Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder
There are many people who claim to have the formula for success, but Chris Newcomb has the recipes. Chris, along with Don Newcomb and Debra Bryson, has a special talent for developing innovative restaurant concepts that not only meet consumer’s current needs, but anticipate their future needs as well. As the founders of McAlister’s Deli, they pioneered the fast-casual restaurant concept, defining and energizing the fastest-growing segment in the restaurant industry.
After providing a solid foundation and establishing strong upward growth for McAlister’s Deli, Chris and his team sold the successful chain to focus on creating the future of fast-casual dining. The Newk’s Eatery concept has been developed and refined to meet the needs of consumers and franchise operators alike. For consumers, Newk’s Eatery units provide a tantalizing variety of made-to-order menu choices, available for comfortable in-café dining or for convenient pick-up. For franchise owners, it’s a streamlined, low labor operation that’s designed for efficiency, site adaptability and multiple revenue opportunities. Under Chris’s direction and leadership, Newk’s has opened over 105 locations.
In his personal time, Chris enjoys Ole Miss football and spending time with his wife, Lori. They have three children and live in Jackson, Mississippi.
His favorite menu item is the Newk’s “Q” sandwich with Cole Slaw.