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27. Sonic Drive-In

Last Year's Rank: 27

Investment Range: Over $1 Million

Category: Restaurant

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Company Description


Sonic is a fast food chain with a diverse menu that includes hot dogs, burgers and a wide variety of desserts. The company has 3,526 locations throughout the United States, almost all of which are franchised.

The company uses the drive-in as a unique business model. At most Sonic Drive-Ins, a customer drives into a covered drive-in stall, orders through an intercom speaker system, and has the food delivered by a carhop, who is often on roller skates.

Though Sonic units are purely domestic, the company’s CEO states that Sonic could add up to 1,000 stores over the next 10 years. Target markets are in the East and West coasts, in Florida and California specifically.

Company Statistics


Global Sales: $4,570,000,000

US Units: 3,571

International Units: 0

Total Units: 3,571

Percent Franchised: 94%

% International Units: 0%

US Franchised Units: 3,341

Sales Growth %: 4.1%

Unit Growth %: 1.3%

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