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For the first 12 months Sonic Drive-In franchise charges 0% royalties

Own the brand driving QSR forward. For a limited time, we are offering significant incentives for new store development for 2023–2025.*

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60 %

Of sales come from beverages,

snacks, and frozen


1 M+

Mobile App users on our

loyalty app 


$2.29 M

Average gross sales for top 1/3 of traditional franchised restaurants**


Be a Part of Something Spectacular


You know SONIC, but you’ve never seen us quite like this. With an adaptable model, industry-leading technology, and pent-up demand in markets nationwide, SONIC offers multi-unit franchise owners like you a path to limitless possibilities.

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There’s Never Been a Better Time to Invest in SONIC


With our new development incentives, opening your first store in 2023 will get you 0% royalty for the first 12 months for New and Developing Markets and 1% royalty for the first 12 months for Core Markets with additional royalty discounts through the 3rd year. All new openings through 2025 will receive a $30,000 of the $45,000 Initial License Fee credited via royalty.*


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What Makes SONIC So Special


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What it Takes to Own a SONIC


We’re looking for experienced franchisees with the finances and know-how to build out their market. See if you qualify for franchise ownership.


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Hear from the People Who Know SONIC Best

Hayes Potter

“What we are seeing is incremental visits and higher sales. SONIC is a great brand with great people.”

- Seth Wolken, Multi-Unit Franchisee in Chicago

“Our franchisor’s management style is very focused on involvement from franchisees and working together as a team.”

- Rick Timmons, Multi-Unit Franchisee in Utah and Idaho

Max Gelvick

“I love the direction of the brand. It’s investing in automation, it’s investing in the customer experience, it supports its franchisees at a lot of different levels and a lot of different disciplines.”

- Max Gelwix, Multi-Unit Franchisee in California

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2023–2025 Incentives


Franchise Blog & News


Why Multi-Unit Entrepreneurs Invest in SONIC

Nik Bhakta, owner of hundreds of restaurants, opens up about why he continues to open

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Claudia San Pedro

SONIC’s Claudia San Pedro Named LATINA Executive of 2020

In recognition of her exemplary leadership, innovation and the success of SONIC Drive-In, LATINA Style.

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Sonic Finds the Fast Lane During COVID-19

In a year where eating in your car became cool again, the classic brand kept evolving.

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For a limited time, we are offering significant incentives for new store development commitments for 2023–2025. To receive more information, please fill out the form below



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