SONIC Drive-In Aims to Open 10 New Locations in Greater Indianapolis over Next Five Years Nation’s largest chain of drive-in restaurants targeting Carmel, Fishers, Zionsville, Westfield and other communities for franchise development
INDIANAPOLIS –– SONIC® Drive-In (NASDAQ: SONC), the nation’s largest chain of drive-in restaurants, announced today it aims to open 10 new locations in the Indianapolis market over the next five years. The company seeks qualified entrepreneurs interested in multi-unit development opportunities throughout Greater Indianapolis, including in communities such as Carmel, Fishers, Zionsville, Westfield, Noblesville, Greenfield and Lawrence, among others. SONIC currently has two locations in Avon and Camby, owned and operated by franchisee Todd Fugate, who plans to open four additional locations in Greenwood and the Greater Indianapolis area, with the first opening in Greenwood in late fall 2016.
New SONIC franchisee Drew Keriwala will open his first location in early 2017 in Kokomo, Ind. “SONIC has experienced incredible success operating in suburbs surrounding major metropolitan areas like Indianapolis. With only two SONIC Drive-Ins in the market, we see significant untapped potential to develop more franchised restaurants especially in Boone, Hamilton and Marion counties, with their strong population growth over the last year,” said Drew Ritger, senior vice president of development for SONIC. “Coupled with Indianapolis’ thriving restaurant scene and business-friendly tax environment, now is a perfect time for SONIC to grow in the Greater Indianapolis area.” “From burgers to shakes and 1.3 million drink options, our guests in Indianapolis have the chance to indulge in a variety of menu items and take part in a unique dining experience that puts a new spin on traditional classics,” said Todd Fugate, SONIC franchisee. “SONIC isn’t just a fast food place – the brand has evolved over the years to meet our consumers tastes and demands. The Indianapolis market has embraced our unique dining experience and unparalleled personalized service over the last five years, which is key factor in the decision to expand our presence in the market.” For more than 60 years, SONIC has built a strong brand and business, expanding its presence nationally to serve approximately 3 million customers daily in 45 states. Today, SONIC is the largest chain of drive-in restaurants in America, with more than 90 percent of locations owned by independent franchisees. Though the brand started as a drive-in in warm southern states, franchisees in cooler climates are adapting with a new indoor dining prototype allowing guests to come in out of the cold to enjoy their SONIC meal. SONIC, which specializes in made-to-order fast food, is known for its specialty menu items and personal Carhop service. More than 1.3 million unique drink combinations make SONIC your Ultimate Drink StopÒ. Favorite menu items include TOASTER® Sandwiches (sandwiches served on thick Texas Toast), extra-long cheese Coneys (hot dogs with chili and cheese), Tots and a variety of premium desserts, made with SONIC’s rich and creamy Real Ice Cream. SONIC’s ever-growing menu is full of options to satisfy every taste. Interested entrepreneurs should have multi-unit franchise or business experience. For more information about opening your own SONIC Drive-In, including financial qualifications, please visit www.sonicfranchises.com, or call 1-866-714-0907 to speak with a member of the franchise development team. About SONIC, America’s Drive-In SONIC, America’s Drive-In is the nation’s largest drive-in restaurant chain, serving more than 3 million customers every day. Nearly 90 percent of SONIC’s 3,500 drive-in locations are owned and operated by local business men and women. Over more than 60 years, SONIC has delighted guests with signature menu items, more than 1.3 million drink combinations and friendly service by iconic Carhops. Since the 2009 launch of SONIC’s Limeades for Learning philanthropic campaign in partnership with DonorsChoose.org, SONIC has donated more than $6 million to public school teachers nationwide to fund essential learning materials and innovative teaching resources to inspire creativity and learning in today’s youth. This year, SONIC announced a $15 million commitment over the next five years to making a difference in public school classrooms across the country. To learn more about Sonic Corp. (NASDAQ/NM: SONC), please visit sonicdrivein.com and please visit or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. To learn more about SONIC’s Limeades for Learning initiative, please visit Limeadesforlearning.com.