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lambertman

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Sonic - what happened? Sun, 02/6/05 2:15 PM (permalink)
All of the Sonics in Central Indiana (2 in Indy, one in Bloomington) closed without warning a few months back. I kept waiting to see if a new ownership group would step in, but in fact the signs have been taken down and they're just empty shells now. Does anybody know what went down?
 
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    Oneiron339

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    • Location: Marietta, GA
    RE: Sonic - what happened? Sun, 02/6/05 2:38 PM (permalink)
    They're still operating in the ATL area w/o any noticeable change.
     
    #2
      garykg6

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      • Location: tampa, FL
      RE: Sonic - what happened? Sun, 02/6/05 3:41 PM (permalink)
      the one in Tampa is thriving and Sonic has been showing a lot more TV ad's.....too bad about those closings,they put out a decent product.
       
      #3
        carlton pierre

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        • Location: Knoxville, TN
        RE: Sonic - what happened? Sun, 02/6/05 3:47 PM (permalink)
        They're still open here in Knoxville and I have not read of any problems with the chain.
         
        #4
          Wallyum

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          • Joined: 4/2/2004
          • Location: Ft. Thomas, KY
          RE: Sonic - what happened? Sun, 02/6/05 4:03 PM (permalink)
          Sounds like a problem inside that individual franchise. They're welcome to relocate to the Northern Kentucky area.
           
          #5
            Jennifer_4

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            • Location: Fresno, CA
            RE: Sonic - what happened? Sun, 02/6/05 5:40 PM (permalink)
            I welcomed the 3 Sonics we finally got here in the Fresno area...then my daughter went to work for them... they are individually run so I can't fault them all.. but she was treated shabbily, so there are a couple I'm not too happy with..
             
            #6
              mayor al

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              • Location: Louisville area, Southern Indiana
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              RE: Sonic - what happened? Sun, 02/6/05 6:24 PM (permalink)
              Those in Southern Indiana still operate (as of today). Some are better than others as far as care and appearances go.
               
              #7
                Sundancer7

                RE: Sonic - what happened? Sun, 02/6/05 6:31 PM (permalink)
                The Sonics in Knoxville and Maryville, TN are still operating and still as good as ever. I personally enjoy the Sonic as much as ever.

                Paul E. Smith
                Knoxville, TN
                 
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                  Mark in Ohio

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                  • Location: Chillicothe, OH
                  RE: Sonic - what happened? Sun, 02/6/05 7:27 PM (permalink)
                  The Sonic's in Nelsonville, Ohio is alive and well....
                   
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                    45013

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                    • Location: Dayton, OH
                    RE: Sonic - what happened? Sun, 02/6/05 9:37 PM (permalink)
                    quote:
                    Originally posted by lambertman

                    All of the Sonics in Central Indiana (2 in Indy, one in Bloomington) closed without warning a few months back. I kept waiting to see if a new ownership group would step in, but in fact the signs have been taken down and they're just empty shells now. Does anybody know what went down?


                    Lambertman, were those among the Sonics that used to be Dog 'n Suds restaurants?
                     
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                      jimcor

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                      • Joined: 1/25/2005
                      • Location: Lexington, KY
                      RE: Sonic - what happened? Thu, 02/10/05 8:16 PM (permalink)
                      Still open in Lexington, KY.
                       
                      #11
                        IansMom

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                        • Joined: 12/12/2003
                        • Location: Louisville, KY
                        RE: Sonic - what happened? Thu, 02/10/05 9:04 PM (permalink)
                        the one I used to go to off Preston Hwy here in Louisville has closed too
                         
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                          Ralph Isbill

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                          • Location: Midwest City, OK
                          RE: Sonic - what happened? Thu, 02/10/05 9:20 PM (permalink)
                          In Oklahoma where the "head shed" (home office) is located are doing great. They just moved in a new sonic building in the brick town area of Oklahoma City. They now have a walk in operation there. We have not tried it yet. The newly opened drive-in that just opened in Midwest City, is going great guns, we are doing our part to keep it going.
                           
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                            Michael Hoffman

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                            RE: Sonic - what happened? Thu, 02/10/05 10:11 PM (permalink)
                            quote:
                            Originally posted by Mark in Ohio

                            The Sonic's in Nelsonville, Ohio is alive and well....

                            It sure is. At least it was during the deer gun season.
                             
                            #14
                              Wallyum

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                              RE: Sonic - what happened? Thu, 02/10/05 11:31 PM (permalink)
                              quote:
                              Originally posted by Michael Hoffman

                              quote:
                              Originally posted by Mark in Ohio

                              The Sonic's in Nelsonville, Ohio is alive and well....

                              It sure is. At least it was during the deer gun season.


                              When you outlaw guns, only deer will have guns.
                              No.....wait a second....
                               
                              #15
                                QFan

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                                • Location: Bonita Springs, FL
                                RE: Sonic - what happened? Fri, 02/11/05 7:12 PM (permalink)
                                It looks like they are expanding pretty quickly in west and southwest FL. Sonics have opened in Bradenton, Venice and the Tampa area plus we're seeing lots more of their ads on local TV channels.
                                QFan
                                Bonita Springs, FL
                                 
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                                  MikeS.

