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Industry Restaurants
Founded June 18, 1953; 68 years ago (1953-06-18) (as Top Hat Drive-In)
Shawnee, Oklahoma, U.S.
Founder Troy Smith
Headquarters Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S.
Number of locations
3,582 (2021)
Area served
United States
Key people
Claudia San Pedro, Brand President
Paige Bass, Senior Vice President and General Counsel
Christina Vaughan, Senior Vice President Sonic Restaurants, Inc.
Eddie Saroch, Senior Vice President Franchise Relations
Lori Abou Habib, Chief Marketing Officer
Products Fast food
Revenue Decrease$423.59 million US$(2018)
Operating income
IncreaseUS$127.452 million (2016)
IncreaseUS$64.067 million (2016)
Number of employees
420 corporate employees, approximately 9,200 restaurant employees
Parent Independent (1953–2018)
Inspire Brands (2018–present)

Sonic Corp. is an American fast food restaurant.

The restaurant was created by company founder Troy Smith in 1953. The headquarters for Sonic is located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. There are 3,561 restaurants in 43 U.S. states which serve approximately 3 million customers per day as of August 31, 2011. In 2011, the restaurant was ranked at #10 on QSR Magazine’s rankings of the top 50 quick-service and fast-casual restaurant brands in the nation.

In 2018, the company was acquired by Inspire Brands.

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