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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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Is the U.K. ready for Ruby Tuesday?

Maryville-based Ruby Tuesday and two other American restaurant chains — Taco Bell and Chipotle Mexican Grill — recently entered the British market for the first time.

All three are expected to open multiple locations in the U.K., but they could face tough sledding, according to a report in The Independent, a London newspaper and website.

“However, success is not assured. Pizza Hut and KFC, which are also owned by Yum Brands, and McDonald’s have found the UK a welcome home, but some big hitters from across the pond have retreated with their tails between their legs,” The Independent story says.

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