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Haslam named to NATSO Hall of Fame

041511maryville7_asb_14821.JPGKnoxville businessman and philanthropist James A. Haslam II will receive the hall of fame award 
 from the National Association of Truck Stop Operators next month, according to Convenience
 Store News.

Haslam, is the founder of Pilot Corp. and chairman emeritus of Pilot Flying J, the largest travel center operator in North America.

The award will be presented Feb. 5 and at an event in Savannah. His son, James A. “Jimmy” Haslam will present the award.

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Pilot Flying J reaches restaurant milestone

The largest travel center operator in North America is expanding its presence in the restaurant business.0306pilot.MP.jpg

Pilot Flying J recently opened its 300th company owned and operated restaurant and plans to open another 23 restaurants by the end of the year, the Knoxville-based company said Tuesday.

The 300th milestone was reached with the opening of a Huddle House at the company’s travel center in Anna, Texas, on June 11.

Pilot operates the largest travel center network in North America with more than 600 locations.

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Pilot Flying J expands — again

Update: Canada location corrected.

Pilot Flying J continues to expand its North American footprint. The Knoxville-
0306pilot.MP.jpgbased company announced today it will open seven new travel centers in June and July.

Six locations will be in the U.S. – Cleveland, Tenn.; Anna, Texas; Murdo, S.D.; Ferndale, Wash.; Klamath Falls, Ore.; Sioux City, Iowa – and one in Canada in Nanton, Alberta.

Pilot Flying J operates the largest travel center network in North America with more than 600 locations.

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College basketball dorms good for business

Our neighbors to the north have tossed down a challenge that University of Tennessee basketball fans cannot ignore.

I’m talking about the coal industry paying $7 million for a new residence for the University of Kentucky’s men’s basketball team. UT cannot afford to fall behind the basketball lodge race. UT athletics are too important to the Tennessee economy to let the Wildcats have the upper hand.

Perhaps the country music industry will come to the rescue and fund a new residence hall for the basketball Vols. Or maybe the travel center industry, which is pretty much dominated by Knoxville’s own Pilot Flying J, could come up with a few million dollars.

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Pilot spending big to upgrade Flying J

Pilot Travel Centers has invested a truckload of money in recent years building a reputation for serving premium coffee. Now, the Knoxville based company is spending another bunch of cash to upgrade the coffee bars at its recently acquired Flying J locations.

0306pilot.MP.jpgThe company is spending approximately $150,000 per location on new coffee/deli bars at the Flying J travel centers.

“In the last 18 months we made a commitment to being a coffee authority,” said Whitman Harson, manager of hot beverages for Pilot Flying J. “Drivers know what we deliver they an trust. They know it’s going to be a great cup of coffee.”

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