KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Pilot Flying J, the largest operator of travel centers in North America, expanded in 2016 by adding 58 additional locations, the company reported January 11.
The total includes 17 new travel centers plus 41 former Speedway/Wilco locations, which were converted as a joint venture with Speedway LLC.
"Working with Speedway, as part of PFJ Southeast LLC, has allowed us to quickly and easily grow our presence in the heavily traveled Southeastern corridors," said Pilot Flying J President Ken Parent. "We're excited for the convenience these additional locations will bring to our guests and trucking company customers."
Pilot Flying J added more than 1,000 local jobs to the communities in which it expanded, Parent said, adding that each new location features full amenities for professional drivers, as well as area residents and travelers. The company now offers more than 750 North American locations, 74,000 parking spaces and 5,100 showers, the company stated.
Pilot Flying J also recently released myPilot, a newly-enhanced mobile app. Professional drivers now have the ability to save time with the app’s “mobile fueling” feature which allows drivers to pay through the app. Drivers can also use the app to check which diesel pump is likely to open up next, reserve a shower, view store listings, get directions and receive and store electronic receipts, etc., according to the company.
“All guests can save $.03 per gallon on gasoline and auto diesel when they use the myPilot app,” the company stated, adding that the app is available for download in the app store or Google Play.
"2016 has been an exciting year of growth," Parent said. "We've made investments in new locations throughout the country, and we've developed agreements with partners like Speedway. This is part of Pilot Flying J’s continued commitment to growth, and another step in our mission to connecting people and places with comfort, care and a smile to better serve our customers and guests. We look forward to continued growth in the new year as well."
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