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Take a Look at Zip Travel Center

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 or (915) 526-5820 to learn more about the costs and details of this service.

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.

Earlier this year I was able to visit Zip Travel Center in Salome, Arizona, and I’d love to take you on a virtual tour.

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Reviews left on Google have nice things to say about the location, too. One reviewer said: “Has fairly decent parking in and around the truck stop, but what I like about it is they have the trucker's counter separate from the regular travelers check stand, which allows us truck drivers to get in and out a little faster, and I thank the owner for creating that.” Another said, “Great coffee and nice restrooms. I make it a point to stop here.”

It is always great to see positive feedback on a NATSO member location! 

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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.


 Photos Credit: NATSO/Darren Schulte

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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.