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Pilot Providing Vaccine Incentive for Frontline Team Members

Retailer will pay $75 to hourly employees, drivers, general managers who get the COVID-19 shot
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Pilot Co. will offer a one-time, $75 incentive to team members who choose to get the COVID-19 vaccine, the travel center company has announced. The incentive will be available to all Pilot hourly team members, professional drivers and general managers in the United States and Canada.

"Our team members and drivers have been on the front lines keeping our travel centers going and the economy moving since the start of the pandemic," said Shameek Konar, CEO of Pilot. "We are incredibly proud of their dedication to serving our guests and supplying fuel across North America. Now, as the COVID-19 vaccine becomes more available, we hope to make it easier for our team members who choose to get vaccinated."

Pilot is not mandating that any team members get the vaccine. On the recommendations of federal and state medical experts, the company is encouraging team members to get vaccinated based on the advice of their primary care physician.  

As an essential retailer, Pilot is committed to keep its team and customers safe, keep its trucks and professional drivers rolling to deliver fuel and keep its travel centers open, it said. Throughout the past year of the pandemic, it has put additional safety, cleaning and sanitizing procedures in place.

  • Pilot is No. 13 on CSP’s 2021 Top 40 update to the Top 202 ranking of c-stores by store count. And click here to read Pilot Co.: Ready to Soar, CSP’s February 2021 cover story detailing the new leadership’s plans for the retailer.

Founded in 1958 and based in Knoxville, Tenn., Pilot has grown its network to more than 1,000 retail and fueling locations. Through the company's network of fueling locations, it serves 1.5 million guests per day and provides more than 30,000 direct fleet customers with solutions for fuel, credit, factoring, services and rewards. Its Pilot Flying J Travel Center network includes more than 750 locations in 44 states and six Canadian provinces with more than 680 restaurants, 74,000 truck parking spaces, 5,300 showers and 6,200 diesel lanes, and it offers truck maintenance and tire service through Southern Tire Mart at Pilot Flying J. And its One9 Fuel Network connects more than 240 locations across the United States.

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