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A Quick Look at Another Canadian Travel Center Location

Posted in: Truckstop Travels

Editor's note: Darren Schulte, NATSO vice president of membership, frequently visits NATSO members to review their locations and offers impactful merchandising and operations improvements. Contact Schulte at dschulte@natso.com or (915) 526-5820 to learn more about the costs and details of this service.

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After stopping at PetroCanada during my time up north, I was also able to visit Husky Energy’s location in Golden BC. This particular location is operated by the husband-and-wife team of Denise and Ken Scott.

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As I shared with the Scotts in person, while the location is an older site and is quite small, it is one of the friendliest, cleanest and most well-stocked locations you will come across in your travels throughout Canada.

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Denise and Ken do an exceptional job at understanding who their customers are and their product mix speaks to it. They have a tremendous amount of customers on tour from South Korea and their grab-n-go food selection as well as their immediate need foods from the grocery section, such as noodle soups, speak to that customer demographic.

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They have a 108-seat restaurant with homestyle cooking and breakfast all day. They have laundry and shower facilities, and they accept Comdata, T-Chek and EFS at their pumps.

Husky Energy offers more than 40 locations along major routes in Canada. They are currently branded Esso on both diesel and gas.

Here is some of what I saw: 

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/// Did you know most weeks can find Darren Schulte, NATSO's Vice President of Membership, visiting a NATSO member truckstop location, spending three to four days, using his merchandising and operations expertise to help them grow their business? Learn about NATSO’s Profitable Retail Review program here.

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Photos Credit: Darren Schulte/NATSO and Don Lang/DAS

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About the Author

Darren Schulte

Darren Schulte

Darren Schulte serves as Vice President of Membership at NATSO. In this role, he directs recruitment, retention and customer service for truckstop and travel plaza members. He is also responsible for developing NATSO products and programs, particularly those relating to education, research and training for truckstop and travel plaza operators.

Schulte also leads NATSO's Profitable Retail Review program. A Profitable Retail Review is a custom assessment of your truckstop, including recommendations for every aspect of your facility, from actionable ideas to improve revenue to tactical ways to improve your net operating costs. Learn about NATSO's Profitable Retail Review program here.

Schulte joined NATSO with nearly three decades of experience in truckstop and travel plaza operations and merchandising. Schulte has worked for: 

  • Love's Travel Stops and Country Stores,
  • HESS Corporation, 
  • Petro Stopping Centers, and
  • TSC Global/Barjan LLC.