Southern Maryland could be getting its first Sonic Drive-In

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Southern Maryland could be getting its first Sonic Drive-In

Lexingtom Park, MD - 10/29/2013

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By Dick Myers

Southern Maryland could soon be getting its first Sonic restaurant. The St. Mary’s County Technical Evaluation Committee (TEC) of the Department of Land Use and Growth Management (LUGM) has on its November 14 agenda a review of a proposed Sonic at the Lexington Village shopping center. That center on Route 235 in Lexington Park contains a Kohl’s Department Store and Dick’s Sporting Goods.

Sonic is prevalent in the south but the closest one to Southern Maryland is on Route 2 in Edgewater just south of Annapolis. It is well known for its TV commercials featuring two guys in a car eating at the restaurant. According to Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia, “Sonic Drive-In is an American drive-infast-food restaurantchain based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. As of August 31, 2011, there were 3,561 restaurants in 43 U.S. states, serving approximately 3 million customers per day. In 2011, it was ranked 10th in QSR Magazine’s rankings of the top 50 quick-service and fast-casual restaurant brands in the nation. Known for its use of carhops on roller skates, the company annually hosts a competition to determine the top skating carhop in its system. It also hosts, with Dr. Pepper, an internal competition between drive-in employees. The company's slogan is ‘America’s Drive-In.’

“Although Sonic has operated since the early 1950s, Sonic Corp. was incorporated in the State of Delaware in 1990. It has its corporate headquarters in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; the headquarters building features a dine-in Sonic restaurant on the premises. Its stock trades on NASDAQ with the symbol SONC. Company restaurants are owned and operated by Sonic Restaurants, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary. Total 2011 revenues were approximately $546 million with net income of $19 million.”

A request for a comment from the Sonic corporate headquarters brought the following e-mail reply: SONIC and it’s franchisee would love the opportunity to serve the Lexington Park community and feel like it would be a great place for our brand to grow. We look forward to more conversations about bringing the iconic drive-in to Lexington Park, Maryland.”

Two calls to the Chevy Chase headquarters of Federal Capital Partners, the developers of the Lexington Village shopping center, were not returned for comment. The TEC agenda item is for a revised concept plan for the shopping center to include the Sonic restaurant. But the agenda item also includes a discussion of “other retail” at the shopping center.

The TEC process involves comments from various agencies about a project and precedes either planning commission review, or in some cases administrative approval of a project. The TEC meeting is at 1:30 p.m. on November 14 at the LUGM office in Leonardtown.

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