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    Flying J Scales Back Foodservice Hours

    Travel plaza chain is pulling the third shift from many of its stores due to the economy.

    EMPORIA, Kan. -- Given current economic conditions, Flying J Inc. is cutting back the foodservice hours at several of its stores, The Emporia Gazette reported.

    The Flying J Travel Plaza in Emporia, Kan., shortened its foodservice hours because of the economy. Foodservice at the plaza previously ran 24 hours a day. Now, the restaurant will close from midnight to 5 a.m. Sunday through Thursday. The restaurant will stay open all night on Fridays and Saturdays.

    "It’s a corporate decision," the restaurant manager, Todd Wilson, told the newspaper. "With the economy on the downturn, corporate is pulling [the] third shift from a lot of stores."

    Flying J and its Big West Refining and Longhorn Pipeline subsidiaries filed for bankruptcy in December. The company operates approximately 250 travel plazas and fuel stations nationwide, employs more than 16,000 people in the United States and Canada, and is among the 20 largest privately held companies in America.

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