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Deli plans 4 more Dayton-area locations

The franchise owners of the new McAlister’s Deli that is coming to Miller Lane said they will open as many as four more locations in the Dayton area, starting with a Beavercreek restaurant that may open as early as this June.

Other planned locations include the Dayton Mall area and the Kettering-Centerville corridor, according to Amardeep Sidhu of Indianapolis, whose family owns the Dayton-area McAlister’s franchise restaurants.

Construction may begin by the end of April on the Beavercreek deli, located at 3310 Pentagon Boulevard near the North Fairfield Road-I-675 interchange, and the deli will open before the Miller Lane location that McAlister’s officials confirmed last week, Sidhu said. The Beavercreek restaurant will occupy 4,500 square feet of the existing retail center next to Half Price Books just east of WalMart. It will seat about 182 and will employ about 50 people, Sidhu said.

The McAlister’s franchisee has not yet signed leases on its other three planned locations but is close to deals on two of the three, Sidhu said. The franchise owners have not yet decided what general area the fifth McAlister’s will be, Sidhu said. The fifth store “might be two or three years away,” he said.

McAlister’s, which has more than 320 restaurants in 24 states, has corporate offices in both Alpharetta, Ga. and Ridgeland, Miss. Its menu includes sandwiches, soups, salads, Spuds (loaded baked potatos), desserts and sweet tea. The deli also offers catering.

The restaurant research and data firm Technomic named McAlister’s as the top kid-friendly fast casual chain in its 2014 Chain Restaurant Consumers’ Choice Awards, and the restaurant industry web site ranked the chain no. 2 on its “Top 100 Movers and Shakers” list of 2013.

Sidhu said family member met with McAlister’s officials and were impressed by the quality of the deli chain’s sandwiches, soups and salads. “And it is a very customer-oriented business,” he said.

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