Sonic Drive-in could open this August in Stoughton

The planned opening date has been delayed several times, but a vice president of the company that owns the Route 138 plaza said they’ve turned the project over to the franchisee.

STOUGHTON – Rumors began swirling about two years ago that Sonic Drive-in could open it’s first location south of Boston – in the Brockton area. While the permitting process took more than six months, the potential opening date has been pushed back several times and a store has opened south of Boston, the fast food restaurant is still coming to Stoughton. “At this point, our understanding is they are still coming to Stoughton,” said Eric Nelson, the vice president of Winstanley Enterprises, the owner of the plaza at 630 Washington St. “You’re not the only one who has asked that question.”

Winstanley Enterprises was responsible for finding a tenant for the vacant Friendly’s location and helping the business obtain permits. “Our responsibility to the landlord was to get the site permitted and approved,” Nelson told The Enterprise by phone from the Concord-based firm. “We have a lease in effect with the franchisee, who will build and operate Sonic. We have turned the project over to them.”

Sonic Drive-in now has four locations in Massachusetts as Somerset opened the first store south of Boston earlier this month. The other locations are in Lawrence, Peabody and Wilmington.

Adam Winstanley, a co-founder of the firm that helps with real estate transactions, previously told The Enterprise the original planned opening date was mid-summer 2015. That got pushed back to April or May of 2016 after a long permitting process that included traffic studies.

The date was pushed back once again to between May 15 and June 15 by the time the restaurant plans received approval from the Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals.

And the opening has been delayed once again – but Nelson said there is a plan in place. “Our latest understanding is that they plan to start construction in a few weeks and open for Aug. 1,” Nelson said. “I think these things just take longer than what people would like.”


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