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Sonic Drive-In deal announced for Leesburg

The local franchisee has chosen a spot near Battlefield Parkway and Miller Drive.

It’s the news Sonic Drive-In fans have been waiting to hear for years. A deal has been finalized for Loudoun County’s first Sonic to come to a new development underway in Leesburg.

The Sonic will be coming to Oaklawn, a project from Keane Enterprises going up on either side of Battlefield Parkway in Leesburg near the intersection with Miller Drive. Currently, there is an Exxon gas station and a Northwest Federal Credit Union on the property. The Sonic is planned for a parcel of land next door to the credit union. Also, a Chick-fil-A and a Dunkin’ Donuts are under construction just across the street.

Image: JBG Smith

Sonic is being brought to Loudoun County by Kishan Chaniyara, an Ashburn resident who grew up in the area and graduated from Stone Bridge High School. He’s been working on bringing a Sonic Drive-In to Loudoun for years, and he’s thrilled to have locked down a great location.

“There’s definitely a lot of excitement,” Chaniyara said. “I know the community has been waiting for a Sonic, and I’m excited to be taking steps towards making this a reality.”

The Burn first broke the news about Sonic exploring Leesburg last November. It will be only the second in the NOVA region. The first opened in Manassas back in September 2019. Sonics are drive-in restaurants where diners can pull up, order from a touch screen and have their food brought to their car. Sonics also usually have patios for diners. There are some 3,300 locations around the United States. The new store in Leesburg will be a relatively new design for Sonic — with a different look than many may have seen previously. The image at the top of this story is the prototype Chaniyara plans on building.

As eager as local Sonic fans are, they will need to be patient. The team bringing Sonic to Loudoun says they hope to break ground sometime in mid-2021, and are looking to open in early 2022. Chaniyara’s deal with Sonic includes all of Loudoun and he hopes this will be the first of many in the area.

 

10 Comments
  1. nick L 1 year ago
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    Article: this will be the second Sonic in Nova!
    Winchester: AM I A JOKE TO YOU?

    • Chris Wadsworth 1 year ago
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      Lol. We are aware of the Sonic in Winchester. Heck, The Burn has eaten there. But the term NOVA refers to a designated area in the DC Metropolitan area, and includes Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William counties, as well as some smaller jurisdictions. Winchester is a part of northern Virginia, but not Northern Virginia (NOVA).

  2. Derrick Jerry 1 year ago
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    It’s actually easier to go to the Sonic in Winchester then go to Manassas but my boys are happy to see one finally come, but we are done seeing the Chick-fil-A

  3. Turtle 1 year ago
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    If we’re going to bring fast food to NOVA where in the heck is White Castle? I’d even take Krystal over Sonic.

  4. nick L 1 year ago
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    Article: this will be the second Sonic in Nova!
    Winchester: AM I A JOKE TO YOU?

  5. OkayOkayOkay 1 year ago
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    Brown food and neon drinks mmmm mmm

  6. Melisa 1 year ago
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    The building design shows parking spots on only one side of the building and a drive-thru window on the other side. Hopefully ppl going to the drivethru won’t block ppl in the parking spots? I think parking spots ought to be on both sides of the building, that’s the way it is everywhere else….anyway looking forward to cheddar peppers and a coney🥳

    • Josh 12 months ago
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      The Winchester sonic has drive-thru / pull-in on the same side of the building, so drive-thru traffic blocks the pull-in spots. Seems silly but there is only limited space to work with.

  7. Melisa 1 year ago
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    The building design shows parking spots on only one side of the building and a drive-thru window on the other side. Hopefully ppl going to the drivethru won’t block ppl in the parking spots? I think parking spots ought to be on both sides of the building, that’s the way it is everywhere else….anyway looking forward to cheddar peppers and a coney?

  8. Floyd Scott Wooddell 12 months ago
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    Why is it going to take so long to break ground and build. We want it now, but are glad it is is at least coming.

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