Pilot Flying J, based in Knoxville, Tenn., has over 650 retail locations. Speedway, based out of Enon, Ohio, owns and operates about 2,770 stores in 22 states. It is a subsidiary of Marathon Petroleum Corp., of Findlay, Ohio.
According to a recently announced new partnership, 41 Speedway truck stops will now be renovated to become Pilot Flying J travel centres.
Based on their history of collaboration, the joint venture will be called PFJ Southeast LLC. It will consist of 120 travel plazas, located primarily in the southeastern United States.
CSP Daily News reported that Speedway will contribute 41 locations while Pilot Flying J will contribute 79 locations. All locations will either carry the Pilot or Flying J brand and will be operated by Pilot Flying J.
The company claims that the venture aims to better serve customers in areas of high growth, specifically the Southeast region. They will invest in upgrades and renovations which promise more parking and better dining.
The Pilot Flying J MyRewards loyalty card will be honoured at all of the newly renovated locations, through which members earn points with fuel purchases to redeem for discounts.
“This is another exciting chapter in a longstanding relationship between Pilot Flying J and Speedway.” said Ken Parent, president of Pilot Flying J.
Tony Kenney, president of Speedway, commented “Speedway’s core dedication to customer service, combined with Pilot Flying J’s expertise as an exceptional travel-center operator, will make PFJ Southeast LLC a premier choice for professional drivers throughout the Southeast.
“We will be able to provide additional amenities to our customers under the Pilot and Flying J brands and better service drivers in this region overall.”
A list of the 41 Speedway locations that will be renovated has not yet been released.