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Petro adds Indiana facility; tornado-devastated location resurrected

EL PASO, Texas -- Petro Stopping Centers LP has opened a new truckstop location in Remington, Ind., off of Interstate 65 at Exit 201 and U.S. Highway 24. The new Petro franchise location is owned by G&G Oil Co. and was previously operated as the Hoosier Heartland Truck Plaza.

The new site increases the size of the Petro Stopping Centers network to 63 nationwide locations, including four within the state of Indiana.

The Remington site has undergone extensive renovations over the past months in preparation for the conversion [image-nocss] to Petro and opening of its Iron Skillet Restaurant, Petro:Lube truck service center and Travel Store. The interior d acor has been updated throughout and the truck service bays, driver shower area, movie theatre and game room have all been expanded.

The location also offers eight fueling lanes and overnight parking for 150 trucks. The installation of a new Iron Skillet Buffet with carving station is planned for the fall.

"We currently operate two Petro franchise locations in Gaston and Greensburg, Ind." said Shane Neal, director of operations for Muncie, Ind.-based G&G Oil.

El Paso, Texas-based Petro Stopping Centers currently operates 63 interstate travel plazas across 31 states.

Separately, an Oklahoma truckstop, once destroyed by a tornado, is slated to reopen by the end of the month, according to a report by Hartland Travel Plazaformerly Bruce's Tulsa Truck Stopwill reopen along Interstate 44 in east Tulsa, Okla.

In 1993, the facility was destroyed by a tornado that swept through the area and killed seven people, some of whom were parked at Bruce's. The truckstop was rebuilt, but closed again in 2003 after it changed ownership several times and reached a state of disrepair.

The new 24-hour travel plaza has received a $2 million renovation. The new 16,000-sq.-ft. facility will include a convenience store, a Shell Oil fueling station with six diesel pumps and eight gasoline pumps, a 135-seat Country Kettle restaurant, a tire and repair shop and a chiropractor's office, said the report. The seven-acre truckstop will feature a new parking lot with space for 75 trucks.

Jerry Rhea, who will manage its operations, is one of three local investors pumping more than $2 million into the project, added a report by The Tulsa World. "It will look like a brand new location," with new signs, restructured fuel islands, a new parking lot and remodeled store and restaurant, Rhea told the newspaper.

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