Local Sonic Drive-In fans have been eagerly waiting to hear where the restaurant's second location will be. Now, they have their answer: Transit Road in Amherst.
The restaurant will be located on an outparcel in front of the Target department store in Amherst's Eastview Plaza. The local Sonic franchisee has signed a lease with Target and is waiting for approvals before it can get the ball rolling, according to Bill McGowan, chief financial officer at Sonic Buffalo, which owns the rights to local Sonic development.
Target approached Sonic to broker the deal, McGowan said. Franchisee Kevin DiPirro liked the area's traffic counts and demographics and the deal was made. He also hopes the restaurant is close enough to the University at Buffalo to attract students.
Early plans call for the second location to be almost identical to the current one at 3601 Union Road in Cheektowaga. It will have indoor seating, as well as 12 exterior stalls and a double drive-thru. The restaurant will cost more than $2 million to build. Sonic Buffalo partnered with Evans Bank to finance construction.
"The current model works perfectly. We're able to get customers in out and really fast now," McGowan said.
The new store is expected to open this spring.
Next up, the company is looking for possible locations in North Tonawanda, Kenmore and the Southtowns.