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Invest in a SONICDrive-In Burger Franchise

Invest in the classic drive-in burger franchise that is leading the charge in the QSR industry.
For a limited time only, the SONIC franchise is offering new franchisees as little as 1% royalties for the first 12 months!
Limited time only!
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Why

SONIC?

Welcome to the world of SONIC, where we're rewriting the rules of the QSR industry! With each passing year, we're making waves and transforming the game, thanks to our commitment to boosting franchisee success!

Invest in Your SONIC Restaurant and Enjoy…
  • A Menu Guests Love: Give the people what they want, any time of day or night, with a menu that satisfies all ages.
  • Industry Leading Technology: You can count on the very latest in QSR technology to run your restaurants and stay ahead of the competition.
  • A Recession-Resistant Business Model: Our affordable price points mean a resilient model that is perfect no matter what’s going on in the economy.

When it comes to the best burger franchises, SONIC stands head and shoulders above the rest, no doubt about it.

So, what's our secret recipe for success?

It's actually pretty simple: we put people first. We're always tuned in to the wants and needs of our amazing guests and listen carefully to the valuable feedback from our franchisees. This helps us fine-tune our strategy and make smart adjustments that will drive our growth for many years to come. We’re all about creating a win-win situation for everyone involved.

Why SONIC?
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Our

Franchise Opportunity

Looking for the best burger franchise opportunities? Look no further than SONIC, the fast-food chain that has been a mainstay of American culture for over 65 years. SONIC's enduring success can be attributed to our ability to balance tradition with innovation, ensuring that our concept remains as relevant today as it was when we first opened our doors.

At SONIC, we understand the importance of building on our legacy while still pushing the boundaries of what’s possible.

That’s why we’ve consistently been at the forefront of the fast-food industry, pioneering new menu items and innovative marketing campaigns to keep our guests coming back for more.

Designed for Anywhere

We offer store designs to fit almost any location, with real estate and construction experts ready to assist in development and build-out.
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Traditional Restaurants:

Freestanding, end-cap, or in-line options.
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Non-Traditional Restaurants:

Airports, stadiums, colleges and universities, and more!

Multi-Unit

Opportunities

Are you a seasoned investor searching for exciting and distinctive quick-service restaurant concepts to expand your portfolio?

Becoming a part of the SONIC family gets you access to multi-unit burger franchise opportunities that offer a range of advantages and time-limited incentives. Owning multiple SONIC restaurant franchises can mean…

  • Shared resources 
  • Broader market presence
  • Better bottom line
  • More room for growth
Multi-Unit Opportunities

Our Investment Costs

At SONIC, we are proud to offer a great deal of transparency around our investment costs.

This is because we believe that our franchisees’ potential is our potential, and a solid franchisor-franchisee relationship is built on a foundation of understanding and trust.

For more details, please see the current SONIC FDD issued March 24, 2023, as amended May 24, 2023.

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Initial Franchise Fee:

$30,000of the $45,000
Initial License Fee Credited via Royalty

Royalties

1%-5% (Limited Time Only -
Please Review FDD for Details

Advertising Fee

3.25% (Minimum) (New Franchisees may pay temporary reduced Advertising Fees)

Total Investment Range

$1,714,200 - $3,370,900*
* Does not include Real Estate Expenses
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BEST-IN-CLASS

Training and Support

As a new SONIC franchisee, you can expect to undergo eight weeks of intensive preopening training that will equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to run your restaurant successfully. This comprehensive training covers everything and includes…

  • How to manage day-to-day operations
  • How to leverage important vendor relationships
  • How to make the most of our technology
  • Where and how to hire friendly staff
  • How to market your franchise
  • And so much more…

In addition to this initial training, franchisees also have access to ongoing support from our experienced team, who are always on hand to provide guidance and assistance whenever it’s needed. With this level of training and support, SONIC franchisees are well-prepared to build a thriving business and deliver an exceptional dining experience to their guests.

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STEPS TO

Ownership

Opening a SONIC drive-in franchise has never been more simple!
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Inquire online
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Interview with the franchise development team
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Review FDD
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Submit the franchise application form
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Attend Discovery Day
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Sign your franchise agreement and submit your franchise fee
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Begin site selection
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Complete training
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Grand Opening

Available

Territories

Interested in opening a SONIC restaurant in your home state? Check our interactive territories map!
Interested in opening a SONIC restaurant in your home state? Get in touch today to learn more about our Available Territories!
Available Territories
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Ready to take the next step?
Get in touch with SONIC to take advantage of our franchising opportunity and join our family of franchisees.
YOUR INFORMATION

FAQs

Keen to learn more about the SONIC franchise? Check out our FAQs!
FAQs
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This information is not intended as an offer to sell, or the solicitation of an offer to buy, a franchise. It is for information purposes only. Currently, the following states regulate the offer and sale of franchises: California, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin. If you are a resident of or want to locate a franchise in one of these states, we will not offer you a franchise unless and until we have complied with applicable pre-sale registration and disclosure requirements in your state.

(#)* Average Gross Sales for total of Company Drive-Ins and Franchise Drive-Ins for 2022 as reported in our FDD issued March 24, 2023, as amended May 24, 2023. 1,523 (or 44%) of the Total Company Drive-Ins and Franchise Drive-Ins (3,452) attained or exceeded this average during 2022. Some restaurants have sold or earned this amount. Your individual results may differ. There is no assurance that you’ll sell or earn as much. See our FDD for more information.

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This information is not intended as an offer to sell, or the solicitation of an offer to buy, a franchise. It is for information purposes only. Currently, the following states regulate the offer and sale of franchises: California, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin. If you are a resident of or want to locate a franchise in one of these states, we will not offer you a franchise unless and until we have complied with applicable pre-sale registration and disclosure requirements in your state.

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