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The Saxton Group Overview

Dallas, TX
1001 to 5000 employees
1982
Company - Private
Casual Restaurants
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
The Saxton Group is the largest and fastest growing franchisee in the McAlister's Deli system. We currently own and operate 80+ units throughout Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, and Nebraska, and plan to open 6-10 additional stores per year for the next ... Read more

Mission: Put People at the heart of everything we do.

Company Updates

  • On Saturday, October 27th, our Tulsa McAlister's Deli restaurants participated in the Tulsa Federal Credit Union Tulsa Run for their third consecutive year. Our restaurants prepared 5,500 boxed lunches and 250 gallons of Sweet Tea that were passed out to runners after the race! #madeofthebest

  • Meet Michelle, the Regional Director for Austin, Texas. Michelle joined The Saxton Group in 2008 as an Assistant Manager for McAlister's Deli of Killeen, Texas. Throughout her time, she was promoted to General Manager and eventually to the position of Regional Director, where she oversees seven McAlister's Deli locations through the Greater Austin area.

    You can read Michelle's career story, as well as several others, on the Career Path page at http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQxRD.

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The Saxton Group – Why Work For Us?


We’re hungry, and we aren’t just talking about sandwiches.

OUR STORY

Since 1982, we have developed & operated over 100 restaurants throughout the mid-west.

OUR HISTORY

The Saxton Group. Founded in 1982 with just two Mazzio’s Pizza restaurants, The Saxton Group put its people at its center and was able to grow those two Mazzio’s locations into 50. In 2004, the Mazzio’s Pizza stores were sold, allowing The Saxton Group to fully focus on one objective: bringing the beloved McAlister’s Deli brand to Texas.

Once The Saxton Group opened its first store in Longview, Texas the path of introducing the McAlister’s brand to Texans didn’t just grow, it took off. Today, The Saxton Group operates 80+ McAlister’s Deli locations across Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, and Nebraska. Over 25 of those locations are in the DFW metroplex, along with The Saxton Group headquarters.

OUR FUTURE

In 2017, the company openened a record number of 10 new locations! These new stores strengthened the McAlister's Deli brand in existing markets and also paved the road into a brand new market: Iowa!

This year, in 2018, The Saxton Group continues it growth momentum with plans to open at least 6 new locations and expand into the Nebraska market. With a large focus on Iowa and Nebraska, The Saxton Group plans to cement the idea of Genuine Hospitality in the cities of Des Moines, Lincoln, and Omaha!

By 2020, The Saxton Group plans to be 100 locations strong in an effort to retain its title as being the largest and fastest growing McAlister's Deli franchisee in the nation!

The Saxton Group Community Involvement

Our mission is to put people at the heart of everything we do. You can’t do that if you aren’t a good neighbor first. Our restaurants bring people together. We support the causes that are important in our communities and we celebrate the everyday heroes that give a town its heart. Here’s how:

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A SWEET WAY TO GIVE BACK

In October 2015, The Saxton Group created McAlister’s first ever cause marketing campaign: Cookies for a Cause.

Cookies for a Cause takes McAlister’s beloved sugar cookie and pairs its cookie sales to a non-profit for an entire month, with 50¢ of each cookie sold, being donated directly to the designated non-profit. McAlister’s sugar cookies are decorated to match each non-profit’s brand through custom blends of sprinkles.

The Saxton Group has partnered with notable organizations including: Susan G. Komen, Special Olympics, Wounded Warrior Project, Autism Speaks and the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Since the program’s inception in 2015, the Cookies for a Cause program has raised over $200,000, while simultaneously bringing awareness to each charity.

 

SERVING THOSE WHO SERVE US

When The Saxton Group opens a McAlister’s Deli in a new town being a good neighbor is accomplished through serving great food to those who serve the community the restaurant is opening in. In 2018, The Saxton Group created its Community Heroes Dinner to celebrate the heroes in the town its restaurants call home.

The evening before a restaurant opens, Nurses, Teachers, Firefighters, Police Officers, First Responders, Veterans and Military Personnel are invited to enjoy a complimentary meal at the new restaurant. For an evening, we get to serve those who serve us.  

 


SUPPORTING OUR LOCAL COMMUNITIES

Since 2010, The Saxton Group has given local schools, sports teams and community groups the opportunity to raise funds for their organization by hosting a fundraiser night at the McAlister’s Deli in their town. Over the past 8 years, The Saxton Group’s restaurants have hosted over 2,500 fundraisers and donated over $500,000 to the organizations who are at the central of the community.

 

COMMITMENT TO OUR NATION’S HEROS

The Saxton Group operates restaurants in many towns near military bases. We have long have long sought to find ways to honor those who serve our country in the armed forces. Our restaurants in these military towns serve free meals - no strings attached - to any service member past or present on Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day each year. Over the years, we have given away well over 14,000 meals. In addition, in 2017 we donated $50,000 to the Wounded Warrior Project to support their mission of rehabilitating those who have sacrificed much in service to our country. 


