ALPHARETTA, Ga., Dec. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- McAlister's Deli, a leading fast casual restaurant, announces plans to develop seven restaurants in New Jersey as part of a new multi-unit development agreement.
"Our partnership with A3 Investments marks an exciting time as we bring McAlister's great food and genuine hospitality to the Northeast for the first time," said McAlister's president and CEO Frank Paci. "McAlister's has a loyal fan base and we are experiencing strong same store sales growth which is driving interest in additional development. We see a big opportunity for McAlister's to expand throughout the state."
A3 Investments, a new McAlister's franchisee, will develop seven restaurants in the state over the next five years. The company owns and operates full service restaurants and other businesses in Central and North New Jersey. Initial target locations include Bergen and Passaic counties with the first opening set for 2014.
"McAlister's Deli is a strong brand with great growth potential, making it the perfect addition to our portfolio. We are confident guests in New Jersey will love McAlister's genuine hospitality and great food," said Ash Ram of A3 Investments.
Technomic recognized the brand as the 2012 top chain in the fast casual industry for food and beverage and as one of consumers' Top 5 Favorite Chains in the country. Fast Casual also ranked the brand No. 2 on its Top 100 "Movers and Shakers" list of 2013 and Paci was named one of the "Top 20 People" in the industry to watch.
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 320 restaurants in 24 states. The company has corporate offices in both Ridgeland, Miss., and Alpharetta, Ga. For more information, visit www.mcalistersdeli.com.
SOURCE McAlister's Deli