Monteagle, Tenn. – TravelCenters of America, Inc. has signed a franchise agreement to open a Petro Stopping Center in Monteagle, Tennessee. Operated by franchisees Brian Graber, Tammy Graber, and Rodney Kilgore, the new travel center will be built on 21 acres located at Interstate 24, exit 135. An opening date is expected for the first quarter of 2021.
The opening of the Petro Monteagle will add more than 300 truck parking spaces and bring 130 new jobs to the area. Restaurants planned for the travel center include Papa Johns, Bojangles, and Betty’s Kitchen, with amenities including a barbershop, fitness center, driver’s lounge, laundry facilities, and pet wash.
“Our franchise team has been working hard to expand our presence across the country,” said Dave Raco, Vice President of Franchise Operations. “We’re confident that the vast business experience or our new franchisees will bring the exceptional experience professional drivers have come to trust at our locations.”
“We’re pleased to franchise with such a highly-regarded brand in the travel center industry,” Rodney Kilgore continued, “Having built and developed businesses in Marion County for more than 20 and we are personally and professionally invested in the people passing through and the residents that call it home.”
“We’re proud to bring hundreds of jobs to the area and provide an oasis for all of the hard-working commercial truck drivers who provide for all of us by transporting essential items to everyone in the nation,” said Brian Graber. “We look forward to our new business endeavor and serving the community of Monteagle and the traveling public,” added Tammy Graber.
TA recently announced the acceleration fo its network expansion strategy by actively pursuing franchising opportunities for business growth. The Petro Monteagle is the seventh franchise agreement signed this year and the eleventh travel center to open in Tennessee.