TravelCenters of America Inc. is expanding its footprint through conversions.
The company, whose banners include TA, Petro Stopping Centers and TA Express, plans to open three new travel centers during June. The openings are all conversions of existing travel centers to TA-branded sites, part of TA’s broader, strategic turnaround initiatives, which includes plans to rapidly grow its nationwide travel center footprint through franchising.
With the three openings, TA will expand its network of total travel centers to 269. More openings are planned for 2020, in cities including Huntington, Oregon; Cookeville, Tennessee; Edgerton, Kansas and South Houston, Texas.
The planning opening for June are:
• June 2: TA Express opens in Vermillion, South Dakota;
• June 10: TA Express opens in Nacogdoches, Texas; and
• June 17: TA travel center to open in Lake City, Florida.
“Expanding our travel center network through partnerships with existing facilities is a key part of our growth strategy,” said Jon Pertchik, CEO of TA. “Whether it is a full service travel center or smaller format TA Express, this growth allows us to offer more drivers the fuel, restaurants and other services they need while doing their important jobs which, with the COVID-19 pandemic that is currently impacting our country, are more critical than ever.”
TA announced in May that it would focus on franchising to expand its network. Since the beginning of 2019, TA signed 18 new franchise agreements.
TA is the nation's largest publicly traded full-service travel center network, with more than 265 locations in 44 states and Canada under its assorted banners.