STANDING UP WHEN DISASTER STRIKES

When weather or natural disasters impact a community where we operate we want to lend a hand however we can. The Saxton Group quickly mobilizes our resources to provide free meals in the restaurant and in the field to first responders and recovery personnel who are helping to rebuild the community. Being a good neighbor means being there when times get difficult. 

 

Your well-being is our priority

At The Saxton Group, we offer a comprehensive and competitive benefits package for you and your family.

Your benefits are an important part of your total compensation. Along with your pay, your benefits represent a major commitment from The Saxton Group to help you stay healthy and achieve your long-term financial goals. These benefits are offered to eligible salaried and hourly employees.

  • Medical Insurance - Two PPO and one HDHP/HSA plan through Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Texas and one PPO plan available through Century Healthcare. 
  • Dental Insurance - This dental plan offers you the freedom to see any dentist you wish! This plan is offered through Mutual of Omaha.
  • Vision Insurance - A comprehensive plan available through EyeMed. 
  • Short & Long-term Disability Insurance - 100% employer paid! Financial protection if you become disabled.
  • Basic Life and AD&D Insurance - The Saxton Group provides all eligible employees with $20k in Basic Life which includes $20k matching AD&D coverage at no cost to the employee.
  • Voluntary Life Insurance - Voluntary Life Insurance allows employees who wish to supplement the Basic Life provided by The Saxton Group.  You may consider purchasing favorable group rates for yourself and/or your dependents through payroll deductions on a post-tax basis.
  • Health & Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts - Flexible Spending Accounts are tax-qualified plans that allow you to set aside money pre-tax to pay for medical and dependent care expenses. 
  • Paid Time Off - We have various personal time off programs depending on your position and tenure with the company.
  • Matching 401(k) Savings Plan - We have a Safe Harbor plan through Betterment. The company matches 100% on the first 3% of deferred compensation, plus a 50% match on deferrals between 3% and 5% (4% total). All funds are fully vested from day one.
  • Voluntary Critical Illness Insurance - This polciy provides a lump-sum cash benefit upon diagnosis of a critical illness like a heart attock, stroke, or cancer. 
  • Voluntary Accident Insurance - This policy supplements your medical coverage and provides a cash benefit for injuries you or an insured family member sustain from an accident. 
  • Pet Insurance - Pets are family too! This plan through Nationwide offers affordable healthcare plans for dogs, cats, birds, and exotic pets. You're free to visit any vet, anywhere. 
  • We Also Offer Identity Theft Protection, Emergency Travel Assistance, Will Preparation, and a Hearing Discount Program. 

An entire overview of our benefits and perks are available at saxtongroup.com

Your future is bright at The Saxton Group!

At The Saxton Group, most of our current Restaurant Managers and company leaders started their career with McAlister's Deli as a Team Member. We love to promote from within, and it is never too late to get started on your Career Path! Regardless of whether you start as a Restaurant Team Member, Shift Manager, or Assistant Manager, your future at The Saxton Group is bright!

View our interactive Career Path at saxtongroup.com!

Over 60% of our Management Team was promoted from within. Will you be one of them?

We put people at the center of everything we do, every single day!


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    You have a crucial role in the company. You’re one of the faces in leadership and a valuable asset to our image as a whole. Never underestimate your worth in this company!

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The Saxton Group Photos

The Saxton Group photo of: Our HR and Field Support team takes time out from serving our people to serve the community at the North Texas Food Bank.
The Saxton Group photo of: We often give back to the community. Marketing Manager Amy Dickey is shown presenting a check to a local high school band at one of our recent McAlister’s Deli grand openings.
The Saxton Group photo of: The Saxton Group team was honored to accept the 2018 McAlister’s Deli Franchisee of the Year award! Here’s the whole group of leaders accepting the award together on stage.
The Saxton Group photo of: We brought people together from 4 states to open our 5th state in Iowa. This is the team celebrating after a job well done.
The Saxton Group photo of: Team member of the month gets a surprise visit from our Vice President of Operations.
The Saxton Group photo of: Gordon in East Plano - one of our favorite team members. He's won over 100 medals with Special Olympics!
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    First contacted me through email to set up phone interview with Recruiting Manager. A few days later had interview with a store manager. Followed by interview with Regional Director. Was offered a job a day or so later.

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The Saxton Group Awards & Accolades

  • Dallas 100 Fastest Growing Private Companies, SMU Cox School of Business, 2017
  • Largest North Texas Private Companies, Dallas Business Journal, 2014
  • Middle Market 50, Dallas Business Journal, 2015
  • Franchisee of the Year, McAlister's Deli, 2013
  • Monitor 200 America's Largest Franchisees, Franchise Times, 2017
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