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Start Now to Create a Promotion Calendar for Your Truckstop for 2018 [Infographic]

November 1, 2017

Start Now to Create a Promotion Calendar for Your Truckstop for 2018 [Infographic]

Seasonal promotions can be a great way to create a theme that can draw attention to products, boost sales and make customers feel good. Operators can create a seasonal promotional calendar now to bring excitement and fun to their locations throughout 2018.

A Destination Spot for the Professional Truck Driver and the Local Community in Columbia, South Carolina

June 30, 2017

A Destination Spot for the Professional Truck Driver and the Local Community in Columbia, South Carolina

This spring, TravelCenters of America (TA) opened a new Petro Stopping Center in Columbia, South Carolina. The 42,000-square-foot facility has eight diesel lanes, parking for 134 trucks, 10 showers, a CAT Scale, a Minute Mart convenience store, a very large game center, a t.v./movie room and a workout room.

Manage Food Costs to Increase Margins and Maximize Profits

April 30, 2017

Manage Food Costs to Increase Margins and Maximize Profits

Managing food costs is a key way to improve restaurant margins, and even small changes can result in big savings over the course of a year. Truckstop and travel plaza operators said they take a multifaceted approach to address supply costs as well as food waste and theft.

Iowa 80 Celebrates 50 Years with Menu Prices from 1964

June 2, 2014

Iowa 80 Celebrates 50 Years with Menu Prices from 1964

Iowa 80 Kitchen, the 300-seat full service restaurant in the Iowa 80 Truckstop in Walcott, Iowa, is celebrating 50 years in business on June 4. As part of its celebration, the restaurant is offering customers an opportunity to order from a special menu featuring food items priced as they were on opening day in 1964.

A Day in the Life of a NATSO Truckstop Operator: Keith Wade, Petro Dodge City #397

November 8, 2013

A Day in the Life of a NATSO Truckstop Operator: Keith Wade, Petro Dodge City #397

When you’re preparing to greet 1,000 drivers or more a day, mornings come early. For Keith Wade, operations director at Petro Dodge City #397 in Hanceville, Ala., each day starts with two cups of coffee and plenty of conversation with his staff. He likes to learn what is going on in each department and hear about the managers’ plans for the day.

New Ideas and Trends in Food Service

June 20, 2013

New Ideas and Trends in Food Service

For truckstops and travel plazas, restaurants are among the most important profit centers at the locations. Sit-down and quick-service restaurants alike attract four-wheeler traffic, professional drivers and locals. Even better, restaurant and foodservice sales are expected to reach a record high of $660.5 billion this year, the National Restaurant Association reported. That’s a 3.8 percent increase from 2012.

Orion Food Systems President Steve Watkins Joins Trade Delegation to China

May 13, 2013

Orion Food Systems President Steve Watkins Joins Trade Delegation to China

Orion Food Systems President Steve Watkins joined South Dakota governor Dennis Daugaard and other executives as part of a trade delegation to China.

Visual Study Tour: Valuable Business Insights from Abroad

April 18, 2013

Visual Study Tour: Valuable Business Insights from Abroad

Attending the International Study Tour in person is the best way to gather valuable business insights abroad, but as a distant second best, Darren Schulte, NATSO’s vice president of membership, is providing readers with a virtual tour of his trip through pictures he gathered last fall.

Pilot Flying J Announces New Fast, Casual Dining Concept

April 1, 2013

Pilot Flying J Announces New Fast, Casual Dining Concept

Pilot Flying J announced that it is launching a new fast, casual dining concept at select travel centers and travel plazas nationwide,

Iowa 80 Kitchen, Johnson's Corner and Lee Hi Travel Plaza on Travel Channel's Show

March 25, 2013

Iowa 80 Kitchen, Johnson's Corner and Lee Hi Travel Plaza on Travel Channel's Show

Iowa 80 Kitchen, Johnson's Corner and Lee Hi Travel Plaza are scheduled to be featured on the Travel Channel's Show Food Paradise, being renamed Truck Stop Paradise, for this episode, on March 27. The episode will feature food at truckstops, and the film crew spoke with customers about their favorite dishes as well as why they keep coming back. The episode airs at 10 p.m. Eastern time.

A Day in the Life of a Truckstop Operator: Mark Russell

March 10, 2013

A Day in the Life of a Truckstop Operator: Mark Russell

Industry suppliers know that understanding their customers increases service levels in addition to profits. While no two days are ever exactly the same for truckstop and travel plaza operators, Highway Business Matters sat down with Mark Russell, director of operations for Russell’s Truck and Travel Center 2, near Amarillo, Texas to learn about a typical day.

A Day in the Life of a Truckstop Operator: Michael Sibley

January 12, 2013

A Day in the Life of a Truckstop Operator: Michael Sibley

For Michael Sibley, Travel Center in LaPlace, La., work is spread between his home office and the travel plaza.

Experts on Loan: In NATSO's Human Library

January 1, 2013

Experts on Loan: In NATSO's Human Library

At The NATSO Show 2013, NATSO will host its popular Human Library sponsored by Bridgestone Commercial Solutions. A handful of experts with decades of experience will be on loan for customized, one-onone learning experiences operators can tailor to their own objectives.

Laplace Travel Center, Poker and Plenty More

January 1, 2013

Laplace Travel Center, Poker and Plenty More

Michael Sibley, President of LaPlace Travel Center in LaPlace, La. talks to Stop Watch about how he has improved his business.

Barbecue Moves from the Backyard Grill to Restaurant Menus

December 26, 2012

Barbecue Moves from the Backyard Grill to Restaurant Menus

While barbecue is synonymous with summertime, leading restaurant operators have picked up on the trend and many are using limited-time offers to feature barbecue throughout the summer and even as a winter-time meal.Adding new barbecue offerings to menus could boost sales for truckstop and travel plaza operators and industry suppliers while also increasing customer satisfaction.

Fast- and Fast-Casual Restaurants Sales Continue to Grow

November 10, 2012

Fast- and Fast-Casual Restaurants Sales Continue to Grow

Limited-service restaurants are the driving force behind the commercial foodservice industry, and account for more than half of total industry sales despite their low check averages in comparison to full-service restaurants.

History, Homemade Food and a Driver Focus in Wapakoneta, Ohio

November 1, 2012

History, Homemade Food and a Driver Focus in Wapakoneta, Ohio

A history-packed past, made-from-scratch food and an emphasis on customer service keep customers flocking to L.G. Truckers City dba TA Wapakoneta in Wapakoneta, Ohio.

Consumers Adhere to Three Meals Daily But Snack Often

October 1, 2012

Consumers Adhere to Three Meals Daily But Snack Often

By offering the right mini-meals and snacks, truckstop and travel plaza operators and industry suppliers can tap into this trend and boost sales.

Menu Labeling Legislation Introduced in Senate

September 24, 2012

Menu Labeling Legislation Introduced in Senate

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) last week introduced S. 3574, the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act of 2012.

A Day in the Life of a Truckstop Operator: Tristen Griffith

September 15, 2012

A Day in the Life of a Truckstop Operator: Tristen Griffith

Emails, phone calls, employees, guests, vendors, spreadsheets and financials are always a continuous work in progress.

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