Grand Forks Herald:
McAlisterâ€™s Deli, a casual restaurant chain based in Ridgeland, Miss., plans to add a location in Grand Forks in 2010.
â€œThe Upper Midwest, from Minnesota to Grand Forks to Bismarck and South Dakota, will be a very strong growth area for McAlisterâ€™s,â€ said Bill McClintock, senior vice president of development, in a phone interview. â€œWeâ€™re excited to be coming there.â€
McClintock said he did some franchising with Buffalo Wild Wings when it converted the former Ponderosa restaurant in Grand Forks in 2002. He said plans are to move into a vacated area, preferably 3,000 to 3,500 square feet with seating for 100, near Columbia Mall. McAlisterâ€™s hopes to reduce build out costs by 10 percent.