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SONIC's Steps to
Franchise Ownership

At SONIC, we take great pride in our simple and streamlined steps to the franchise ownership process. From your initial inquiry to your grand opening, we’ll be with you every step of the way.
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Our Franchise Process to Ownership

Opening a SONIC drive-in burger franchise has never been more simple!

1. Inquire online

You’ll start your SONIC journey by submitting your response to our online contact form.

2. Interview with the franchise development team

Our franchise development team will set up an appointment with you to learn more about you and your qualifications and see if you meet our franchise requirements.

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Two people enjoying a meal from Sonic, a drive-in restaurant franchise, including a hot dog, tater tots, and drinks on a wooden table.

3. Review FDD

We’ll give you the opportunity to review our Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) and ask us any questions you may have about our franchise system.

4. Submit the franchise application form

You’ll be furnished with the franchise application form to fill out and submit.

5. Attend Discovery Day

On this exciting day, you’ll have the opportunity to meet the members of our franchise team and connect with our other franchisees.

6. Sign your franchise agreement and submit your franchise fee

Here, you’ll pay us the initial franchise fee, sign the franchise agreement and officially become a SONIC franchise owner.

7. Begin site selection

We’ll support you as you go through the process of selecting the ideal location for your SONIC franchise.

A sonic drive-in restaurant franchise carhop delivering food to a customer at the drive-thru, with a child looking on from the passenger seat.
Outdoor seating at a Sonic drive-in restaurant franchise with customers enjoying their meals.

8. Complete training

Upon completion of our premium franchise training program, you’ll be fully equipped with the knowledge and tools necessary to run your SONIC franchise.

9. Grand Opening

The exciting day has come for you to officially open up your drive-in franchise to the public!

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Are you ready to embark on your SONIC journey?
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YOUR INFORMATION
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Sonic drive-in restaurant franchise logo.

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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INSPIRE BRANDS IS A TRADEMARK OF INSPIRE BRANDS INC.

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