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NATSO Blog: Truckstop Travels

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See How Shell UPA! Travel Plaza Invites Customers Inside

Posted in: Truckstop Travels

We stopped at a Shell UPA! when we were in Chile during one of our NATSO International Study Tours. I think there are a lot of lessons NATSO members can take away from the location.

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Eclectic Offerings, Amazing Design Spur Sales at Slovacek’s Truckstop

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During the Good to Great Session at NATSO Connect, Mike Lawshe, president of Paragon Solutions and a fellow panelist, told us about one of his favorite locations, Slovacek’s, a market, café and fuel stop in West Texas.

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Stop and See ‘The Thing’ at Bowlin Travel Center

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Bowlin Travel Centers operates ten locations in New Mexico and Arizona, and the Arizona location on I-10 and exit 322, 17 miles east of Benson and about 40 miles east of Tucson, excels at marketing. The location is famous for ‘The Thing,’ a roadside attraction that it touts on billboards up and down the interstate.

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There is Something for Everyone at Quicklee’s

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Quicklee’s Travel Center in Avon, New York, is another great example of a beautiful location. The location is highly recognized on sites, such as Trucker Path. The location is 19,000 square feet and sits on nearly 10 acres. Inside there is something for everyone. Like every modern travel center, there are the traditional c-store snacks, candy and beverages, and electronics and truck accessories. The store colors, use of different materials, and the layout and design make this operation POP from a visual standpoint.

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Take in the COPEC Truckstop Experience

Posted in: Truckstop Travels

During the Good to Great Session at NATSO Connect, the other panelists and I shared some of our favorite examples of locations that are doing things well. I took the opportunity to highlight COPEC, a Chilean energy company with a chain of fueling stations throughout Chile.

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See How Yesway’s Wes-T-Go Shines

Posted in: Truckstop Travels

On one of my recent trips, I stopped at Yesway’s Wes-T-Go Travel Center in Tye, TX. It is another great NATSO member location that has a lot to see. Take a look at their great signage, eclectic mix of gift items and the overall clean, welcoming location.

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Take a Look at Zip Travel Center

Posted in: Truckstop Travels

As you know, I’m a big fan of touring truckstop and travel plaza locations. So much of what we do in our industry is similar to what the person down the street does—we all offer food and fuel, but it can be fun to see how locations do it differently.

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There is Much to See at Danny’s Big Rig Resort Truckstop

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I’ve been on the road almost nonstop since NATSO Connect in Nashville, and have gotten to see several great locations. Danny’s Big Rig Resort in Phoenix, Arizona, was among my recent stops. It is a beautiful location, and I’d love to take you on a virtual tour.

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Find Inspiration and Solutions at NATSO Member Travel Plaza Locations

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One of my favorite things about visiting NATSO member locations is discovering best practices, creative solutions and great ideas that can benefit others in the industry. This week, I dug into our archives and have dusted off some past posts that can provide some inspiration on everything from cleaning to signage.

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Davis Travel Centers Meets the Community’s Needs

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For Davis Travel Centers, which operates three locations in Virginia, meeting the needs of the traveling public and the community has always been a priority, and the location in Stony Creek offers everything from special treats for those traveling with pets to healthcare.

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