Sonic Franchise Overview
Garrity Traina provides aspiring entrepreneurs with the opportunity to operate a Sonic restaurant franchise. As a subsidiary of Inspire Brands, Inc., Sonic Franchising LLC licenses the operation of Sonic restaurants, which feature drive-in restaurant food and drinks. The franchisor offers three types of franchise locations: traditional drive-in, non-drive-in, and non-traditional locations.
Traditional Drive-In Locations
A traditional Sonic Drive-In is a 1-story building with canopies providing in-car service for approximately 8 to 24 cars. These locations usually have drive-thru service, patio seating, and may also offer enclosed patio or indoor seating.
Non-drive-in locations are permanent or temporary Sonic restaurant facilities that do not have free-standing buildings with canopies. These locations should still provide ordering capability accessible to the general public by automobile.
Non-traditional locations include any permanent or temporary food service facility that operates under the Sonic system, but does not feature unrestricted access from public thoroughfares. These locations may not offer unlimited access to the general public by automobile.
Before opening a Sonic restaurant, the franchise principal and one manager must complete a two-phase career development program to the franchisor’s satisfaction. The training program consists of on-the-job training at a technical training Sonic restaurant selected by the franchisor. Additionally, all Sonic Drive-In employees must complete the Sonic Safe Training Program during their initial training stage.
Moreover, at least one full-time manager must complete the general manager leadership class training within six months of assuming the management position. The general manager leadership class comprises 24 hours of classroom training in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, or virtually.
Territory and Protected Area
Franchisees are granted a protected area within which the franchisor will not operate or license any other Sonic restaurant. The size of the protected area is determined by the population of the Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) and is typically a radius extending 1.5 to 3 miles. The franchisor will reduce the protected area based on the latest published federal census data if necessary.
However, if operating at a non-traditional location, franchisees will not receive any protected area or territorial rights and protection.
Obligations and Menu Requirements
Franchisees must personally devote their best efforts to and participate in the operation of the restaurant. The restaurant must always have at least one individual who has completed the franchisor’s current training program working full-time.
Franchisees are also required to serve all menu items specified by the franchisor, offer only authorized and approved menu items, and follow the guidelines outlined in the operations manual.
Franchise Term and Renewal
The initial franchise term for a Sonic franchise is 20 years, or the lesser of 10 years or the term of the facility contract for non-traditional locations. Franchisees have the option to renew for an additional 10-year term if they meet the franchise requirements.
Garrity Traina does not provide direct or indirect financing options for franchisees. Additionally, the franchisor does not guarantee any franchisee’s note, lease, or obligation.
Starting a Sonic franchise can be a rewarding business venture for those seeking to enter the restaurant industry. With comprehensive training programs, territorial protection, and ongoing support, Garrity Traina offers a valuable opportunity for aspiring entrepreneurs.
For more information about opening a Sonic franchise, visit Garrity Traina.