Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Truck Stop Network Enters OKC Market

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Truck Stop Network Enters OKC Market

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The nation's largest company-owned truck stop network is going west, and Oklahoma City is one of the stops along the way.

Speedway SuperAmerica has bought land southeast of Interstate 40 and MacArthur Boulevard with plans to build a 10,300-square-foot Speedway Travel Center. It will employ a staff of about 65 during its 24-hour operation.

An Enon, Ohio-based subsidiary of Marathon-Ashland Petroleum, Speedway has 150 locations in the Midwest and Southeast.

"Speedway SuperAmerica is in the process of an expansion all the way to the West Coast and increasing our fleet sales and our ability to use fleet credit programs and credit cards and customers," said spokesman Chuck Rice.

Construction on Oklahoma City's Speedway Travel Center will begin this summer on a 20-acre site, which allows for parking for 75 automobiles and more than 180 semi-trailer trucks. The center is expected to open early in 2002 offering 12 diesel fueling points with "pay at the pump" credit card-reading capability for truckers. Sixteen gasoline fueling points will also have "pay at the pump' for auto customers.

Exactly who will build the travel center was not known as yet, but it is estimated to cost about $1.5 million. Combined with $1.06 million property acquisition, the total project will cost about $2.5 million when finished.

"We offer a full line of services for people, with the laundry facilities, telephones, showers, convenience store, restaurant, game room and scales," said Speedway spokesman Troy Reynolds.

The travel center will feature about eight private showers, free with a minimum purchase of 50 gallons of gas. It is also free for both drivers if there is a team of drivers who need to get clean. The showers are also available, without a purchase, for a small charge. Deodorant soap, a large towel, washcloth, bath mat and shampoo are supplied.

The telephone room offers a multitude of AT&T phones, as well as table phones in the restaurant area, which include modem access for travelers using laptop computers.

The convenience store, which will offer an ATM, will have a selection of food and beverages.

"As one of America's leading convenience store operators" -- Speedway operates about 2,300 in the Midwest and Southeast -- "Speedway's buying power and streamlined operations result in extremely competitive prices one everything from quality food products to electronics, trucker supplies, oil and additives," Rice explained. …

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