Some Sonic Drive-In restaurants in the Dayton area were not open for regular opening hours on Sunday afternoon, while others wrote that they were closing early on Sunday night, but re-opening on Monday.
The irregular hours in the Dayton area Sonics came amid a change of franchisees and two confirmed Sonic stores in the Columbus area, but it wasn't clear Sunday night if there was any connection between developments in Central Ohio and the Dayton area. stores temporary or early closures, according to a spokesman for Sonic
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Family members of Sonic employees working at the Clayton location on 7711 Hoke Road, said on a community site for Facebook that the staff had been told the restaurant was closed permanently. An employee of a nearby Sonic at 7788 Brandt Pike in Huber Heights also said the Hoke Road / Clayton site was closed for good. But employees of the Huber Heights store, as well as employees of stores in Kettering, West Carrollton and Xenia, told this news expiration they closed early today at 7pm. instead of 10 pm, but will reopen for regular opening hours tomorrow, Monday, February 25.
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At the same time, the Sonic restaurant at 3970 Colonel Glenn Highway in Beavercreek was empty at 4pm Sunday afternoon, and a sign on the run menu and window told customers, "Sorry for the inconvenience, (we are) temporarily closed."
The operations director of Bowling Green, Kentucky-based Houchens Industries, who has been the franchisee of Sonic Drive-In locations in the Dayton region, refused to comment when he was reached on telephone Sunday afternoon.
A spokesperson for Sonic Corporate in Oklahoma said on Sunday night that he was aware of a change of franchise ownership for at least eight stores in the Columbus area that will take full effect Monday, February 25, and he said two stores in Columbus had closed this weekend. The spokesman said he checked the reports that involved Sonic restaurants in the Dayton area.
We will update this story with new developments.