Pilot Flying J to remodel driver showers
Pilot Flying J plans to install all high-quality products including specially designed porcelain tile and new mold-resistant grout to improve maintenance and cleanliness of the shower, company officials said. (The Trucker file photo)
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Pilot Travel Centers LLC is making a $49 million investment to remodel and upgrade its existing network of showers.
By December 2013 Pilot Flying J will have upgraded all of the more than 4,400 showers in the network with 75 percent of the showers rebuilt over the next 18 months.
“Our fleet customers want drivers to have a great experience in the facilities where they are asked to purchase fuel,” said Mark Hazelwood, executive vice president of sales for Pilot Flying J. “We are doing whatever it takes to make a driver’s day the best it can be, and one of those things is to provide the most comfortable and relaxing shower experience possible.”
During remodeling, showers will remain open at each location.
As part of the upgrades, Pilot Flying J plans to install all high-quality products including specially designed porcelain tile and new mold-resistant grout to improve maintenance and cleanliness of the shower.
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The shower upgrades include many other improvements designed with the driver’s experience in mind, including:
• More hooks to hang and store personal items
• New shower gel
• Better ventilation
• iPod listening stations to allow drivers to play their own music
• Custom-designed benches for seating or to place personal belongings
• Softer, thicker, larger towels
• New cloth bathmats
• High-end, “spa-style” shower heads that provide ideal water pressure
“We want professional drivers to feel more at home when they visit our locations,” said Jimmy Haslam, CEO of Pilot Flying J. “We know that drivers just want a clean place to rest, relax and refresh before they have to get back out on the road. We listened to what features they wanted to see in our showers and are making these changes in order to provide the best shower facilities available to them while on the road.”
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