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A new Sonic Drive-In will open in Sacramento. Are there more to follow?

Inside look at the new Delta Shores retail center in south Sacramento

Delta Shores, a massive 1 million square-foot “power center,” opened the first of nearly 100 stores and restaurants in August, 2017 on a sprawling site next to Interstate 5 at the new Cosumnes River Boulevard interchange.
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Delta Shores, a massive 1 million square-foot “power center,” opened the first of nearly 100 stores and restaurants in August, 2017 on a sprawling site next to Interstate 5 at the new Cosumnes River Boulevard interchange.

Among businesses set to open in the fast-populating Delta Shores shopping complex along Interstate 5, a new Sonic Drive-In is coming soon to Sacramento, according to a list of tenants on the site plan.

Sacramento-area Sonic restaurants have had a roller-coaster history in recent years. Three locations (Roseville, Woodland and Yuba City) closed in 2014. Those franchises were owned by businessman and real estate developer Abe Alizadeh, who in January 2018 pleaded guilty to fraud charges connected to his $22 million real estate scheme.

The Roseville and Yuba City locations reopened in 2015 under new ownership; Woodland’s store reopened in 2016, according to the Sacramento Business Journal.

Once opened, the Delta Shores location will be Sonic’s only store in the city of Sacramento. However, early in 2016, the burger chain announced its plans to open 11 restaurants in the area over the next seven years – and 33 total in California by the end of 2022. Oklahoma City-based Sonic didn’t further specify where those locations would be, but Delta Shores is one of them.

Sonic was founded in 1953 and operates more than 3,500 restaurants in the U.S. It is known for its roller-skating servers who deliver food to customers’ cars.

Other burger options at Delta Shores include In-N-Out Burger and The Habit Burger Grill, both already open, according to the Delta Shores website.

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