Pilot Flying J Opens New Locations

PilotFlyingJAmple diesel lanes and a wide foodservice selection, including Cinnabon, greet customers.

Pilot Flying J has announced the opening of two new stores to better serve professional drivers: a Pilot Travel Center in Oakwood, Ill., and a Flying J Travel Plaza in Vandalia, Ohio.

“We’re thrilled that our new locations will serve professional drivers traveling on I-74 in Illinois and I-75 in Ohio,” said Pilot Flying J CEO Jimmy Haslam. “We hope drivers will enjoy the convenience and amenities at both of our new stores, where our teams are working hard to make life better for America’s drivers. We also hope drivers enjoy the fresh, healthy and quick food options at the newest PJ Fresh Marketplace at the Oakwood Pilot Travel Center.”

The Pilot Travel Center in Oakwood, Ill., is located off Interstate 74 at exit 206 at 503 N. Oakwood St. and offers many amenities, including:

•            Seven diesel lanes and 10 gasoline lanes with high-speed pumps for quicker refueling;

•            PJ Fresh Marketplace serving hot, hearty meals; breakfast platters; crisp salads; flavorful sandwiches; a frozen yogurt bar; pizza; hot dogs; and more.

•            Cinnabon;

•            Premium coffee and cappuccino selections; and

•            Everyday products for quick shopping needs.

The new Oakwood facility is Pilot Flying J’s 38th in Illinois. The travel center is adding 80 local jobs and is expected to contribute more than $3.4 million annually in state and local tax revenue.

The Flying J Travel Plaza in Vandalia, Ohio, is located off Interstate 75 at exit 64 at 175 Northwoods Blvd. and offers many amenities, including:

•            Eight diesel lanes and 12 gasoline lanes with high-speed pumps for quicker refueling;

•            Subway and Cinnabon;

•            Expanded food offerings to include pizza, soup, salads, sandwiches and hot dogs;

•            Premium coffee and cappuccino selections; and

•            Everyday products for quick shopping needs.

The new Vandalia facility is Pilot Flying J’s 34th in Ohio. The travel plaza is adding 60 local jobs and is expected to contribute more than $4.3 million annually in state and local tax revenue.

“We invite professional drivers to visit our new locations,” Haslam said. “Our staff takes great pride in providing the quality service our guests deserve.”

Opening the new stores is one more step in Pilot Flying J’s mission to making life better for America’s drivers. In 2011, the company launched a $50 million project to remodel driver showers, and it offers DEF at the pump in more than 3,400 lanes nationwide. In the past year, Pilot Flying J has opened 20 stores in the U.S. and three in Canada.

As with all other Pilot Flying J locations, the new stores honors the MyRewards loyalty card, through which members can earn in-store retail and restaurant discounts. The combined network of over 650 Pilot travel centers and Flying J travel plazas across North America serves more than 1.3 million customers daily.

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