Sonic Drive-In planned for Cranberry Highway

By Matthew Bernat | Apr 07, 2017
Photo by: Matthew Bernat Documents on file with the Planning Department show plans to build a Sonic Drive-In where this oil change shop is located at the corner of Main Avenue and Cranberry Highway.

A Taunton-based developer wants to bring a fast food throwback to the corner of Main Avenue and Cranberry Highway.

Documents filed with the Wareham Planning Department reveal plans to construct a Sonic Drive-In at that location. The company is known for its retro feel where carhops deliver burgers, shakes and hot dogs. The Oklahoma-based chain, which is popular in the South, has been adding stores across the country as part of a nationwide expansion.

Plans for the Wareham store call for demolishing an existing business located at 3067 Cranberry Highway, Pro-Team Quick Oil Change. In its place, a 2,478 square-foot Sonic Drive-In with between 24 to 36 covered parking spots will be built.

Planning Department documents list Sunil B. Patel of Taunton as the applicant. According to state business records, Patel owns or has owned a string of convenience stores in the Taunton area. The owner of the land at 3067 Cranberry Highway is listed as CTG Properties LLC.

Before construction begins Patel must receive approval from the Zoning Board of Appeals and the Planning Board. The Zoning Board of Appeals hearing is scheduled for April 26 at 7 p.m. in the Multi-Service Center.


Comments (18)
Posted by: cranky pants | Apr 07, 2017 23:10

Well with all the development going on in the West side of town maybe the East side could get something new. I like the idea, where do I sign ?

Posted by: Uptohere | Apr 08, 2017 10:23

I hope their plans include making their spot a betterment to the local landscape and not more a bigger eyesore that what is there. And not just another cheap addition to it.

Posted by: Whm4now | Apr 08, 2017 15:47

Covered parking.  I wonder if it will be solar panels.

Posted by: cranberry scoop | Apr 08, 2017 16:48

I love Sonic. I think it will attract families, and their business, to the area.

Posted by: Spherebreaker | Apr 09, 2017 07:46

Lets hope that this does not get tied up in the Towns red tape. That side of Town needs new development and it should be encouraged.

Posted by: Uptohere | Apr 09, 2017 12:40

I'm for fast tracking business and never would I want unwarranted delays to discourage anyone, that said I don't want to face...WTF were they thinking after the fact.

Posted by: Just Me1 | Apr 10, 2017 08:22

I hope the traffic control plans take into account the unique aspects of that intersection with the buttonhook U- or left turn from Cranberry Hwy, the short distance to the existing driveway on Main, the RR tracks, etc., all contributing to a very short stacking lane for left turns into the corner lot.

Posted by: Steve Holmes | Apr 10, 2017 09:20

When on the road, I stop in one of these for the best foot long chilly & cheese dogs, and a shake. Sonic's does a nice job at the location presentation. There's no inside eating, so it's not a very big building, everything is done from the car. Whether you are just passing through as a quick lunch, or sitting in the car eating. Please let's not forget East Wareham is part of the Town too, lets not take 5 years to get this one done.

Posted by: Snowman | Apr 10, 2017 11:44

I am ALL-IN for adding a new business to this part of town.

However, I share the concern that improvements must be made to the existing traffic problem on Cranberry Highway as we plan for growth.


Imagine the chaos with the left turns at this intersection being added to

  • The traffic jug handle
  • The RR Tracks
  • Main Avenue traffic into and out of Onset
  • First Responders into and out of Onset
  • The new Onset Fire Engine stationed on the other side at the Water Dept.
  • Turning traffic for Salvation Army, Benny's, The Flea Market, the NEW Sonic
  • Pedestrians, Bikes, etc, etc.

Now triple the volume of cars from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Without help, more and more people will avoid this road rather than patronize the businesses.

Posted by: Doctor Deekas | Apr 10, 2017 13:00

Our State and local leaders have FAILED us to get this road complete. Sure, throw us a $500K bone toward fixing the Nightmare on Elm Street bridge (which we don't have the other $1 million for), while Cranberry Hwy claims wreck after wreck on a weekly basis. This is the biggest traffic mover road in Wareham, even more than Route 28 in West Wareham. There is far more traffic on 6 & 28 in East Wareham/Onset. Our selectmen and TA have been complicit in allowing the hundreds of accidents and scores of deaths, while the MA highway dept kicks the can down the road. Town leaders - don't add another fast food place to this stretch of road without the MA Highway improvements, and for once, demand it. We already knows what happens in front of McD's and Wendy's on a weekly basis.

