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McAlister’s Deli franchise financing options

Compare costs, fees and where to get financing for a McAlister's Deli.

Overall costs for McAlister's Deli run anywhere from $398,000 to $2,094,200. See how the costs break down and what funding options might be right for your new venture into the franchise foray.

Estimated initial costs

Our cost estimates are accurate as of 2021 from Franchise Direct and include opening fees and expenses only. The location you choose for your McAlister's Deli franchise may result in higher or lower fees.

Franchise fees

McAlister's Deli franchise fees total around $25,000, which beats out the $37,000 average for the 200 largest franchises nationwide.
Franchise Cost
Initial franchise fee $15,000 to $35,000
Estimated total $15,000 to $35,000

Equipment fees

Equipment fees total $278,425 for McAlister's Deli. This costs more than the $180,023 average for the top 200 franchises.
Equipment Cost
Equipment package $67,450 to $178,300
Millwork $17,100 to $49,700
Furniture $10,450 to $26,500
Menu board, graphics and interior signage $15,000 to $27,100
Exterior signage $15,000 to $126,000
Smallwares $10,250 to $13,000
TV and music $500 to $500
Estimated total $135,750 to $421,100

Real estate fees

Real estate will set you back $796,600 for McAlister's Deli, which is more expensive than the average of $788,376 for the top 200 franchises.
Real estate Cost
Construction and build-out costs $175,000 to $1,355,000
Architect and engineer $10,000 to $37,000
Rent $1,200 to $15,000
Estimated total $186,200 to $1,407,000

Training fees

McAlister's Deli initial training costs total $64,250 — more than the nationwide average of $9,788.
Training Cost
Computer system and software training $26,000 to $62,500
Travel and living expenses during training $10,000 to $30,000
Estimated total $36,000 to $92,500

Inventory costs

Initial inventory for McAlister's Deli shakes out to $12,500. This is less than the nationwide average of $53,119.
Inventory Cost
Opening inventory $7,000 to $18,000
Estimated total $7,000 to $18,000

Marketing costs

Advertisement and marketing costs total up to $16,000 for McAlister's Deli, which is more than the nationwide average of $9,938.
Marketing Cost
Grand opening marketing $5,000 to $27,000
Estimated total $5,000 to $27,000

Licenses and permits costs

McAlister's Deli initial licenses and permits will set you back $4,575. This comes out to less than $18,770 — the overall nationwide average.
Licenses and permits Cost
Permits $1,050 to $8,100
Estimated total $1,050 to $8,100

Insurance costs

Initial insurance costs for McAlister's Deli run $9,250. This means you'll be paying more than the overall nationwide average of $6,311.
Insurance Cost
Insurance $3,500 to $15,000
Estimated total $3,500 to $15,000

Administrative fees

McAlister's Deli administrative fees total up to $6,500 — which comes in under the overall nationwide average of $6,761.
Admin Cost
Legal and accounting fees $3,000 to $10,000
Estimated total $3,000 to $10,000

Other expenses

Miscellaneous expenses for McAlister's Deli total $33,000 — less than the nationwide average of $69,970.
Other Cost
Miscellaneous opening costs and security deposits $500 to $10,500
Three months' additional funds $5,000 to $50,000
Estimated total $5,500 to $60,500
All costs were found using the 200 largest franchises nationwide using Franchise Direct's list of more than 300 franchises, and are accurate as of 2021.

How to finance

Since the estimated total for McAlister's Deli is on the more costly side, we recommend following these steps to get fully financed:
  1. Go to the McAlister's Deli franchising website and review its financial requirements, including cash-on-hand requirements.
  2. Reach out to McAlister's Deli about in-house financing for franchisees.
  3. If in-house financing isn't available, look for online loans, bank loans and SBA loans to help meet the $1,246,100 estimated opening costs.
  4. Compare lenders based on amounts, interest rates and what types of personal and business credit history they accept.
  5. Once you settle on a lender, gather all required documents, including account statements and assets.
  6. Apply for financing online or in person as required by the lender.

What types of financing is available?

You have several options when it comes to financing a McAlister's Deli — even if the cost is on the heavier side. What assets you have available will largely determine how much you need to borrow, and which option suits you best.
  • Online loan. A number of online business lenders offer amounts up to $1 million, with some extending up to $5 million.
  • Bank loan. Your personal credit will typically need to at least be good — 670 or higher — when it comes to getting a bank loan large enough to cover a significant portion of McAlister's Deli opening costs.
  • SBA loan. While your personal credit score doesn't need to be as good to qualify for an SBA loan, they usually cost more than standard term loans from banks or online lenders.
Also check if McAlister's Deli franchise financing is available. You may be able to get some of the costs covered for less than you would with other traditional funding options.

Compare small business lenders

You may not need financing to cover the estimated $398,000. But if you need funds for other business ventures, select the loan amount, your time in business and revenue and your personal credit score to compare a selection of lenders.
Name Product Filter Values Min. Amount Max. Amount Requirements
Biz2Credit business loans
up to $6 million
up to $6 million
6+ months in business; $100,000+ monthly revenue; 500+ credit score
Get only the capital you need through secure, prescreened lenders with this highly rated company offering SBA, expansion, working capital and other loans.
OnDeck short-term loans
$5,000
$250,000
600+ personal credit score, 1 year in business, $100,000+ annual revenue, active business checking account
A leading online business lender offering flexible financing at competitive fixed rates.
Fora Financial business loans
$5,000
$500,000
6+ months in business, $12,000+ monthly revenue, no open bankruptcies
Get qualified for funding in minutes for up to $500,000 without affecting your credit score. Best for companies with at least six figures in annual revenue.
Lendio business loans
$500
$5,000,000
Operate business in US or Canada, have a business bank account, 560+ personal credit score
Submit one simple application to potentially get offers from a network of over 300 legit business lenders.
ROK Financial business loans
$10,000
$5,000,000
Eligibility criteria 3+ months in business, $15,000+ in monthly gross sales or $180,000+ in annual sales
A connection service for all types of businesses — even startups.
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How McAlister's Deli stacks up

Compare how McAlister's Deli holds up against two similarly sized franchises.
Golden Corral McAlister's Deli Big O Tires
Average Franchise fees $50,000 $25,000 $22,500
Average Equipment fees $735,730 $278,425 $220,000
Average Real estate fees $3,675,000 $796,600 $233,500
Average Training fees $126,625 $64,250 $4,400
Average Inventory fees $60,000 $12,500 $90,000
Average Marketing fees $12,500 $16,000 $30,000
Average Licenses and permits fees NA $4,575 NA
Average Insurance fees $45,000 $9,250 $4,250
Average Admin fees $100,000 $6,500 NA
Average Personnel fees NA NA NA
Average Other fees $64,500 $33,000 $120,000

Bottom line

McAlister's Deli franchise costs run a total of $1,246,100. Before you decide to become a franchisee, compare the total costs against industry averages. And to learn more about financing read our guide to franchise financing.

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