Sonic Drive In Franchise

Drive-in hamburger restaurant

Sonic Industries Inc. was founded in 1973. In 1974, Sonic acquired the name 'Sonic Drive-In' from Troy Smith, Sr., and began franchising. Smith used his more than 15 years of experience in the restaurant business to develop and operate the Sonic franchise program. A wholly owned subsidiary of Sonic Corp., the company is based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and has locations throughout the United States. The company's storefronts recently got a facelift to give them a 'retro-futuristic' look.

Your estimated initial investment necessary to begin operation of a
Traditional Sonic Drive-In franchise ranges from approximately
$1,242,200 to $3,537,700 plus land costs and includes the $45,000
franchise fee that must be paid to Sonic.
Your estimated initial
investment necessary to begin operation of a Non-Traditional Sonic
franchise ranges from approximately $361,900 to $978,700 and includes
the $22,500 franchise fee that must be paid to Sonic.

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How much does it cost to open a Sonic Drive In Franchise?

The investment required to open a Sonic Drive In Franchise is between $1,242,000-$3,523,300. There is an initial franchise fee of $45,000 which grants you the license to run a business under the Sonic Drive In name.

Individual Unit Costs

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  • Term of Agreement:
    20 years
  • Renewal Fee:
    10 years for $6K

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When did the first Sonic Drive In open? 1954
When did Sonic Drive In start Franchising? 1959
Expense In-House Third Party
Franchise Fee No Yes
Startup Costs No Yes
Equipment No Yes
Inventory No Yes
Accounts Receivable No Yes
Payroll No Yes

On-The-Job Training: 400 hours
Classroom Training: 24 hours
Additional Training: At existing franchise location

Purchasing Co-ops
Toll-Free Line
Grand Opening
Online Support
Security/Safety Procedures
Field Operations
Franchisee Intranet Platform

Co-op Advertising
Ad Templates
National Media
Regional Advertising
Social media
Email marketing
Loyalty program/app

International franchisees required to buy multiple units/master licenses; 60% of all franchisees own more than one unit

Number of employees needed to run franchised unit: 25

Absentee ownership of franchise is NOT allowed.

Business Experience:

  • Industry experience
  • General business experience
  • If no industry experience, must have an operating equity partner

  • To calculate how much income a franchise owner can do at Sonic Drive In Franchise, may vary on factors like location, size etc., On the other side as a business owner your goals to maintain the quality of service while streaming sales high and expenses low. As any other franchise may include rent/mortgage, staffing/family, inventory supplies, utilities, administrative costs vise vera. Location to location and seasons the months costs may vary. Most franchises start up costs are typically fixed and they will cover most of the initial operating costs like signage, furniture, decoration and renovations.

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