McAlister's Deli opens in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia

Photo contributed from Michael Hayes / McAlister's Deli recently opened on Battlefield Parkway.
photo Photo contributed from Michael Hayes / McAlister's Deli recently opened on Battlefield Parkway.

McAlister's Deli, a national chain founded in 1989, has opened a new location in Fort Oglethorpe at 2675 Battlefield Parkway. Known for it handcrafted sandwiches, fresh salads, giant stuffed potatoes and its own brand of sweet tea, the deli is open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Owner Michael Hayes spent nearly three decades in the trucking business, often at places that were struggling and he helped turned them around, he said. About two years ago, he and his business partners sold a business in Mobile, Alabama, and he returned the North Georgia area with his wife, Patty.

He's lived in several places around the country, "and there was always a McAlister's close by to where we lived and I liked the food.