Sonic Corp. (Sonic) operates and franchises a chain of drive-in restaurants (Sonic Drive-Ins) in the United States. As of August 31, 2008, the Company had 3,475 Sonic Drive-Ins in operation from coast to coast, consisting of 684 Partner Drive-Ins and 2,791 Franchise Drive-Ins. The Company owns a majority interest and the supervisor and manager of the drive-in own a minority interest in each Partner Drive-In. Franchise Drive-Ins are owned and operated by its franchisees. At a typical Sonic Drive-In, a customer drives into one of 24 to 36 covered drive-in spaces, orders through an intercom speaker system, and has the food delivered by a carhop within an average of four minutes. Many Sonic Drive-Ins also include a drive-through lane and patio seating. Sonic Drive-Ins feature Sonic items, such as specialty soft drinks, including cherry limeades and slushes, frozen desserts, made-to-order sandwiches and hamburgers, cheese coneys, hand-battered onion rings, tater tots, salads, and wraps.
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