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Valliant, OK, Sonic is customized for truck traffic

The Sonic in Valliant, which opened Feb. 4, has a special stall that is 3 feet taller for tractor-trailer drivers to use.
by Jennifer Palmer Published: May 2, 2013

— A new Sonic Drive-In here is sweet on truck drivers and customized the restaurant to accommodate them.

One stall is three feet higher than the others to make it easier for tractor-trailer drivers to read the menu. It's equipped with a sensor that alerts staff that someone is preparing to order. And a circle drive was built around the restaurant to make it easier for drivers to get back on the highway.

“When a trucker pulls up we holler out in the store ‘trucker!' We take care of that trucker as fast as we can. They all love it,” said Julie Dorries, who operates the restaurant with her husband, Tommy.

It's the first Sonic to feature a customized stall, Sonic said. The Oklahoma City-based company supported the idea because it serves the needs of the community.

The couple have wanted to open a Sonic in their home of Valliant for a decade and finally got the company on board.

Valliant, a town of about 750 residents on State Highway 70 in southeastern Oklahoma, receives a lot of truck traffic from the logging industry and a paper mill operated by International Paper.

However, none of the local businesses seemed to cater to truck drivers and trucks are often seen pulled over on the highway to do business, Tommy Dorries said. “We wanted the truckers to have a place to stop and eat,” he added.

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by Jennifer Palmer
Investigative Reporter
Jennifer Palmer joined The Oklahoman staff in 2008 and, after five years on the business desk, is now digging deeper through investigative work. She's been recognized with awards in public service reporting and personal column writing. Prior to...
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