Grand Opening: TravelCenters of America

By 
Mitch Morrison, Vice President & Retail Executive Platform Director, Winsight

TravelCenters of America

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- TravelCenters of America opened a new travel center in Columbia, S.C., earlier this year. Built on about 24 acres, the site includes a 4,500-square-foot convenience store, 6,700-square-foot arcade, 16-lane bowling alley and much more.

Here's a look inside the Westlake, Ohio-based chain's newest location ...

Photography by Jeff Hammond

TravelCenters of America

With trucker traffic, a major university and a large, local residential neigborhood to serve, this TA site offers a variety of food, snacks, beverages, general merchandise and entertainment.

TravelCenters of America

The site’s Quaker Steak & Lube full-service restaurant offers indoor and outdoor seating.

TravelCenters of America

Multiple beers on tap and racing memorabilia await visitors to the restaurant.

TravelCenters of America

Inside the c-store, warmers hold hot sandwiches, while nearby racks tempt with a sweet treat for dessert.

TravelCenters of America

Sixteen cooler doors hold everything from six-packs of beer to carbonated soft drinks and energy drinks.

TravelCenters of America

The snack and candy aisle offers a selection of meat snacks made with elk, venison and other game meats.

TravelCenters of America

Customers can grab general-merchandise items, including toys, from the site’s Minit Mart convenience store. The store also carries clothing and an “entertainment headquarters” section with DVDs and tech accessories.

TravelCenters of America

The 16-lane bowling alley attracts families as well as league events.

TravelCenters of America

Drivers can tidy up in one of the site’s touch-free restrooms.

TravelCenters of America

Young and young-at-heart customers take a turn in the 6,700-square-foot arcade packed with games old and new.

TravelCenters of America

If a vehicle is in need of repairs, the truck doctor is in.