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Decatur gets their SONIC

DECATUR – Today the City of Decatur, Greater Decatur Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Corporation and Sonic will announce the construction of a 2,300 Square Foot new indoor/outdoor prototype on Decatur’s south east side. This is a $1.6 Million project and will employ 20 fulltime workers and 40 part-time workers. 

Sonic remains one of the most requested franchises in the City of Decatur.  The City held a retail feedback tour in the summer of 2014.  The first feedback tour was for the very site Sonic is breaking ground on today.  The City worked with local developer Gary Haines and met with Corporate Sonic at the International Council for Shopping Center’s RE:Con conference in Las Vegas to seal the deal.  

“Decatur is going to love their new SONIC Drive-In – with more than 1.3 million drink combinations, Creamery Shakes this summer and unparalleled variety in hot dogs, burgers and chicken, there’s something for everyone at SONIC,” said Drew Ritger, Senior Vice President of Development for SONIC. “Residents of Decatur have enjoyed the iconic Two Guys Sonic ad campaign for years and will now have their very own drive-in. We look forward to working with Gary on his first SONIC and look forward bringing more drive-ins to the region over time and delivering personalized carhop service for years to come.” 

“It’s nice to see a project like Sonic come full circle.  From the City asking our residents what they want, to working with a successful franchisee like Gary to bring it home.  This truly is a project by Decatur for Decatur.” said Mayor Julie Moore Wolfe, City of Decatur. 

“The Chamber is looking forward to the opening of our first SONIC Drive In restaurant. We know that many communities and sites are considered each year and are extremely pleased a Decatur location was chosen. This $1.6 million project, creating 60 full and part time jobs, is a welcome addition to the east side of town.” said Mirinda Rothrock, President for Greater Decatur Chamber of Commerce. 

“We greatly appreciate Gary Haines’ additional investment in our community.  It is exciting to add this new Sonic restaurant to an impressive list of new developments in 2016.  The newly designated Enterprise Zone continues to help spur development in all sectors of our economy.“ said Ryan McCrady, President for the Economic Development Corporation of Decatur and Macon County. 

SONIC’S history can be traced back to 1953 and a small root beer stand called Top Hat in Shawnee, Oklahoma. In 1959, after successfully operating a handful of Top Hat locations, Troy Smith and partner Charles Pappe christened the existing locations SONIC, a good match for their slogan, “Service at the Speed of Sound.”

Contact Patrick Hoban at 217-424-2778 for more information.


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