We hope to see everyone in our restaurants on July 23 to help us make this the biggest and best Free Tea Day yet."
From July 1-23, fans can share their photos and videos showing how they sip McAlister's tea using hashtag #FreeTeaDay2015 on Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr or by tweeting a Vine. Guests also can upload their submissions by visiting www.mcalistersdeli.com/Champion-Sip or via the Champion-Sip app on www.facebook.com/TeaFreaks. Each day, 25 entrants will be selected randomly to win a $25 McAlister's gift card. One grand prize winner will receive 25 years of free tea. **
"We're inviting everyone — from our most loyal Tea Freaks to those trying McAlister's for the first time — to grab a glass of tea and join the National Champion-Sip. It's the perfect way to practice your sips leading up to Free Tea Day," said Josephson. "We can't wait to see the strategies and flawless sipping skills guests share with us!"
Technomic® has recognized McAlister's twice in its Consumers' Choice Awards for Chain Restaurants — in 2015 as top fast casual chain for pleasant, friendly service and in 2014 as the top kid-friendly fast casual chain. Franchise Business Review named McAlister's one of its "Best Franchise Opportunities for 2015" in its Franchisee Satisfaction Awards, as well as a "Top Franchise" in 2014 based on franchisee satisfaction. In 2015, Nation's Restaurant News named McAlister's the No.12 limited-service chain in its Consumer Picks Survey. FastCasual.com also recognized the brand on its "Top 100 Movers and Shakers" list of 2015. 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.
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 337 restaurants in 24 states. The company is headquartered in Alpharetta, Ga. For more information, visit www.mcalistersdeli.com.
About FOCUS Brands Inc.
Atlanta-based FOCUS Brands Inc. is the franchisor and operator of over 4,000 ice cream shoppes, bakeries, restaurants and cafes in the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and 60 foreign countries under the brand names Carvel®, Cinnabon®, Schlotzsky's®, Moe's Southwest Grill®, Auntie Anne's® and McAlister's Deli®, as well as Seattle's Best Coffee® on certain military bases and in certain international markets. Please visit www.focusbrands.com to learn more.
* ONE PER GUEST. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.
** One (1) Grand Prize Winner will receive a McAlister's gift card valued at two thousand five hundred eighty seven dollars ($2,587.00 US) (the amount estimated to enable the Winner to purchase one (1) McAlister's Sweet Tea per week for twenty five (25) years).
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and D.C., age 16 or older. Void wherever prohibited by law, or where the registration or filing requirements of any state or local jurisdiction have not been complied with. Internet access required. Odds of winning will vary. Check www.mcalistersdeli.com for Official Rules. Sweepstakes starts at 9:00 AM ET on July 1, 2015 and ends at 11:59 PM ET on July 23, 2015. Sponsor: McAlister's Corporation, 4501 North Point Parkway, Suite 100, Alpharetta, GA 30022.
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