Ricky Davis Addresses the Rotary Club of Heber Springs
Heber Springs, AR
10/30/2017 01:51 PM
Ricky Davis, owner of Sonic, was the presenter at the October 17 meeting of the Rotary Club of Heber Springs. A great corporate citizen, Sonic is active in regular community event sponsorship around Heber Springs and in all the locations where his stores operate. Mr. Davis spoke of his history with the company, and the company’s plans for the future.

Mr. Davis has worked with Sonic as an employee and later as a store owner, for all of his adult life. Graduating from high school in 1976, he enrolled in Arkansas (now Lyon) College in Batesville, working all four years of his college career at the local Sonic. After graduation, he became Managing Partner at the Sonic in Heber Springs, which was then located on South 7th Street. He met and married his wife Cindy while working at that Sonic, and today in Mr. Davis’ 42nd year with the company, the pair owns twenty-six stores – one each in Tennessee and Oklahoma, and the remainder in Arkansas.

They remain a very successful family business, with two of the couple’s children working closely with the business. There are 3700 Sonics in operation in the United States averaging $1.2 million in sales each year. The Sonics owned by Davis average $1.75 million in yearly sales. This is in great part because of their dedication to exceptional service. “From order to delivery,” Davis said, “you can expect to have your food in your hands in three to four minutes.” This speed of service has ranked their stores number one in the nation and he noted they also have the least number of complaints of any stores in the country.

Building on this success, the company is primed for future growth and expansion. Having recently acquired 2.88 acres next to Wal-Mart in Heber Springs, Davis has plans to build one of the biggest Sonics in the country. “While there are many details which need to be completed on the front end before construction can begin,” he said, “once they begin construction, the Sonic will be open within 80 days.” The new Sonic will feature a large playground for children, as well as additional outdoor seating, more parking spaces and drive through ordering lanes. They hope to begin construction very soon. Once complete, Sonic will only close for a couple days to transfer everything from the old location to the new store.  While the store location will change, the commitment to community and quality service will not. They plan to continue being good corporate citizens supporting events and causes that give back to the people who patronize their stores, and supporting the communities in which they work.

Rotarians are “People of Action” who are making a difference locally, nationally and internationally.  The Object of Rotary is "to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise." The Rotary Club of Heber Springs meets each Tuesday at noon on the ASU-Heber Springs Campus. For more information about the Rotary Club of Heber Springs, please visit our Facebook page at

Kathy Phillips, Public Relations Chair
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