Update: Royersford Sonic Drive-In Prepares to Re-Open

Update: Royersford Sonic Drive-In Prepares to Re-Open

ROYERSFORD PA – Its building has a new coat of paint. There’s a bold, large block letter sign out front that proclaims, “We’re Hiring!” Workers have even installed new digital menu signage for drive-through customers. In short, there are plenty of indications (at top and below) that the Sonic Drive-In Restaurant at 37 W. Ridge Pike is preparing to re-open for business after an eight-month hiatus.

Sonic representatives and others confirm several of the previously closed fast-food chain’s outlets across southeastern Pennsylvania are likely to re-open in coming weeks, after some modifications and sprucing-up are completed at each. They include its stores in Royersford, Norristown, and Willow Grove in Montgomery County, as well as three in Lancaster County (of which two are already operating), and others in Berks, Chester, Delaware, and Philadelphia counties.

All were reported to have been purchased by firms affiliated with CMG Companies, a Texas-based investor that specializes in multi-unit or franchise-related restaurant, hotel, retail, sports, and real estate businesses.

A look at Sonic’s careers website Friday (Aug. 20, 2021) shows the Royersford store is currently advertising to hire two cooks, and at least one team or crew member. No specific opening date is listed.

Update: Royersford Sonic Drive-In Prepares to Re-Open

Read a story (below) published Dec. 24, 2020, by The Post about the Sonic restaurant earlier closings.

Sonic Drive-Ins Close in Royersford, 9 Other Sites

ROYERSFORD PA – The popular Sonic Drive-In fast-food restaurant location at 37 W. Ridge Pike closed unexpectedly last week, along with nine other Sonic-brand restaurants under similar management across Montgomery County and other sites in Pennsylvania, the Philadelphia Business Journal reported Wednesday (Dec. 23, 2020).

A story by reporter Laura Smythe stated a total of 240 workers – 33 of them in Royersford, the largest among the 10 – were left unemployed “in severances that are expected to be permanent.” The Journal discovered the closures in Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notifications filed Dec. 16 (Wednesday) with the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.

Donald Welsh was listed as the brand franchisee, The Journal reported. The Labor and Industry filing for Royersford employees was made under a company name, “Limerick Restco LP dba Sonic Drive In.”

Also closed, the story said, were Sonics in Norristown and Willow Grove in Montgomery County; as well as three in Lancaster County and one each in Berks, Chester, Delaware, and Philadelphia counties.

The Labor and Industry filings contended the restaurants were closed because they were “no longer permitted to use the Sonic trademark,” according to the report, despite efforts to find a new buyer and negotiations with Sonic to avoid closure.

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