McAlister's Deli announced a same-store sales increase of 8.3 percent during the fourth quarter of 2012. Company-owned restaurants were up 9.2 percent and franchise restaurants were up 8.2 percent. Company sales performance was driven by a 7.6 percent increase in entree sales, indicating overall traffic gains for McAlister's restaurants system-wide.
For the full year, total system sales were $419 million. System comparable sales increased 8 percent, with company restaurants up 8.4 percent and franchise restaurants up 7.9 percent. In addition to reporting comparable sales growth, McAlister's announced the opening of six new restaurants in the fourth quarter for a total of 12 new locations in 2012.
"McAlister's experienced a very strong 2012," said McAlister's Deli President and CEO Frank Paci . "It is rewarding to see that our guests appreciate the great food and genuine hospitality provided each and every day by our dedicated franchisees and operators."
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 an inaugural winner of the Chain Restaurant Consumers' Choice Awards in the fast casual category for its food and beverages.
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 310 restaurants in 23 states. The company has corporate offices in both Ridgeland, Miss., and Alpharetta, Ga.
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