Wasilla will be home to Alaska's first Sonic Drive-In.

Franchise operator Larry Clark said his team plans to break ground in May in the new Shoppes at Sun Mountain shopping center. The 32-acre, $60 million development is being put together by Wasilla High School graduate Cameron Johnson, who now works for AMG & Associates.

Clark and Johnson are co-owners of the franchise and have exclusive rights to all Sonics in Alaska.

Johnson said he believes the restaurant will do well, especially in the Valley. "Sonic corporate says they've been getting calls for years from people asking for it," Johnson said.

Clark said engineers are putting plans together that will be given to Wasilla City Council and Matanuska-Susitna Borough Assembly members within the next month.

The restaurant will have the traditional drive-in amenities with the canopy and car hops. There will also be a drive-thru and a place for people to dine in as well.

"That's a new platform for Sonic that's just come around in the last year or so. We wanted to make sure we could accommodate everyone during the winter," Clark said.

Clark wants to work with the homeless teens in My House's Nine Star program to give them job opportunities.

"Trying to help homeless teens get off the street and do better in life," Clark said.

Clark said he's been working for four years to bring the Sonic franchise to Alaska. He said Wasilla was the perfect location for the first restaurant.

"Wasilla is one of the fastest-growing cities in America," Clark explained. "I wanted to bring something to the Valley before Anchorage got it."

Johnson said Planet Fitness has also signed a lease for a 25,000 square foot state-of-the-art gym that's expected to open in early 2020. 

Tacos Cancun Mexican Grill will also be moving into the development.

Sonic breaks ground in May and is planned to be open by September 2019.

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