Headquarters:Knoxville, Tenn.
No. of Stores:735
Average Store Size:25,000 sq. ft.
Rank Last Year:15
States of Operation: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Pilot Flying J became the nation’s largest operator of truck stops and the largest seller of diesel fuel to over-the-road truckers after the merger of Pilot Travel Centers and Flying J in 2010. Catering to professional drivers and traveling motorists across the country, the company’s travel centers offer c-stores and a wide variety of well-known quick-service restaurants, most of which operate all day, along with amenities such as fueling stations, showers, Wi-Fi connectivity and ATMs.

In January 2017, the company made its foodservice strategy known by hiring a restaurant-industry veteran as its new vice president of food innovation. Shannon Johnson came to Pilot Flying J after stints as chief food innovation officer for KFC and product innovation director for McDonald’s USA. The hire fuels Pilot’s PJ Fresh Marketplace brand, modeled after a fast-casual positioning, with food options that include freshly made salads, fruit bowls, sandwiches, chicken wings, tacos, meatloaf entrees and roasted chicken dinners.

The focus is part of the company’s $485 million five-year modernization and expansion plan.

Source: Convenience Digital Resource Library, Technomic