WALCOTT, Iowa — Iowa 80 Truckstop has initiated a $10 million expansion and remodeling project that will add 23,000 square feet to its already 100,000-square-foot main building.
As soon as this year’s Walcott Truckers Jamboree concluded, a construction fence went up and the project began.
The massive undertaking is being completed in three phases.
Phase One includes infrastructure upgrades to drainage, transformers and a new fiber optic network, which are mostly complete.
Phase Two extends the building to the west toward new gas islands that were installed last year.
The food court will shift to this area and include one to two more food concepts for a total of 10 restaurant choices.
New food preparation areas and equipment will be installed throughout.
The convenience store will be expanded to offer more options for healthy grab-and-go foods.
A semi and antique trucks will be added to the main entry and merchandise areas will be expanded to better serve customers.
“The new entry is going to be really beautiful and welcoming,” said Delia Moon Meier, senior vice president.
In Phase Three of the project drivers will be welcomed onto a boulevard that leads them to the diesel islands, truck service center, Truckomat truck wash and truck parking areas.
“We will have an extra wide roadway with curbs, lighting and signage,” Meier said. “There will even be a beautiful new arch welcoming drivers into the truck entrance. We really want this to have a Main Street USA feel.”
Truck parking areas will also be reconfigured to pull-in, pull-out spaces to provide better organized traffic flow for drivers.
The 900 truck parking spaces will be retained with the likelihood of expanding.
Iowa 80 will remain open providing all services and amenities during the expansion and remodeling.
“We know drivers depend on us, so we will do whatever it takes to provide the products and services they need,” Meier said.
All phases of construction and remodel are scheduled to be finished by the end of 2018. Progress photos will be posted periodically on the Iowa 80-World’s Largest Truckstop Facebook page.
Iowa 80 Truckstop is also home to the Walcott Truckers Jamboree each July.
The Iowa 80 Truckstop is located in Walcott, Iowa, and is part of the Iowa 80 Group that also owns Joplin 44 Petro, Joplin, Missouri; Oak Grove 70 Petro, Oak Grove, Missouri; Kenly 95 Petro, Kenly, North Carolina; Truckomats in North Little Rock, Arkansas; Temple, Georgia; Effingham, Illinois; Indianapolis, Indiana; Walcott, Iowa; Joplin, Missouri, Oak Grove, Missouri; Kenly, North Carolina; Hebron, Ohio; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and Laredo, Texas. CAT Scale Co., the Iowa 80 Trucking Museum and the IOWA80.COM mail-order trucking accessories catalog and e-commerce website are also part of the Iowa 80 Group.