McAlister’s Deli Adds Industry Veteran to Executive Team

McAlister’s Deli, a leading fast-casual cafe concept, announced it has appointed Peter Wright as vice president of franchise development.  Wright is a 14-year restaurant industry veteran, serving in various development and real estate roles at The Counter, Panera and Starbucks, among others.

In his new role, Wright will report to CEO Frank Paci and be responsible for identifying and recruiting new multi-unit franchisees and supporting existing franchisees.  He will focus on franchise growth in undeveloped markets in the states where McAlister’s currently operates, as well as spearhead growth in new territories across the country.

“Peter has a wealth of experience in franchise recruitment and development,” said Frank Paci, chief executive officer of McAlister’s Deli. “Adding a talent like Peter to our team will help us continue to grow our franchise community and expand into new markets.”

McAlister’s Deli owns and franchises 307 restaurants in 22 states offering consumers a unique menu filled with a wide variety of sandwiches, giant spuds, entrée salads, soups, sweets and its signature Famous Sweet Tea.

McAlister’s Deli is now seeking new franchisees in select markets to fuel its domestic expansion.  Franchisee candidates should have multi-unit restaurant experience and a minimum liquidity of $750,000 and minimum net worth of $1.5 million. To learn more about franchising opportunities with McAlister’s Deli, please visit

Founded in 1989, Ridgeland, Mississippi-based McAlister’s Deli is a quick-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 casual catering, with a selection of deli and sandwich trays, vegetable, cheese and fruit trays, breakfast trays, box lunches and desserts, McAlister’s Deli currently has 307 restaurants in 22 states. McAlister’s Deli has earned numerous accolades including most recently Nation’s Restaurant News ranking the chain fourth in its inaugural Consumer Picks study, the highest of any bakery & café restaurant.  For more information, visit