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Coffee Cup Fuel Stops/Travel Plazas Offers Warm Smiles and Seating

Coffee Cup Fuel Stops has several great locations, and their Vermillion stop is no different. The location is warm and welcoming and has great signage and encourages customers to make their way from the fuel islands to the inside.

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How Biodiesel Can Help Increase Your Fuel Margins

Posted in: Fuel and Trucking, Biodiesel

Winter is finally in the rearview mirror and the busy summer travel season is almost here. This is the time of year many of the travel centers REG works with increase their biodiesel blend levels to take advantage of the economic benefits the renewable fuel brings.

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Finding and Fostering Great Ideas with NATSO

Posted in: Great Ideas, Truckstop Business

Technology is changing, the retail experience is changing and customers needs are changing. That means NATSO members must observe the trends and innovate to remain relevant.

Finding and applying great ideas has become so important.

The good news is NATSO provides many ways to gather ideas.

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Stop and See ‘The Thing’ at Bowlin Travel Center

Posted in: Truckstop Travels

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

Posted in: Truckstop Travels

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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See How Sunrise Pilot Travel Center #880 Meets its Customers’ Needs

Sunrise, Pilot Travel Center #880 in Port Jervis (Montague), New Jersey, which is owned by the Awad Family Corp., is another example of the great things NATSO members are doing.

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3 Reasons To Care About The Cold Coffee Category from S&D Coffee & Tea

Posted in: Truckstop Business, Marketing & Retail

Iced coffee. Cold brew coffee. Frozen coffee.

These aren’t just variations on a theme; each is a distinct member of a larger beverage category that is gaining prominence: cold coffee.

When it comes to the cold coffee category, operators need to pay attention. Here are three reasons to care about the cold coffee category.

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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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