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Great Idea: Movable Placards Where: Guthrie Travel Center, Guthrie, OK

April 19, 2018

Great Idea: Movable Placards Where: Guthrie Travel Center, Guthrie, OK

If you look over Guthrie Travel Center in Guthrie, Oklahoma, from left to right—from the cooler to the coffee area—you’d see they’ve done a nice job highlighting their offerings with signage and that includes the movable placards over their coolers.

April 19, 2018

Attract Customers Through Signage

Signage is one of the most important tools to connect with customers. It not only attracts customers from the street and draws them into the location, but also communicates sales or promotions, spurs point-of-sale purchases and directs customers where to go.

Great Ideas in Action at Frog City Travel Plaza & Casino, Shreveport, La

November 1, 2017

Great Ideas in Action at Frog City Travel Plaza & Casino, Shreveport, La

During a recent remodel, the Frog City Travel Plaza & Casino in Shreveport, Louisiana, added a giant ceiling fan to reduce power bills. “I saw one when I was gathering ideas for our remodel and knew it would be a good fit for our space,” said Greg Barro, owner.

Giant Lollipops and Much, Much More at Busy Bee

November 1, 2017

Giant Lollipops and Much, Much More at Busy Bee

Busy Bee is headquartered in Madison, Florida, and includes two truckstops and 16 convenience stores located primarily in Florida. Busy Bee #14 in Jasper, Florida, has ten full-time employees and a leased Huddle House. Busy Bee #25 in Live Oaks, Florida, is a bustling 22,000 square feet.

Truckstop Operators Fill The Room with Great Ideas at NATSO's Conference

November 1, 2017

Truckstop Operators Fill The Room with Great Ideas at NATSO's Conference

The sharing took place during the Great Ideas! for Independent Operators Workshop during The NATSO Show 2017, and operators tackled everything from food service to point-of-sale technology.

Add Fidget Spinners to Your Truckstop

September 1, 2017

Add Fidget Spinners to Your Truckstop

Fidget spinners have taken the world by storm, and Cash Magic Truck Plaza and Casino, which operated 22 locations in Louisiana is cashing in on the trend. The company originall put a box of 36 in each of its stores right on the checkout counter and sold out within a couple of days.

Pop-Up Fitting Room

June 30, 2017

Pop-Up Fitting Room

Target has developed a fitting room that could be placed in an existing space or built-in as part of new construction.

The Willkomm Companies Holds a Fundraiser for the Homeless

May 1, 2017

The Willkomm Companies Holds a Fundraiser for the Homeless

For the last seven years, employees and customers at the Willkomm Companies’ five locations have joined together to raise funds to support two local homeless shelters—HALO of Racine and Shalom Center of Kenosha.

Great Idea: Add Eclectic Items to Your Truckstop Buffet

March 1, 2017

Great Idea: Add Eclectic Items to Your Truckstop Buffet

After concluding that drivers are tired of eating the same foods everywhere, L.G. Truckers City dba TA Wapakoneta in Wapakoneta, Ohio, started putting unusual meat products on its buffet. Items include duck in orange sauce, lamb, frog legs and pastisio, which is a Greek lasagna.

Great Idea in Action: New Employee Buttons

January 1, 2017

Great Idea in Action: New Employee Buttons

To help take some of the stress off of new cashiers and set customers’ expectations, Wade has new hires wear big yellow buttons that say, “Be patient. I am in training.”

Great Idea in Action: Bobby Bucks

January 1, 2017

Great Idea in Action: Bobby Bucks

White’s Petro Stopping Center in Raphine, Virginia, has its own currency—Bobby Bucks.

Great Idea in Action: We Pump Wednesday

January 1, 2017

Great Idea in Action: We Pump Wednesday

During lunch on Wednesdays at the truckstops of Miller Oil Co. in Norfolk, Virgina, customers are treated to the unusual luxury of having their fuel pumped.

Wawa Great Idea: Coffee and Cream and Sugar Stations

August 31, 2016

Wawa Great Idea: Coffee and Cream and Sugar Stations

Wawa coffee is a proprietary, private-label blend available only at Wawa stores. Wawa’s coffee station includes at least eight different varieties. In 2010 they changed their coffee from glass pots to thermals, and in 2012, Wawa began offering a full-service specialty beverage area where customers can order hand-made varieties of lattes, hot chocolates and more via touch screens. Since the year 2000, Wawa has served more than one billion cups of coffee.

Flags and Family at Ports to Plains

August 31, 2016

Flags and Family at Ports to Plains

If you drove up to Ports to Plains truckstop, located in Lamar, Colorado, the first thing you’d probably notice is their big American flag. “We have a 20-foot by 30-foot American flag out front and a dozen American flags around the facility,” said owner Jim Miller.

Petro Dodge City #397's Great Idea: Historic Outhouse

June 30, 2016

Petro Dodge City #397's Great Idea: Historic Outhouse

One of the ways Petro Dodge City #397 in Hanceville, Alabama, sets itself apart from its competition is by having an historic outhouse in its truckstop.

Where: Fuel King Napoleon Travel Center - Great Idea: Clothing Donation Dropoff

May 1, 2016

Where: Fuel King Napoleon Travel Center - Great Idea: Clothing Donation Dropoff

At their location in Napoleon, Ohio, owners Jack and Paul Grewal had heard from drivers looking to donate jackets at the end of the season so they could avoid hauling them around for an entire year. The drivers didn’t want to simply throw away the jackets, and the Grewals wanted to help facilitate drivers’ generosity.

Lancaster Travel Plaza, LLC's Great Idea: Solar Panel Farm

March 1, 2016

Lancaster Travel Plaza, LLC's Great Idea: Solar Panel Farm

Using federal and state grants, Lancaster Travel Plaza in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, added a solar panel farm to greatly reduce their energy bill. It will take six to seven years to recoup the cost of the equipment. After that, their electricity needs will be completely supported by the solar farm. Adding the solar farm took about four to five months. It involved applying for the grants, working with their electric company, getting approval from the town and installing the panels.

Where: White Petro Stopping Center

January 1, 2016

Where: White Petro Stopping Center

In the fall of 2015 White’s Petro Stopping Center in Raphine, Virginia, added a number of new amenities including a pharmacy. Owner Bobby Berkstresser first began thinking about adding the pharmacy when they added a doctors’ clinic in 2012.

Great Ideas from Sapp Bros.

January 1, 2016

Great Ideas from Sapp Bros.

As the editor of Stop Watch, I attended the tour to gather the locations’ best ideas to share with Stop Watch readers. The first day of the tour was spent at two Sapp Bros.’ locations, which I’ll share about.

Dedicated Pump for Rv Traffic at Anew Travel Center

November 1, 2015

Dedicated Pump for Rv Traffic at Anew Travel Center

Anew Travel Center, which is located in Zeeland, Michigan, is a family-ownedand-operated company with more than 65 years in the transportation industry. The Meeuwsen family decided to build their truckstop in 2013 to offer renewable energy sources, including ethanol and biodiesel blends, to end consumers.

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