Industry News | June 18, 2008
SONIC Expands into the Chicago Market
The first Chicago-area SONIC Drive-Ins to break ground are located in Country Club Hills and Aurora and are expected to open in summer 2008. Additionally a drive-in in Algonquin is also scheduled to break ground in summer 2008 with a grand opening scheduled for fall 2008.
"We are thrilled to expand SONIC Drive-In into the Chicago market," says Drew Ritger, senior vice president of development for SONIC Drive-In. "We are looking forward to serving the residents of Chicagoland and delivering the fun Carhop service SONIC Drive-Ins are known for across the country."
Sonic Restaurants Inc. (SRI), the company's restaurant-operating subsidiary, is the principal owner of the new SONIC Drive-In, located at 4023 W. 167th St. in Country Club Hills. The drive-in is expected to open in summer 2008. SRI will also develop a drive-in in Lockport scheduled to open in winter 2008 with additional plans to further develop the South suburbs.
Boom Enterprises, a franchise group, will develop the Western suburbs of Chicago in Kane, Dupage, and Northwest Cook counties. The franchise group recently broke ground on its first location at 2974 Kirk Road in Aurora which is expected to open in summer 2008. Additional locations will follow later in the year and into following years.
Cywinski Enterprises, led by John Cywinski, has plans to develop the North/Northwest Chicago suburbs, including Lake and McHenry Counties. Cywinski's first drive-in will be located at 1090 South Randall Road in Algonquin and is scheduled to open in fall 2008. The franchise group plans to open its second and third drive-ins in summer 2009; however, the locations are still being negotiated. Cywinski Enterprises plans to open 15 drive-ins over the next several years.
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