SONIC Achieves Expansion Milestone with Drive-In in Alaska
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SONIC Achieves Expansion Milestone with Drive-In in Alaska

Wasilla selected as first community in the state

OKLAHOMA CITY - (BUSINESS WIRE) - January 15, 2019 - SONIC Drive-In, a popular quick-service restaurant concept with more than 3,600 drive-ins in the United States, plans to open its first drive-in in the state of Alaska later this year. Owned and operated by local businessmen Larry Clark and Cameron Johnson, the new SONIC Drive-In will start serving Alaskans in Wasilla, Alaska near 2100 E. Parks Highway.

“Alaska has long been on our development wish list, and we’re pleased to have found a strong franchisee group to build the brand in the state,” said Johnny Jones, vice president of development and construction at SONIC. “We’re confident the brand will do well in Alaska, bringing a unique menu and dining experience to this new community under the leadership of two locals.”

The new SONIC Drive-In is being developed by Larry Clark, long-time Wasilla resident, and business owner, Cameron Johnson, Wasilla native and local developer. With a convenient double drive-thru, an indoor dining room, and drive-in stalls, guests will be able to stop by for a quick bite to eat or enjoy a leisurely meal from the comfort of their car.

“I once joked with my wife that I would buy her a SONIC Drive-In after she asked for a Cherry Limeade and later this year, this will flourish into reality,” said Clark. “I grew up in the south where SONIC is a way of life. Alaska has been my home for 13 years now, and I can’t wait to introduce my community to this brand I know and love.”

SONIC, which specializes in made-to-order fast food, is known for its specialty menu items and iconic Carhop service. A variety of 1.3 million unique drink combinations make SONIC your Ultimate Drink Stop®. Wasilla residents are invited to share a new flavor experience with SONIC including favorite menu items such as innovative burger creations, Footlong Quarter Pound Coneys (hot dogs with chili and cheese), Tots and a variety of premium desserts, made with Real Ice Cream. SONIC’s ever-growing menu is full of options to satisfy every taste, such as Boneless Wings, made with juicy, all-white meat.i

With the SONIC mobile app, guests are First in Line Every Time when they Order Ahead. When picking up an order, guests can pull into any open drive-in stall and have their order personally delivered by a Carhop without waiting in a drive-thru line or circling the parking lot for a special spot to become available. The SONIC app is free to download, and available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

SONIC works with franchisees like Clark and Johnson to find a building solution to match their needs and the needs of their guests. SONIC offers franchisees flexibility with multiple drive-in formats as it relates to weather, location and traffic, including: the traditional drive-in model with 12 to 18 dining stalls and a drive-thru; conversions, renovating existing restaurant buildings to create unique drive-ins; the counter service model, offering customizable footprints to fit a variety of indoor spaces including travel plazas; and indoor dining formats that allow guests to experience SONIC in multiple ways. Individuals interested in pursuing a SONIC franchise are encouraged to visit for more information on qualifications and brand support.

About SONIC, America’s Drive-In

SONIC, America's Drive-In is the nation's largest drive-in restaurant chain serving approximately 3 million customers every day. Ninety-five percent of SONIC’s more than 3,600 drive-ins are owned by local business men and women. For 65 years, SONIC has delighted guests with signature menu items, 1.3 million drink combinations and friendly service by iconic Carhops. Since the 2009 launch of SONIC's Limeades for Learning philanthropic campaign in partnership with, SONIC has donated $10.4 million to public school teachers nationwide to fund essential learning materials and innovative teaching resources to inspire creativity and learning in their students. To learn more about Sonic Corp., please visit and please visit or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To learn more about SONIC's Limeades for Learning, please visit

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