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Fact Sheet


300 Johnny Bench Drive
Oklahoma City, OK 73104


SONIC®, America's Drive-In®, is the nation's largest chain of drive-in restaurants with more than 3,500 drive-ins serving approximately 3 million customers every day. Over the past 60 years, SONIC has delighted guests with signature menu items, more than 1 million drink combinations, friendly service by iconic Carhops and ongoing support of education through its award-winning Limeades for Learning® program. SONIC received top honors as America’s “#1 burger quick service restaurant” in the 2013 Temkin Experience Ratings report. For more information about Sonic Corp. (NASDAQ/NM: SONC) and its subsidiaries, please visit Customers can also connect with SONIC at or on Twitter @sonicdrivein.


Hours vary by location; however, our minimum hours of operation are 6 10 p.m., unless community standards warrant other hours.

During the summer, most drive-ins are open until midnight or later.


Sonic has 3,517 drive-ins located in 44 states (Quarter 1, 2014 fiscal year)


$1,109,000 average unit sales (2013 fiscal year)


SONIC's award-winning menu offers a variety of unique menu items made after you order. Menu items include TOASTER® Sandwiches (made with thick Texas toast), Footlong Quarter Pound Coneys, handmade Onion Rings that are sliced, breaded and cooked fresh daily, Tots and a plethora of drink and dessert choices, such as our signature Cherry Limeades, featuring a sweet touch of cherry to a delicious lime thirst quencher. With the addition of freshly brewed Green Iced Tea and five new flavor mix-ins, SONIC now has more than 1 million drink combinations, making it Your Ultimate Drink Stop!®


Founder Troy Smith Sr. started SONIC, America’s Drive-In as a hamburger and root beer stand in 1953 in Shawnee, Okla., called Top Hat Drive-In. Back then, SONIC revolutionized the ordering process by using curbside speakers that allowed customers to place food orders without ever leaving their cars. This technology spawned the slogan “Service at the Speed of Sound™,” which translated to one word: SONIC. Troy Smith Sr. aptly changed the name from Top Hat to SONIC Drive-In in 1959. The first drive-in to adopt the SONIC name is still serving customers in Stillwater, Okla.


While our Oklahoma City, Okla. corporate office focuses on supporting arts and education within the state of Oklahoma, the SONIC system bands together to support, a nationwide cause branding program that helps teachers and students in need. Through Limeades for Learning®, SONIC and its franchise partners have donated close to $3 million to public school classrooms in local communities across the country. Visit to learn more about SONIC’s commitment to education.


Personal Carhop service is one of many reasons customers enjoy visiting SONIC. Frequently seen spinning by on roller skates, smiling Carhops personally deliver orders right to customers’ cars. What’s more, Carhops check back to ensure a quality experience. Each customer receives a mint with a drink, dessert or meal purchase – a tradition started by company founder Troy Smith Sr. to remind customers they are worth a mint at SONIC.


In one year, SONIC:
- sells enough tots that when placed end-to-end would circle the globe… TWICE
- sells enough Footlong Quarter Pound Coneys to border the 48 contiguous United States
- sells enough Cherry Limeades to fill more than 50 Olympic sized swimming pools
- gives away enough mints to reach the top of the Empire State Building and back to the ground… 5000 times.

Media Contact:

Jason Acock
SONIC, America’s Drive-In
(405) 225-4828

Investor Contact

Claudia San Pedro
SONIC, America’s Drive-In
(405) 225-4846