McAlister’s Deli®, a fast-casual restaurant chain known for its genuine hospitality, sandwiches, spuds, soups and McAlister’s Famous Sweet Tea™, recently announced the signing of a new development deal with Best Choice Restaurants, an affiliate of Sun Holdings, Inc., a franchise organization founded by mega multi-unit operator Guillermo Perales. As part of the deal, Perales acquired 51 existing McAlister’s locations in Texas, Florida, New Mexico and Louisiana, and will develop 47 restaurants over the next seven years. The agreement marks Perales’ entry into the fast-casual restaurant space.
“This particular development deal marks a very significant milestone for our brand, as it is one of the largest number of franchises that we have sold in a single transaction in our company history. This transaction accelerates our nationwide growth plans. Perales is the owner and operator of several iconic brands, and his investment in McAlister’s Deli showcases the strength of our business model and franchise opportunity,” said Joe Guith, president of McAlister’s Deli. “We are thrilled to welcome Guillermo and his team to the McAlister’s Deli family and know that his business acumen and knowledge of the foodservice industry will be invaluable to our brand.”
McAlister’s currently has more than 450 restaurants in 27 states and is part of the Focus Brands family, including Auntie Anne’s®, Carvel®, Cinnabon®, Jamba®, Moe’s Southwest Grill® and Schlotzsky’s® Austin Eatery.
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