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Pilot Travel Centers President In Talks To Buy Stake In NFL Team

James Haslam III considers an investment in the Cleveland Browns. The president of Pilot Travel Centers LLC, James Haslam III, who is also a part owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers, is reportedly in talks with Cleveland Browns Owner Randy Lerner to buy part of the National Football League team, Bloomberg reported. Pilot Travel Centers LLC

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Pilot Flying J Invest In Deluxe Showers

Pilot Travel Centers wants to remodel 75% of its shower facilities over the next 18 months to give professional drivers a better store experience. Pilot Travel Centers LLC announced the company plans to invest $49 million to remodel and upgrade its network of showers for professional drivers. Pilot made plans to upgrade all of the

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Pilot Travel Centers Expands Franchise Agreement With Huddle House

Knoxville, Tenn.-based Pilot Flying J is expanding its partnership with Huddle House, an Atlanta-based restaurant chain, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported. Huddle House, which has more than 400 locations in 20 states, has signed franchise agreements with Pilot Travel Centers to open five new travel-center eateries in the next eight months. Already a location in

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Pilot Flying J Offers Free Winter Diesel Additive Program

“The goal of our winter diesel additive program is to give our customers added peace of mind and to make their winter driving experience a positive one,” says Flying J executive vice president. Pilot Flying J has announced its annual winter diesel additive program at participating Pilot Travel Centers and Flying J Travel Plazas in

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Pilot Flying J Completes Purchase of Bosselman Travel Centers

“These seven stops significantly enhance our network by shrinking the distance our customers travel to receive service in the Upper Midwest,” says Pilot Flying J president. Pilot Flying J and Bosselman Travel Centers Inc. today announced that the sale of seven Bosselman travel centers in the Midwest to Pilot Flying J has been completed. The

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Pilot Flying J Introduces Android App

“We’ve gotten terrific feedback on the app’s new and improved features since the launch of the iPhone version, and we’re pleased to expand its availability to users of Android devices,” says Pilot Flying J spokesperson. To kick off the New Year, Pilot Flying J has launched the Android version of its newly popular MyPilot smartphone

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Truckstop Sales Surge 10%

Total merchandise purchases by truckstops nationwide served by McLane Corp. increased 10% during the 2011 third quarter compared with a year earlier led largely by growth in automotive product and hot dispensed beverage sales, according to the McLane-NATSO Index. The index, designed to illustrate market trends within the truckstop and travel plaza industry by comparing

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Pilot Opens Two New Sites

Travel centers in Haines City, Fla., and Morgantown, W.Va., welcome customers. Pilot has opened two new travel centers with full amenities for professional drivers and the motoring public. The new sites are located  at 2309 Smithtown Rd. in Morgantown, W. Va., off Interstate 79 at Exit 146, and at 35647 U.S. Highway 27 North in

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Pilot Travel Center Shopper Wins Pemmican Sweepstakes

Marfood’s Pemmican Brand Beef Jerky has awarded its first $1,000 Giveaway winner. Elizabeth Pyle of San Antonio, Texas purchased Pemmican Brand Beef Jerky from her local Pilot Travel Center store just before the Holiday Season of 2010 and entered the Pemmican $1,000 Giveaway. To her surprise just before Christmas, she became the first winner of

Coffee’s Popularity Surges

You wouldn’t think something as simple as coffee could prove to be so complex a phenomenon—or one so indispensable to Americans. Turns out America can see its reflection in a cup of coffee—its economic worries, its desires for variety and small-scale luxury, and even its hopes for a brighter future. All of that swirls together

Understanding Your Foodservice Customers

Now more than ever convenience store executives recognize that both survival and prosperity depend on their ability to adapt to changing customer preferences and the evolving business environment. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the changing role of convenience stores as a foodservice provider for budget-conscious, time-sensitive consumers that have scaled back on restaurant

