Pilot Flying J Opens New Travel Center in Canada

Published in CSP Daily News

Also remodeling recently acquired Minnesota location

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Pilot Flying J recently opened a new Pilot Travel Center in Lancaster, Ontario.

The 13,000-square-foot travel center will feature six fuel islands and 10 diesel islands along with diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) at the pump. The facility also will feature high-speed fuel pumps that provide faster flow so customers can refuel quickly.

Professional drivers will have access to such services as a CAT scale, seven automated showers and 78 parking spaces for trucks. The Lancaster location also features driver services such as Transflo and The Truck Paper magazine.

The Lancaster location includes a Denny's restaurant, a convenience store, hot food deli, clean restrooms, pay phones, an AirVac, fax and copy services, check cashing, an ATM, lottery tickets, laundry services and general merchandise for professional drivers and highway travelers.

"We hope that Lancaster area residents and fleet customers will enjoy the convenience and amenities of our new Pilot Travel Center," said Jimmy Haslam, president and CEO of Pilot Flying J. "We are proud that this travel center will serve this community through products and services as well as contribute to the local economy through jobs and tax revenue. And, we'll fill the needs of those carrying goods to communities across North America."

Patrick Bassett, general manager for the Lancasterlocation, said, "We believe our familiar Pilot sign will be a welcome sight for travelers and professional drivers. They'll want to pull off to fill up, refresh and sample some of our featured food items like hot pizza, sandwiches and Oscar Mayer hot dogs."

Pilot Flying J also recently acquired a travel center in Inver Grove Heights, Minn., and will remodel the Pilot Travel Center to feature full amenities for professional drivers and the motoring public. It will remain open during remodeling, which is expected to be complete in May 2012.

The 7,500-square-foot travel center will feature four fuel islands and five diesel islands along with DEF at the pump. The facility also will feature high-speed fuel pumps. Professional drivers will have access to such services as a CAT scale, three automated showers and 43 parking spaces for trucks. After remodeling, the travel center will offer five automated showers. The Inver Grove Heights location also features driver services such as Transflo, Trip Pak and The Truck Paper magazine.

The Inver Grove Heights location will include a Subway restaurant, which will reopen after the remodeling is complete, hot food deli, clean restrooms, pay phones, an AirVac, fax and copy services, Western Union and check cashing, an ATM, lottery, an arcade, laundry services and general merchandise.

"Our premium hot beverages include gourmet specialty coffees from all over the world as well as Pilot's house coffee which was named the 'Best Coffee on the Interstate' by the readers of Truckers News. We also have a variety of fountain drinks, frozen drinks and fresh brewed tea," said Alec McDonald, general manager for the Inver Grove Heightslocation.

As with all other Pilot Flying J locations, the Lancaster Pilot Travel Center and the Inver Grove Heights Pilot Travel Center both honor the Frequent Fueler Advantage card. Pilot and Flying J merged in 2010, and both brands are still available on U.S. and Canadian highways.

Pilot Flying J, Knoxville, Tenn., has more than 550 retail locations across North America. It is also one of the nation's largest wholesale fuel providers, delivering more than 500 million gallons of fuel to thousands of customers in 47 states and eight Canadian provinces. The company employs approximately 18,000 people and is the largest operator of travel centers and travel plazas in North America.