SONIC Franchise Opportunity
SONIC is very unique in that it is the last of the major brands/chains that continues to embrace and be driven by the entrepreneurial spirit where the Franchisee still has a major voice and influence on the direction of the Brand.
The support from other SONIC franchisees is amazingly cooperative, from ideas to sharing of financial information. And the people are what makes the Sonic Brand simply the best franchised brand out there. The support from all facets of the SONIC organization has been second to none. SONIC lends support where needed, but also allows our entrepreneurial spirit to thrive in our individuality. This is invaluable.
|Cash Investment:||$500,000 - $1,000,000|
|Net Worth:||$1,000,000 - $2,000,000|
|Total Investment:||$1,242,200 - $3,537,700|
|Royalty Fee:||4 - 5%|
United States: CA, DC, FL, GA, IL, IN, IA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MT, NH, NY, NC, OH, PA, VT, VA, WI
SONIC Drive-In is an iconic brand with more than 65 years of rich heritage of innovation. We serve a diverse menu which includes five-dayparts (breakfast, lunch, afternoon, dinner, and evening) that keeps guests coming to SONIC all day long. SONIC offers limitless possibilities for our guests, allowing for customizations and more than one million drink options. With our order-ahead mobile app, we've taken customization one step further by allowing our guests the full customization experience on their smartphones. The SONIC experience can be nearly contactless for guests, from ordering, to payment, to dining.
SONIC is dedicated to menu innovation, serving new items on a regular basis to keep our guests engaged. Our guests can enjoy a variety of items from our menu to satisfy their cravings morning through night, giving you the opportunity to earn sales all day long.
Our New Look
Along with launching a new brand identity and advertising campaign in Spring 2020, SONIC Drive-In recently unveiled the first drive-in of the new restaurant design--Delight. The updated look provides a fun and inviting space for guests to enjoy a moment of carefree bliss in their daily routine. Located in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, the first of the newly designed drive-ins features 18 docks, a drive-thru and a covered outdoor patio, where guests can dine under string lights and enjoy lawn games.
The exterior of the drive-in highlights SONIC's new brand identity with pops of red, blue and a bit of yellow, reminding guests that summertime is a feeling, not just a season. The new design also pays homage to our signature beverages, with a large, brightly lit cherry placed atop the building as a nod to the more than 9 million Cherry Limeades enjoyed at our drive-ins across the country each year.
Our Franchise Model
We offer franchise models beyond our traditional drive-in franchise to meet growing demand in expanding markets.
SONIC is an American success story that continues to flourish with every new chapter. Founded in 1953, SONIC franchises have risen from humble origins to one of the most instantly recognizable brands in the nation, with over 3,500 locations open from coast to coast and millions of fans who make SONIC a part of their daily lives.
The success of SONIC can be attributed to a long legacy of excellent leadership that emphasizes innovation, collaboration, and great food. Beginning with our founder Troy Smith, who opened the very first SONIC location in Shawnee, Oklahoma, to Clifford J. Hudson, who oversaw SONIC's meteoric rise as a national brand, to our current president Claudia San Pedro, who is ensuring that SONIC remains the most forward-looking brand in the booming QSR industry.
SONIC is part of the Inspire Brands family of restaurants which also includes Arby's, Buffalo Wild Wings, Rusty Taco, and Jimmy John's. Backed by the power of Inspire, SONIC is able to leverage the company's combined resources to provide its franchisees with support across all areas of the business, from supply chain and distribution to 3rd party delivery vendors.
About Inspire Brands
Inspire Brands is a multi-brand restaurant company whose current portfolio includes more than 11,000 Arby's, Buffalo Wild Wings, SONIC Drive-In, Rusty Taco, and Jimmy John's locations worldwide. The company was founded in 2018 and is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.
Once you become a SONIC franchise owner, we will support you from the moment you sign your franchise agreement. We provide support in the below areas:
We will assist you at multiple phases of the development process, from real estate site selection to site design. Other types of assistance provided by our development team include:
Operations and Training
We provide a structured and comprehensive training program that includes support from the discovery process to opening a new drive-in franchise and much more. We are constantly working to evolve our training and support to assist our franchisees in multiple aspects of their SONIC life.
In addition to the field training sessions, we also provide SONIC Cornerstone LMS. SONIC Cornerstone LMS is a great example of how SONIC embraces technology to engage today's busy franchisees and SONIC staffers. SONIC provides certified training courses online such as operations, food safety, customer service and management training for our new and existing franchisee community.
SONIC has significant brand presence through our national advertising campaign. This is designed to increase customer awareness of the SONIC brand and our delicious food and drink variety, nationwide. SONIC's branding efforts are immediately recognizable and memorable, working on multiple levels to drive sales and build guest loyalty. Our ad campaigns focus on our food and drink and fits well with social media initiatives.
SONIC is always upgrading its technology to benefit operations and generate revenue for franchises. Our new Mobile App is making the drive-in experience more convenient than ever before, allowing guests to order ahead and earn rewards for their love of SONIC. Your SONIC franchise will also have:
Additional Training and Support
Our Ideal Franchise Owner
SONIC franchisees are entrepreneurial and hungry for growth. They have passion for what they do and the SONIC brand. Here's what else you'll need to qualify as a SONIC Drive-In franchisee:
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