TA Opens Dunkin' Donuts at Petro Stopping Center in Mebane, N.C.

Also opens new Petro Stop in Ga., adds GPS to RoadSquad fleet, more

WESTLAKE, Ohio -- TravelCenters of America LLC has announced the opening of Dunkin' Donuts, America's favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, at the Petro Stopping Center in Mebane, N.C. The new location will be open from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., seven days a week and will employ approximately 18 crew members.

Customers will find signature menu items such as bagels, donuts, muffins, hot and iced coffee, lattes, Coolatta frozen drinks, and the DDSMART menu of better-for-you choices.

Dunkin' Donuts is a leading baked goods and coffee company in the world, selling 1.5 billion cups of hot and iced coffee and more than 1.9 billion donuts and Munchkins donut hole treats every year. Today, there are more than 10,000 Dunkin' Donuts restaurants worldwide, with more than 7,000 Dunkin' Donuts restaurants in 36 states, plus the District of Columbia, and more than 3,000 international restaurants in 31 countries.

The addition complements the full-service Iron Skillet restaurant.

Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin' Donuts is a subsidiary of Dunkin' Brands Group Inc.

In other company news, TravelCenters of America has announced the opening of a new Petro Stopping Center located at I-85, exit 160 in Carnesville, Ga., just northeast of Atlanta. The Carnesville Petro is the 70th full-service travel center in the Petro Stopping Center-branded chain and the 236th in the combined TA and Petro Stopping Center system.

Amenities at the Carnesville Petro Stopping Center include 250 truck parking spaces; 12 diesel lanes; 18 showers operating on a completely automated system, and accessible through the TruckSmart smartphone mobile app; a Petro:Lube truck service shop with five service bays;

Blue Beacon truck wash; and the UltraONE Rewards Program kiosk and swiping system.

The Carnesville Petro offers a variety of additional features and comforts for professional drivers, including a weigh scale, driver's lounge, WiFi; TripPak, faxing/copying, ATM, check cashing, laundry facility, game room and designated pet exercise area.

An Iron Skillet sit-down restaurant will open at this site early next month. Additionally, while the Carnesville Petro currently offers gasoline, it will soon add the BP branded.

The company also has announced that it recently completed its fleet-wide installation of GPS tracking technology on its RoadSquad fleet of more than 400 emergency road service vehicles.

"Our GPS technology allows us to know exactly where to find the downed driver and provides service technicians that drive our emergency service trucks with detailed directional information to the breakdown site. Our national dispatch center knows exactly where everyone is; that allows us to provide more accurate arrival time and status information to downed drivers, lowers our response times and gets our customers back in business faster," Tom O'Brien, president and CEO of TravelCenters, said.

"TravelCenters invested significant capital in the new system, which also provides critical RoadSquad fleet maintenance, operation and driver performance data. This data is critical to optimizing in-service time of all of the vehicles in the RoadSquad fleet, further enhancing the ability of the nation's largest owned fleet of emergency roadside vehicles to respond to customers' needs and get them back on the road," he said.

RoadSquad service trucks are driven by qualified technicians from TA Truck Service and Petro:Lube locations across the country. RoadSquad vehicles are equipped for, and technicians are trained to handle, a multitude of road side issues.

And TravelCenters of America said that it recently wrapped up its second annual "Band Together for SCF" campaign with $212,538.87 in donations to support the St. Christopher Truckers Development & Relief Fund (SCF). Customers and employees of TA and Petro Stopping Centers made donations from Nov. 15 to Dec. 31, 2011, to benefit truck drivers suffering from financial hardship due to medical problems.

During the six-week event, guests and employees of TA and Petro were invited to make donations of $1 or more, and commemorative wristbands were given to those who donated. Additionally, employees at many TA and Petro locations held other events to help raise money for SCF; 100% of all donations collected went to the organization.

TravelCenters of America, with headquartered in Westlake, Ohio, is a leading travel center business in 41 states and Canada operating under the TA and Petro Stopping Centers brands.