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12/4/14-Restaurant chain to expand into Rochester area in 2015

McAlister’s Deli Corp. has committed to open five franchise locations in Rochester. 

The restaurant chain—which specializes in sandwiches, spuds, soups, salads, desserts and its signature sweet tea—signed agreements with three franchise groups this week to expand into Rochester, as well as into Northwest Indiana and Chicago.

“The signing of these three multi-unit development agreements allows us to expand McAlister’s into undeveloped markets with strong growth potential,” said Jeffrey Sturgis, McAlister’s chief development officer. “The brand has experienced great success throughout Southern Illinois, Indiana and Ohio, and we look forward to further growing our footprint and fan base into the Midwest and Upstate New York.”

Josh and Peter Bruckel will take the helm of the inaugural McAlister’s Deli locally next year. The franchise is expected to expand to five locations in four years, officials said.

“These franchise groups have successfully developed and operated dozens of restaurant concepts and businesses and we’re confident they will thrive with McAlister’s,” Sturgis said.

The Mississippi-based company has more than 330 restaurants in 24 states.

Source: Rochester Business Journal