TravelCenters of America Unveils State-of-the-Art Petro Stopping Centers Location in Gary, Indiana

  TravelCenters of America Unveils State-of-the-Art Petro Stopping Centers
  Location in Gary, Indiana

Business Wire

WESTLAKE, Ohio -- May 28, 2013

TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), operator of the TA® and Petro
Stopping Centers® travel center brands, today opened its newly rebuilt Petro
Stopping Centers facility in Gary, Indiana. Located at I-80/I-94, Exit 9,
(3001 Grant Street), on 29 acres of land, Petro Gary opened this morning with
a ribbon cutting event attended by TravelCenters senior management and
location staff, Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson and members of the Common
Council.

TravelCenters designed and decorated the facility’s interior to commemorate
the City of Gary, also known as Steel City, as well as the many truckers who
have hauled steel and myriad other materials and products that keep America
moving. TravelCenters and Gary City Officials have worked closely together to
ensure that this newly constructed facility will have a positive impact on the
City and its economic development, as well as provide professional drivers and
local customers the finest in travel center amenities.

Specifically, Petro Gary, open 24/7/365, offers:

  *450 truck parking spaces, 62 car parking spaces;
  *16 diesel lanes, all equipped to pump bulk DEF, and 12 BP-branded gasoline
    fueling locations;
  *an 8-bay Petro:Lube truck service facility, and RoadSquad™ emergency
    roadside service, available 24/7/365;
  *A 160-seat state-of-the-art Iron Skillet® full-service restaurant with a
    buffet and StayFit® menu options, and designated seating for professional
    drivers;
  *a 5,000 square-foot travel store stocked with driver merchandise,
    beverages, and fresh, to-go meal options, including better-for-you snack
    choices;
  *a combination Taco Bell/Pizza Hut quick-service restaurant;
  *15 driver showers operated by a fully automated reservation system, also
    accessible through the TA/Petro TruckSmart® mobile app;
  *a FREE StayFit® fitness room (free to professional drivers who are
    UltraONE® Driver Rewards Program members);
  *a laundry facility with machines that accept credit/debit card payments
    and send the user a text message when the cycle is finished;
  *a full-service Verizon® UltraMobile wireless store;
  *Reserve-It™ Parking that allows professional drivers to reserve a parking
    space;

  *Professional driver movie, TV, and game rooms;
  *WiFi, ATM, check cashing, TripPak services, and much more!

TravelCenters purchased the Petro Gary 29-acre site in May 2011. A
groundbreaking event in collaboration with the city of Gary was held November
20^th of last year. In just over six months, after battling a severe winter
and numerous spring storms, 23 acres have been developed, including more than
46,000 square feet of building space.

The expansive parking lot -- a highly regarded characteristic of TA and Petro
locations -- is easy-to-maneuver and has 450 truck parking spaces. This the
13^th location within the TA and Petro full-service network with more than 400
truck spaces, more than four times the number of locations offering this
amenity than other truckstop chains combined.

“We rebuilt this travel center with the professional driver in mind. I hope
you will come see the grand driver entrance, the wide open space and the level
of care and planning that went into this facility. I’m particularly proud of
the huge, well-lit parking lot,” said Tom O’Brien, President and CEO of
TravelCenters. “TA and Petro locations average nearly 200 truck parking spots
per location, which averages to be nearly double that of other chains.”

In April, TravelCenters, the city of Gary’s New Jobs New Day initiative, and
Work One NW Indiana partnered to provide job opportunities for Gary local
residents. A series of job fairs were held to hire 160 full- and part-time
employees in the travel store, full- and quick-service restaurants, fuel
business and truck service areas. Since the groundbreaking, Mayor
Freeman-Wilson has been very pleased about the TravelCenters and City of Gary
partnership and is very optimistic regarding the favorable economic impact
Petro Gary will have on the city.

“Today’s ribbon cutting represents another win for the City of Gary,” said
Freeman-Wilson. “This is a first rate facility that our citizens will be able
to patronize and most important, Gary residents are also being employed.”

TA and Petro conducted the annual independent survey of Overdrive magazine
readers in late 2012. The results showed that drivers prefer TA and Petro over
the next closest truck stop brand 4:1 for the best overall truckstop category.
TA and Petro dominated the survey in 33 other categories, including largest
parking lots 5:1; best overall food 6:1; most comprehensive driver services
3:1; cleanest showers and restrooms 3:1; best fitness facilities 6:1; best
overall truck repair 4:1; and most competent technicians 7:1. These ratios
depict driver preference for TA and Petro versus the next closest truck stop
brand.

About TravelCenters of America LLC

TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), headquartered in Westlake, Ohio,
is a leading travel center business in 42 states and Canada operating under
the TA® and Petro Stopping Centers® brands. With 247 convenient full-service
locations off interstate highway exits, TA and Petro Stopping Centers offer
customers diesel and gasoline fueling services, more than 500 full- and
quick-service restaurants, 24-hour convenience stores, heavy truck maintenance
services, RoadSquad Connect™ (24/7/365 emergency roadside service),
Reserve-It™ (truck parking reservations), and many other services – all within
large, high traffic facilities. For more information on TravelCenters and TA,
please visit www.tatravelcenters.com. For more information on Petro Stopping
Centers, please visit www.petrotruckstops.com.

Contact:

TravelCenters of America
Tom Liutkus, 440-808-7364
tliutkus@ta-petro.com
 
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