SONIC® Drive-In Celebrates Opening of First Rhode Island Location

America’s Drive-In Enters 45th State with Smithfield Area Location

SMITHFIELD, R.I.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– SONIC, America’s Drive-In®, is celebrating the opening of its first Rhode Island drive-in location on Monday, October 26, 2015. Whether it’s to delight in experiencing SONIC for the first time, or to merely enjoy the delicious Real Ice Cream Shakes and Premium Beef Hot Dogs, the Rhode Island community is invited to celebrate and dive into a new flavor experience with SONIC.

The new Smithfield SONIC is conveniently located at 393 Putnam Pike by Route 44. The drive-in will be open from 7 a.m. until midnight seven days a week.

“We are thrilled to be the first franchisees to bring the SONIC experience to Rhode Island,” said Bob Bowen, franchisee of the new drive-in. “The drive-in will feature an indoor dining room to accommodate up to 70 guests, a double drive-thru and a drive-in area with 12 parking stalls for cars to pull in, offering our fans many ways to enjoy SONIC.”

The location already has eager customers arriving hoping to get their first taste of SONIC’s signature menu offerings. Once open, SONIC guests have the privilege of enjoying their breakfast, lunch and dinner favorites all day. SONIC’s customizable options and various made-to-order combinations make it the perfect place to satisfy all cravings.

Rhode Island is the 45th state for the expanding brand, with the Smithfield location being the first to open in the state. Plans to bring two additional drive-ins to Rhode Island are in motion as well, with both drive-ins expected to open in the next few years. The swiftly growing brand plans to open an additional 50 to 60 new franchise locations across the nation within the next year.

“Our expansion into our 45th state proves that SONIC has grown far beyond the regional player it once was; this opening is not only a milestone but also a stepping stone toward our goal of having a SONIC Drive-In convenient to all guests in the U.S.,” said Drew Ritger, senior vice president of development at SONIC. “SONIC is expanding rapidly through franchise partnerships like this one in Rhode Island, and we are constantly looking for new entrepreneurs interested in becoming a part of a different kind of restaurant concept.”

There are still many opportunities for SONIC to expand through strategic franchise partnerships like this one in New England including Rhode Island, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. SONIC offers franchisees flexibility with multiple drive-in formats, including the indoor dining offering especially suited to colder climates. Individuals interested in pursuing a SONIC franchise are encouraged to visit sonicfranchises.com for more information on qualifications and brand support.

About SONIC, America’s Drive-In

SONIC, America’s Drive-In, is the nation’s largest drive-in restaurant chain serving more than 3 million customers every day. Nearly 90 percent of SONIC’s 3,500 drive-in locations are owned and operated by local businessmen and women. Over the past 60 years, SONIC has delighted guests with signature menu items, more than 1.3 million drink combinations and friendly service by iconic Carhops. To learn more about Sonic Corp. (NASDAQ/NM: SONC), please visit sonicdrivein.com or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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SONIC’s 2015 Troy Smith Hall of Fame Award Goes to Long-Time Louisiana Franchisee

Ted Kergan receives SONIC’s most prestigious award

OKLAHOMA CITY–(BUSINESS WIRE)– SONIC® Drive-In (NASDAQ: SONC), the nation’s largest chain of drive-in restaurants, presented the Troy Smith Hall of Fame Award to franchisee Ted Kergan of Lafayette, La.-based Kergan Brothers Inc. at the 2015 SONIC Convention in Kansas City, Mo., earlier this month. Named after SONIC’s founder, the Troy Smith Hall of Fame Award is SONIC’s most prestigious award, and is given to a franchisee that has worked with SONIC for a noteworthy duration and has made a significant contribution in terms of leadership, growth, positive influence and brand image.

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“Ted is well-respected among his franchisee peers in SONIC and he is a source of great leadership and inspiration to his fellow franchisees, colleagues and partners,” said Clifford Hudson, CEO of Sonic Corp. “Ted’s character and integrity define him, and his generous spirit, development of others and successfully confronting adversity captures the spirit of a Troy Smith Hall of Fame Award recipient. He has helped develop the brand over the years and helped make it what it is today.”

Kergan Brothers, Inc. owns and operates 54 SONIC Drive-Ins in the Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Acadiana and New Orleans markets in Louisiana. Kergan works with his team to continually push toward the goal of providing his guests with an amazing SONIC experience.

“To be recognized for this prestigious award is very humbling and emotional for me because I am now placed in the same category with fellow franchisees who have taught me a lot about the business,” said Ted Kergan, chief executive officer of Kergan Brothers, Inc. “Troy Smith was among my SONIC mentors and I am delighted to receive the award named for a man I both respected and admired.”

Kergan gives back to the SONIC brand by serving in numerous capacities including membership on the executive committee of SONIC’s franchisee advisory council. Kergan and his team give back to the communities by working with more than 250 schools across the state of Louisiana and volunteering with non-profit organizations including the Boys & Girls Club and American Cancer Society.

About SONIC, America’s Drive-In

SONIC, America’s Drive-In, is the nation’s largest drive-in restaurant chain serving more than 3 million customers every day. Nearly 90 percent of SONIC’s 3,500 drive-in locations are owned and operated by local business men and women. Over the past 60 years, SONIC has delighted guests with signature menu items, more than 1.3 million drink combinations and friendly service by iconic Carhops. To learn more about Sonic Corp. (NASDAQ/NM: SONC), please visit sonicdrivein.com or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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