Love’s Opens Five Chester’s

Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores is opening five new Chester’s locations at its stores. The fried chicken foodservice offering is set to appear at Love’s locations in Corning, Calif., Tacoma, Wash., Des Moines (Clive), Iowa, Oak Creek, Wis., and Gary, Ind. Following the merger of Flying J Inc. and Pilot Travel Centers LLC, the

Flying J Loses Beer License

A Flying J truck stop in Sioux Falls, S.D., has lost its alcohol license after it was caught selling alcohol to minors four times in the last five years, Keloland TV reported.  The Sioux Falls City Council decided Monday night not to renew the store’s beer license.  “I know of many other businesses down here

Flying J To Emerge From Bankruptcy

A U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware has confirmed Flying J’s plan to reorganize and emerge from bankruptcy, repaying its creditors in cash plus interest, Truckinginfo.com reported. Flying J filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection back in December 2008, and since that time has been working to restructure. It officially merged retail operations with Pilot Travel

Pilot Flying J Gets Down To Business

Just two days after Pilot won Federal Trade Commission approval to acquire rival Flying Jay on Wednesday, the company, now called Pilot Flying J, isn’t wasting anytime getting busy with acquisitions, divestments and restaurant plans. As of today, Pilot Flying J-an entity of more than 550 interstate travel centers and travel plazas in 43 states

Pilot And Flying J Complete Merger

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) yesterday gave final approval to Flying J to merge its travel plaza business with Pilot Travel Centers, Truckinginfo.com reported. The merger, effective July 1, is expected to help Flying J emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and create an entity of more than 550 interstate travel centers and travel plazas

Loves To Acquire 30 Flying J / Pilot Locations

Pilot Travel Centers and Flying J are planning to divest about 30 locations (10-15 of which are Pilot locations) to Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores, for an estimated $3 million to $5 million per location, The Trucker reported. The move is an attempt by Pilot and Flying J to alleviate concerns the Federal Trade

Pilot Measures Labor Hours

Pilot Travel Centers LLC is using RedPrairie Corp.’s Workforce Management solution to match actual labor hours to budgeted labor hours at its more than 310 Travel Centers nationwide. “We originally selected RedPrairie’s solution based on their dedication to our business, and the long-term value we felt their software would provide,” said Rick Ellison, operations director of Pilot

iPhone App Locates Pilot Travel Centers

Professional drivers and motorists can now locate the nearest Pilot Travel Center anywhere in North America with a new free iPhone application introduced this month. “We appreciate the fact that many loyal Pilot customers only look for Pilot Travel Centers when they are on the road, and this online tool makes it very easy to

Capitalizing on Coffee

Opportunity for Growth 54% of the overall adult population drank coffee beverages daily in 2009. Coffee preparation at home is up five percentage points, with 83% of past-day coffee drinkers reporting that they made coffee at home the day before. 80% of coffee drinkers are doing nothing different despite the economic downturn. 17% are visiting

Flying J Files Reorganization Plan

Ogden, Utah-based Flying J Inc., which filed for bankruptcy in December 2008, has filed a plan of reorganization through which it would repay all senior creditors by divesting most of its assets, including its travel center and trucking operations, Reuters reported. Flying J filed for bankruptcy due to a drop in oil prices and tighter

Vendors Help Prepaid Prosper

Prepaid services are revolutionizing the way customers do business today. From unbanked customers to students and others looking to reduce their outstanding debt, prepaid debit cards and bill pay services offer customers a payment solution without the drawback of monthly interest charges. Retailers agree that choosing a vendor that will work with your chain to

Smokeless Tobacco Market Includes New Flavor Innovations And Increased Consumer Demand

A perfect storm of societal, legislative, retail and economic factors in 2009 appears poised to push sales of smokeless products—the fastest-growing tobacco category—higher than ever. Convenience store retailers and marketers of such leading brands as Copenhagen, Skoal, Redman, Timberwolf, Kodiak, Red Seal, Rooster, Grizzly, Husky and Longhorn have already seen a flurry of activity on

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