Sonic is an iconic American drive-in fast-food chain with nearly thousands of franchise establishments across the vast land of the United States by 2014. As Sonic continued to expand, it ran into various hurdles. The most daunting challenge was to enter urban environments where space was too scarce to make drive-in possible. At the same time, while the drive-in model was highly effective in the US thanks to nostalgia, it did not have the same emotional appeal to international consumers. Should Sonic move away from the drive-in model and reinvent itself? If so, would it become just another fast food burger joint with a customizable menu? And how could it compete with larger players such as McDonald’s and Burger King that already had a substantial urban and international presence?
Sonic Restaurants: Does its Drive-In Business Model Limit Future Growth Potential?
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- Publisher:Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University
- Publication year:2015
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- Discipline: Operations Strategy, Corporate Strategy, Industry Analysis
- Length:4,691 words
Region:Northern AmericaCountry:United States of AmericaIndustry:Food and beverage service activitiesOrganization:SonicOrganization Size:Originally Published In:2015). Sonic Restaurants: Does its drive-in business model limit future growth potential? Rotterdam, Netherlands: Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University., & (Type:Online ISBN:9781526427601Copyright: © 2015 RSM Case Development Centre, Erasmus University. All rights reserved.