How Much Does It Cost to Own a Sonic's Franchise?

Sonic — Active member of the quick service restaurant (qsr) industry since 1953

Owning a Sonic quick service restaurant (qsr) franchise can be a business, but it does have some initial financial requirements. To open a single hamburgers/traditional location, the company requires that potential franchisees have liquid assets of at least $1,000,000.

The franchisee startup costs associated with owning a Sonic quick service restaurant (qsr) franchise are similar to those of McDonald'sCarl's Jr.


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About Sonic

Sonic first opened in 1953 as Top Hat Drive-In in Shawnee, Oklahoma, with Troy Smith Sr. at the helm. He later partnered with Charlie Pappe and they began franchising in 1959 under the Sonic Drive-In name. Sonic's car-hops deliver burger, hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, tater tots, onion rings, fries, drinks, desserts and breakfast to customers.

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Franchise Details
Investment Level$1,000,000
Franchise Fee$45,000
CategoryFood
Company Details
Incorporated NameSonic Corp.
Business TypeFranchise
Year Founded1953
Franchising Since1959 (59 years)
IndustryQuick Service Restaurant (QSR)
Industry SubcategoryHamburgers/Traditional

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