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Demolition to begin at Williams truck stop

Officials say new travel plaza expected to open in December

August 13, 2012
Teresa Wood ( , The Daily Freeman Journal

Demolition is slated to begin today on the Pilot Flying J Travel Plaza outside of Williams.

More commonly known as Trump Plaza, the rest stop is owned by Pilot Flying J Travel Centers LLC, of Knoxville, Tenn., and is located west of the intersection of Interstate 35 and County Highway D-25 west of Williams.

According to Sharon Donnell, Pilot Flying J Travel Centers executive office manager, a new 11,775 square-foot building will be constructed at the site. The building is expected to open in December 2012.

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Demolition is slated for Monday of the Pilot Flying J Travel Center at I-35 and D25 near Williams. A new 12,000 sq.ft. travel center will be built and is expected to open in December 2012.

The new travel plaza will include the travel convenience store, a Huddle House restaurant and full deli service with pizzas. The center will also host a Cinnabon franchise.

Huddle House is a family-style restaurant that offers a full menu selection while featuring waffles.

Outside, the new store will offer fuel for passenger vehicles in addition to offering seven diesel lanes with DEF for truckers. There will also be an RV lane.

"We are a driver driven company," said Donnell.

The new store will cater to the over-the-road driver and include expanded shower facilities.

With over 600 retail locations, Pilot Flying J is the operator of travel centers and plazas in the United States and Canada, said Donnell.

The travel centers provide access to over 60,000 parking spaces for trucks and over 4,000 shower facilities. The company also has over 4,000 diesel lanes - 1,800 of which offer DEF at the pump, said Donnell.

In 1958, the first Pilot store was opened by James Haslam II in Gate City, VA. By 1973, the company had 50 stations with annual sales totaling $30 million.

In 1976, the company opened its first convenience store in conjunction with the fuel stations. By 1981, there were 100 Pilot convenience stores and the first travel center was opened in Corbin, KY.

In 2003, Pilot acquired the Williams Travel Centers franchise and on July 1, 2010, Pilot Flying J was established.

Today, the company employs more than 21,000 workers in the United States and Canada, said Donnell.



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