Sonic on its latest burger rivals in Texas

Heard on the Call: Chain prepares for stepped-up competition from In-N-Out, Carl’s Jr.

Sonic Corp. is taking in stride new forays into its backyard by two notable California burger chains.

The Oklahoma City-based drive-in chain has about 1,000 locations in Texas and surrounding states, an area increasingly targeted for development by West Coast competitors In-N-Out Burger and Carl’s Jr.

In-N-Out Burger of Irvine, Calif., is planning eight new stores and a regional distribution center in North Texas, while CKE Restaurants Inc. of Carpinteria, Calif., is expan

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