From Press staff reports

SOMERS POINT - The parking lot was packed Tuesday afternoon at Atlantic County's first Sonic Drive-In restaurant.

"It feels terrific finally being open this week after all the rain in June slowed our construction down," said Kenneth Moran, chief operating officer of franchisee Reyes Drive-Ins. "The reaction from Somers Point, Linwood and Northfield has been phenomenal."

Sonic is known for having drive-in stalls, where diners park their cars and order from individual electronic menus. Servers on roller skates - known as carhops - hand off food and correct change. The chain is the largest of its kind nationally, with 3,400 restaurants.

Reyes Drive-Ins, of Fort Washington, Pa., also owns franchises in Millville and the Rio Grande section of Middle Township, Cape May County.

The company has hired 104 employees for its Somers Point Sonic, which opened Monday on Route 9.