Posted by: Snowman | Apr 10, 2017 15:41

Well said.   This will be one of if not the factor that I will be considering when I cast my ballot for state and local elections in the future.

This is not merely an issue of convenience, but of public safety, and the growth potential for this side of town and for Onset.

Posted by: sadie | Apr 10, 2017 16:22

Mr Slavin has been going to these highway meetings on his own time since 2009 fighting for the highway project and the STATE came with plans and asked the business along the road for their input which had them revise some of the plans  The STATE also not only delayed the plans two years in a row because of money and also shortened the length of the project.

This was done his own time and he reported the updates to the selectmen's meetings.

He is also attending the meetings that are trying to decide if a commuter rail will come to Wareham and also updates the selectmen.

The selectmen are not paid. At least 3 members of this current board spend a lot of time going to STATE meetings and to thee STATE house trying to fight for Wareham and they do this on their  own time. I don't recall past selectmen giving so much of their time going to State or regional meetings fighting for Wareham


Posted by: Doctor Deekas | Apr 10, 2017 16:53

Sadie - are you really going to use the 'not paid' argument? I don't care - let's pay the selectmen $4000 per year, as some other towns do. Then, what is the excuse?

Posted by: sadie | Apr 10, 2017 17:58

doc... how many previous selectmen went out of their way and took more time out of their lives to attend other meetings to fight for Wareham and try to get as much as they could from the STATE.

 I don't recall other selectmen doing anything but attending the two to four selectmen's meetings a month.

It is not the selectmen's fault that the STATE kept putting it off because of money issues. I am glad that they were at these meeting if not maybe the highway construction would have been put off even longer.

Posted by: Snowman | Apr 10, 2017 18:25


Thank you for your insight.  I appreciate the often thankless job our BOS do.  And thank you to Mr. Slavin for his efforts.  That is one reason I voted for him.

That being said, I would like to see some reporting from our local papers on this issue from our local papers.  I wll be contacting the Courier with the same request.  Can we have some input from our elected leaders with particular heat and light on our State Representation who are not only paid, but just gave themselves a significant raise

Posted by: Zephyr | Apr 10, 2017 23:09

I have never been to a Sonic but have heard only good things about them. This looks like the perfect location for a business like that.  And it would be great if you could only exit by way of Main Ave where the lights are.  The Zoning Board of Appeals hearing is scheduled for April 26 at 7 p.m. in the Multi-Service Center.  I'm sure this paper will cover that meeting and we will have more info.

Doctor Deekas, I'm afraid I have to disagree with you on this one. McDonald's and Wendy's both have a separate entrance and exit. The difference between these two and Sonic is that if planned out correctly, you will only be able to exit onto Main Ave.  Where as the other two enter and exit to and from Cranberry Highway.  I'm around that area a lot and have never seen anyone enter by way if the exit.  I can't say it has never happened but I think the chances are very slim.

We always get a lot more traffic during the summer and I don't think people will avoid this road rather than patronize Sonic.  I think it will be just the opposite.  I can see the concern regarding the RR tracks but this isn't Boston where trains run every 10 minutes.  And as far as the highway project, we all know it will never happen in our lifetime.  The only thing we can hope for when a new business opens on Cranberry Highway is that they plan it on the same idea as they did when McDonald's reopened.  And that was making an indent on the highway for the entrance.  I don't think this is a big concern and I welcome the new business.

Posted by: Society for Suppression of Noise | Apr 10, 2017 23:17

Ahh, c'mon, they couldn't find a spot in WEST Wareham better than this crummy intersection?!  Why do I have to drive to the Valley of the Shadow of Death in order to buy a cheap, greasy burger?

Posted by: erika925925 | Apr 26, 2017 12:04

Hope the traffic light improves...will be glad to see something coming to the East side since the West is getting so many new things.  We have existing buildings sitting and falling apart...99 moved and nothing has gone in there.  Friendly's.....empty...come on!

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