Sonic planning 8 locations in the Albany area

sonic indoor seating location rendering

A rendering of the indoor location design Sonic is using upstate.

Sonic is planning to open its first location in the Albany area in spring 2015 in Latham, the fast food chain announced Tuesday. It says it's planning to ultimately open eight locations around the Capital Region.

Press release blurbage:

[Franchisee] Fast Eats, LLC, led by an experienced service industry team, is already fast at work on their first location in Latham with expected opening in the spring of 2015. Within seven years, Fast Eats expects to open eight drive-in locations in the New York Capital District, including Albany, Latham, Schenectady, Troy, Saratoga Springs, Clifton Park, Amsterdam and the surrounding areas.

A spokesperson said the company didn't yet have officially confirmed details of the exact Latham location.

Sonic has been looking at this area since at least early this year -- back in February the company told us it was in talks with potential franchisees about setting up in this area.

The chain has been expanding through New York State over the last few years. It has locations in Watertown, Rochester, Binghamton, and the Middletown/Newburgh area, with Syracuse and Buffalo in the pipeline. The company says it currently has plans for 27 locations around upstate. Nationwide there are more 3,500 Sonics.

Sonic locations are set up like drive-ins. The company is based in Oklahoma, with a large concentration of its locations in the southeast and southern midwest. So it's planning some adjustments for its upstate locations, including indoor dining areas.

image: Sonic

Comments

Springfield mass has a dining room with hd tvs, it's nice.

This is the greatest news to hit the capital district in my lifetime. Cherry Limeade FTW!

Eh the Sonic in Kingston was pretty underwhelming...

8 locations? The last thing we need is more crap fast food.

Wow, Albany has finally hit the big time, now if we could get a Chuckie Cheeze in the city.

Home of the 2000 calorie milkshake.
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/12/22/upshot/what-2000-calories-looks-like.html

La di Da. They can join Red Robin on my list of hamburger joints I don't go to. I'd add Fuddruckers, but they've been and gone.

L-Ken's old location would be perfect, on Central ave.
Would really love an A & W there though!

one in Saratoga would be nice

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