Sonic Drive-in opens in Massachusetts, 8-26-09

 Regular readers of this blog may remember I mentioned in a post this past June that the first Sonic Drive-In in the New England region was slated to be built on U.S. Rte. 1 north in Peabody, Mass. It’s location was marked for years by an old sign that said “Motel Entrance”. The sign was a relic from one of 3 motels I believe were in this area which had been leveled and redeveloped quite a number of years ago.

Back at the end of April, I finally decided that I personally needed to document this sign with photographs, (I had seen other people had done this on flickr). I figured, I drove by it twice a day on the way to and from work and there was no excuse for not stopping. Also, I figured it just wasn’t going to be around that much longer. So the photo below is one from that morning in April.

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Ironically, I included one of those photos in my Local Roadside Memories Slide Show, (first shown on May 19th at the Lynnfield Historical Society). In fact I had another presentation for the Medford Historical Society on June 16th and that very day I noticed there was some construction equipment on the site starting to clear the land. At this point I did not know what was going there. Within a couple of weeks I did find out, see the photo below….

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Boy, was I surprised! That is when I posted the news here on Diner Hotline. So after the site prep was complete in early July, I began to document the construction of the new Sonic Drive-in. I was told by someone connected with the opening of this outlet that the completion of this project broke all previous records, something like 65 days. Here is a timeline, week by week.

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Week One – July 10, 2009

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Week One – July 10, 2009

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Week Two – July 19, 2009

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Week Two – July 19, 2009

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Week Three – July 26, 2009

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Week Three – July 26, 2009

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Week Three – July 30, 2009

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Week Three – July 30, 2009

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Week Four – August 2, 2009

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Week Four – August 2, 2009

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Week Four – August 2, 2009

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Week Five – August 8, 2009

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Week Five – August 8, 2009

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Week Five – August 8, 2009

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Week Five – August 8, 2009

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Week Five – August 8, 2009

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Week Five – August 8, 2009

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Week Six – August 16, 2009

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Week Six – August 16, 2009

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Week Six – August 16, 2009

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Week Six – August 21, 2009

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Week Six – August 21, 2009

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Week Six – August 22, 2009

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Week Six – August 22, 2009

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Week Six – August 22, 2009

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Week Six – August 22, 2009

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Week Six – August 22, 2009

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Week Seven – August 25, 2009.  This is training day for the crew!

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Week Seven – August 25, 2009.  This is training day for the crew!

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Week Seven – August 25, 2009.  This is training day for the crew!

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Week Seven – August 25, 2009.  This is training day for the crew!

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Week Seven – August 26, 2009. Opening Day!

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Week Seven – August 26, 2009. Opening Day!
I had just placed my order after waiting in line for just over an hour!