Pilot Flying J Acquires Minnesota Travel Plaza

The 13,000-square-foot center features branded foodservice and a wide variety of convenience items.

Pilot Flying J has acquired a travel plaza in Northfield, Minn., and will remodel the Flying J Travel Plaza to feature full amenities for professional drivers and traditional convenience store customers. The center will remain open during remodeling, which is expected to be complete in May 2012.

The 13,756-square-foot travel plaza will feature three gasoline islands and seven diesel lanes along with DEF at the pump. The facility also will feature high-speed fuel pumps that provide faster flow so customers can refuel quickly as well as a restaurant and a wide variety of convenience items.

“We hope that Northfield area residents and fleet customers will enjoy the convenience and amenities of our new Flying J Travel Plaza,” said Jimmy Haslam, president and CEO of Pilot Flying J. “As the driver-driven company, we are proud that this travel plaza 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 the nation.”

The Flying J Travel Plaza in Northfield is part of the network of more than 550 travel centers and travel plazas in the Pilot Flying J family, which serves more than 1.3 million customers every day across the U.S. and Canada.

The Northfield location will include a Subway restaurant; hot food deli; clean restrooms; pay phones; fax and copy services; Western Union and check cashing; an ATM; lottery and Lotto tickets; FedEx and UPS drop boxes; laundry services; and general merchandise for professional drivers and highway travelers.

“We believe our familiar Flying J sign will be a welcome sight for interstate 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,” said Matthew Skobrak, general manager for the Northfield location.

“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 and fresh brewed tea.”

In addition to diesel fuel and DEF at the pump, professional drivers will have access to such services as a CAT scale, Transflo, six automated showers and 72 parking spaces for trucks.

As with all other Pilot Flying J locations, the Northfield Flying J Travel Plaza honors the MyRewards loyalty card. Pilot Flying J launched the MyRewards loyalty program in March of this year but continues to honor existing Frequent Fueler Advantage cards. Pilot and Flying J merged in 2010, and both brands are still available on U.S. highways.

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