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                                  RE: Sonic - what happened? Sat, 02/12/05 3:38 AM (permalink)
                                  They run ads in the DC TV market but the closest store I can find is Fredricksburg 40 or more miles away. Too bad too, I like their food and especially the real thick milkshakes.

                                  North of Fredricksburg there are Checkers drive throughs. A much cheaper imitations IMHO. Although I will occasionally eat a chili burger or dog there.

                                  MikeS.
                                   
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                                    AndreaB

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                                    • Location: Versailles, KY
                                    RE: Sonic - what happened? Sat, 02/12/05 12:02 PM (permalink)
                                    I never cared for Sonic. Their food seemed "heavy" to me and sat in the stomach like a bowling ball. But, to each his / her own!


                                    Andrea
                                     
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                                      mbmusgrove

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                                      • Location: Bluffton, SC
                                      RE: Sonic - what happened? Sat, 02/12/05 1:06 PM (permalink)
                                      Sonic was struggling a few years ago, and a guy who was pretty high up in Burger King came and rescued them. Here in the South they have become really popular and are opening all over the place. It really has been been a complete turnaround for them. I have to say, I like their cheeseburgers a lot. I haven't tried anything else, but the shakes and different drinks look really good.

                                      As a company, they are thriving, I suppose franchisees here and there might be having individual trouble. Which makes me think of this story:[url][/url]http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2002170453_quiznos04.html[url][/url]
                                       
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                                        lambertman

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                                        • Location: Indianapolis, IN
                                        RE: Sonic - what happened? Sat, 02/12/05 1:23 PM (permalink)
                                        quote:
                                        Originally posted by McFan
                                        Lambertman, were those among the Sonics that used to be Dog 'n Suds restaurants?


                                        Sorry it took so long to reply. Yes, the Indy locations were D'nS. The Bloomington one was built after D'nS went away.
                                         
                                        #20
                                          45013

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                                          • Location: Dayton, OH
                                          RE: Sonic - what happened? Sun, 02/13/05 9:31 PM (permalink)
                                          Let me also add that the Franklin/Middletown location near Towne Mall on Dixie Highway west of I-75 Exit 32 (OH 122) is still operating!

                                          (Sorry for the double post; I hit the wrong key to edit the original post!)
                                           
                                          #21
                                            elswinger

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                                            • Joined: 9/10/2004
                                            • Location: Seattle, WA
                                            RE: Sonic - what happened? Thu, 03/3/05 5:29 PM (permalink)
                                            I see their ads and Carl's Jr.s frequently on cable, but we don't have either up here in Seattle.
                                             
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                                              carlton pierre

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                                              RE: Sonic - what happened? Thu, 03/3/05 7:32 PM (permalink)
                                              Can't we safely conclude this by agreeing that Sonic, as a big chain, is suffering no ill effects, save possibly for central Indiana.
                                               
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                                                stricken_detective

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                                                RE: Sonic - what happened? Fri, 03/4/05 12:14 AM (permalink)
                                                The nearest Sonic is 6 hours away, Des Moines. My father has requested we take a road trip there for his 50th birthday in September.

                                                Any suggestions on what we should try?
                                                 
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                                                  MikeS.

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                                                  RE: Sonic - what happened? Fri, 03/4/05 6:37 AM (permalink)
                                                  quote:
                                                  Originally posted by stricken_detective

                                                  The nearest Sonic is 6 hours away, Des Moines. My father has requested we take a road trip there for his 50th birthday in September.
                                                  Any suggestions on what we should try?



                                                  The milkshakes and a chili-cheese dog or 3 :)
                                                   
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                                                    michaelgemmell

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                                                    • Location: San Francisco, CA
                                                    RE: Sonic - what happened? Fri, 03/4/05 3:33 PM (permalink)
                                                    Make time for a tour of the Iowa State Capital. It's magnificent!
                                                     
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                                                      ScreamingChicken

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                                                      RE: Sonic - what happened? Fri, 03/4/05 3:47 PM (permalink)
                                                      There was a Des Moines thread in the "Where Should I Eat?" forum a few weeks back. I'm guessing you're not going to drive 6 hours, eat, and turn around so you might be interested in some other dining possibilities; if I was along I'd be suggesting the alfredo pizza at Felix & Oscar's (Merle Hay Mall).

                                                      Brad (less than 2 months until my own Des Moines trip) O.
                                                       
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                                                        stricken_detective

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                                                        RE: Sonic - what happened? Tue, 03/8/05 7:55 PM (permalink)
                                                        quote:
                                                        Originally posted by Brad_Olson

                                                        I'm guessing you're not going to drive 6 hours, eat, and turn around
                                                        Actually, that was my dad's whole plan. I'm not joking, this is a direct quote: "Des Moines? That's only 6 hours away. You know what I'm thinking? We leave Saturday, get there for lunch & dinner, sleep in the parking lot, then wake up & have some of their breakfasts. Then lunch again before we head home."

                                                        I will check out the Des Moines thread for more ideas, the alfredo pizza has my interest for sure.
                                                         
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                                                          Lunza

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                                                          RE: Sonic - what happened? Sun, 03/13/05 5:52 PM (permalink)
                                                          There's two in Modesto, CA, and they seem to be doing well.
                                                           
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