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    Pilot Travel Center Develops Two Locations

    Chain expands its reach with new stores in New Braunfels, Texas, and Jackson, Tenn.

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The Pilot Travel Center chain is growing, as the company opened a new location in New Braunfels, Texas, and will begin development of another facility in Jackson, Tenn., next month.

    The chain opened the 10,000-square-foot facility in New Braunfels, Texas, off Interstate 35 earlier this month, the San Antonio Business Journal reported. The location features eight fuel islands, nine diesel islands, a truck scale and seven showers, the report stated.
    Travelers will benefit from a McDonald's restaurant, Western Union, ATM, fax services, lottery, video games, laundry facilities, audio book rentals and a grill and deli.

    The company will also further its expansion with a new facility in Jackson, Tenn., which is slated to begin construction in mid-December, the Jackson Sun reported.

    The new facility, located on Christmasville Road, will be 7,000 square feet to 9,000 square feet, and will be completed in mid-2008, the report stated.

    The center will feature a convenience store and several gasoline and
    diesel pumps, along with a Denny's Restaurant, local developer Gary Taylor told the paper.

    "We feel like that [Pilot] will be a really good use for that particular property," Taylor said. "And the plan is to insert other commercial tenants that will be compatible to that use."

    The surrounding area could hold as many as 22 other buildings ranging from 5,000 square feet to 100,000 square feet, and could be restaurants, retail establishments and warehouses, according to the report.

    "There are several office warehouse individuals that are interested in that area," Taylor told the Sun.

    "Two-thirds of our business is car-related," Brad Butcher, senior real estate manager for Pilot, told the paper. "So we choose our business based on a lot of factors, not just trucking."

    "With what Gary is doing on the other side with development, there is good upside potential," said Butcher.

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