SONIC vDrive-In

Frequently Asked Questions

Does SONIC® franchise by location or by area?

We will do both single store and multi-unit opportunites depending on the market.

Am I required to reside in or near the area I am interested in developing?

Yes, either you or the operating partner must reside in the market in which you are operating.

What if I don't have restaurant or retail experience?

We require you to identify an operating partner; preferably with an equity position.

Will SONIC® assist me in finding a location?

Our development department provides real estate professionals to help evaluate a site of your choosing and review the demographic and population mix to determine site viability. We also offer referrals with architects, engineers and general contractors to help you develop your location.

How much real estate do I need for a drive-in?

2/3 to 1 acre of land is needed depending on the number of stalls and setbacks.

What is a non-traditional SONIC franchise?

This is a SONIC restaurant co-branded with a travel plaza, convenience store, or a SONIC® in a mall, food court, hospital food court, campus dining facility, airport, grocery store, arena or military facility. These generally do not have drive-in or Carhop services.

Does SONIC® offer financing?

SONIC® does not offer direct or indirect financing and will not guarantee your note, lease or other obligation. SONIC® maintains a preferred provider list of lendors. We are listed on the Franchise Registry list as an approved SBA-Franchise.

How much money will I make?

The net profit for each store may vary depending upon size and location, and your business ability and efforts. Additionally, Financial Performance Representations can be found at Item 19 of our Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD). This document will be provided to you once you register on our website and speak to one of our Franchise team members.

What kind of franchise support can I expect from SONIC®?

I have a piece of property I’d like to submit to SONIC®. How do I submit it?

Send your information to for review.

What do I need to do to begin the process of becoming a SONIC franchisee?

Complete and submit the online International or US Request form. If you have an immediate need please call 1(800) 569-6656 or email us at to speak to a member of our SONIC Franchise Team.

Luke Marchigiano

Sonic is a great and established brand that is penetrating some of the nation’s best markets. The potential for growth is so exciting and my family feels so lucky to be a part of it.

- Luke Marchigiano, Franchisee of SONIC Drive-ins, NJ


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