Second travel center opens in Grand Junction

The second of two new travel centers has opened in Grand Junction, adding to the services offered travelers and truck drivers as well as residents.

Located near exit 26 off Interstate Highway 70, the Pilot Flying J Travel Center offers 20 fueling lanes, a McDonald’s Restaurant and convenience store.

“We’re thrilled that our new travel center will serve the Grand Junction community as well as contribute to the local economy,” said Jimmy Haslam, chief executive officer of Pilot Flying J. “We hope the local residents and those traveling through the Mesa County area will enjoy the convenience and amenities of our new Pilot Travel Center.”

The facility employs 60 people and is expected to contribute more than $3.1 million annually in state and local taxes.

The travel center includes 12 gasoline and eight diesel fueling lanes with high-speed pumps, a McDonald’s and a store offering casual foods and beverages as well as other products.

“We invite Grand Junction residents to visit our new location,” said Kregg Clemens, general manager. “Our staff takes great pride in providing the quality service our guests deserve.”

The location is the fourth in Colorado for Pilot Flying J, joining a combined network of more than 650 Pilot travel centers and Flying J travel plazas across North America.

The Pilot Travel Center is the second such facility to open in Grand Junction in as many months. In June, a Love’s Travel Stop opened near exit 26 on I-70. The Love’s center also employs a total of 60 people in full and part-time positions.

Love’s Travel Stop operates a total of more than 320 locations in 39 states, 10 in Colorado.

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