America’s Drive-In franchise stands out as a top choice for entrepreneurs as it expands coast-to-coast
Entrepreneur magazine recently published its annual Franchise 500 list, and SONIC is pleased to announce that we are ranked as the No. 3 franchise opportunity for 2019.
SONIC is no newcomer to the Franchise 500 Top 10. Last year, SONIC earned the No. 6 slot. After a year packed with significant investments in new technology, revolutionizing customer service and rolling out new restaurant designs to grow to more than 3,600 locations in the U.S., SONIC jumped up three spots — outranking nearly all of the more than 1,000 brands that Entrepreneur considered for the Franchise 500.
Widely regarded as the most prestigious list in the franchise industry, the Franchise 500 helps entrepreneurs determine which brands are worthy investment opportunities. The publication measures brands on five key metrics: costs and fees, size and growth, support, brand strength, and financial support and stability. It is no wonder SONIC ranked so high in 2019!
“We’re incredibly proud to be ranked No. 3 on the Franchise 500 list,” says Claudia San Pedro, President of SONIC. “This validates our forward-thinking initiatives — our franchise support, new technologies, restaurant design, and innovative products are connecting with entrepreneurs who want to succeed in a SONIC franchise and helping our existing franchisees increase profitability and performance. As we continue to grow from coast to coast, we cannot wait to welcome more entrepreneurs to the SONIC family in the year ahead.”
SONIC president named to Nation’s Restaurant News’ Power List
You don’t make it to the #3 spot on the most prestigious list in franchising without having exceptional leadership at the helm — and the rest of the industry agrees. SONIC President Claudia San Pedro is on the Nation’s Restaurant News annual Power List, which “is the definitive list of people setting foodservice trends today and shaping them for tomorrow.”
San Pedro was promoted to president of SONIC in January 2018 and took the lead of the brand in December 2018 after the longtime chief executive officer and visionary leader Clifford J. Hudson stepped down. The publication praises San Pedro’s leadership of SONIC, “overseeing the drive-in brand’s $4.4 billion in systemwide sales and helping transition the company from publicly traded to private ownership under the Inspire Brands umbrella.”
Paul Brown, CEO of Inspire Brands, has high praise for her, as well: “As SONIC begins this exciting new chapter, I’m confident that Claudia will continue the brand’s strong momentum. Claudia’s skill and vision are well respected within our industry, and I look forward to working with her to ensure that SONIC has the capabilities and resources it needs for long-term growth”