McAlister's Deli, a fast casual restaurant, has signed agreements with four franchise groups to develop 21 new restaurants in seven states including Central Florida. Five restaurants will be developed in north Orange County by Abundant Endeavors and WNY Restaurants will open five restaurants in Buffalo, N.Y. LLD Investments will develop four restaurants in Tennessee, Kentucky and Indiana with the first location scheduled to open this fall in Evansville, Ind. Southern Deli Holdings, LLC, a current franchisee with 34 locations, plans to open another seven restaurants throughout North and South Carolina with Clemson, S.C. slated for an August opening.

McAlister's currently has restaurants in Ocala, Gainesville, Destin, Tallahassee and Tampa.

Founded in 1989, McAlister’s is a fast casual restaurant chain known for sandwiches, spuds, soups, salads, desserts and 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. McAlister’s has more than 315 restaurants in 23 states. The company has corporate offices in both Ridgeland, Miss., and Alpharetta, Ga. For more information, visit mcalistersdeli.com.