Franchise Facts

Sonic Drive-In offers two types of investment opportunities. Traditional Sonic Restaurant and Non-Traditional Sonic Restaurant. Sonic Drive-In has a franchise fee that ranges from $22,500 to $45,000 with a total initial investment range of $443,500 to $1,765,000. Sonic Drive-In offers a protected territory and a 20-year agreement term for Traditional and 15-year agreement for Non-Traditional Sonic Restaurants. Sonic Drive-In discloses average gross sales of $1,262,000 for 3062 franchised locations.

How much does a Sonic Drive-In franchise cost?

Sonic Drive-In has a franchise fee of up to $45,000, with a total initial investment range of $443,500 to $1,765,000.

  • Initial Franchise Fee: $22,500 to $45,000
  • Total Investment: $443,500 to $1,765,000
  • Working Capital: $5,000 to $10,000
  • Royalty Fee: 5%

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How much does a Sonic Drive-In franchise make?

Franchise profits depend on a number of variables, including local demand for your product, labor costs, commercial lease rates and several other factors. Typically, franchise profits are proportionate to the size of investment. We can help you figure out how much money you can make by reviewing your personal situation. Please unlock this franchise for more information.

How many franchise locations do they have?

As of the 2016 Franchise Disclosure Document, there are 3427 franchised Sonic Drive-In locations in the USA.

Are there any Sonic Drive-In franchise opportunities near me?

Based on 2016 FDD data, Sonic Drive-In has franchise locations in 45 states. The largest region is the South with 2429 franchise locations.

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Last Reviewed: 2016

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Sonic Drive-In Franchise Stats

Total Investment

$443,500 - $1,765,000
Franchise Fee

$22,500 - $45,000
Franchise Agreement
Initial Term
20 Years
Renewal Term
10 Years
Franchisee Outlet Growth
2010
3117
2015
3139
Ongoing Fees
Royalty
5.0%
Ad Fees
0.9%
# of Franchised Outlets

3147

Additional Questions

Do they provide any initial training and opening assistance?

Yes, they have an initial training program of 454 hours. This includes 54 hours of classroom training and 400 hours of on-the-job training. In their FDD they outline who’s in charge of the training. Unlock to find out more.

Online 0
On-the-Job 400
Classroom 54
Total 454

Do they offer Territory Rights?

Sonic Drive-In does NOT offer exclusive territories.

Do they have computer and technology support in place?

Yes. Sonic Drive-In offers comprehensive support for franchisees. Unlock this franchise to find out more details.

When did they begin franchising?

They began franchising in 1974. The average Other Quick Service Restaurants franchise began franchising in 2012.

Do they offer financing support?

Yes, you can also click here to fill out our affordability calculator and understand your financing options.
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