TA Country Prides, and truck stop prefrences.

Discussion in 'Truck Stops' started by navypoppop, Apr 7, 2021.

  1. navypoppop

    navypoppop Medium Load Member

    Dec 4, 2014
    Winter Haven, Fl.
    Good morning drivers,

    I know that a lot of you guys and gals do not patronize TA and I understand but does anyone know what's up with all the closed Country Prides? It was thought that the Covid thing was the reason but I feel that because TA has decided to go with the IHOP leasing of about 100 restaurants they still haven't finalized the deal.

    It's a real shame to enter these TA's that have them closed and see empty restaurants. It makes them look like 3rd world fuel stops. I have sent so many email and direct contacts to their corporate offices and they refuse to respond. Their loyalty base has to be eroding because of this and other reasons.

    It is and was my choice to use TA/Petro as my go to truck stops because I prefer a sit down restaurant and occasionally need a shop and larger parking areas even though their paid parking is becoming crazy. I am now using a lot more Flying J's just because I can have a Denny's to sit and have a meal.

    Don't beat me up too bad for my preference in truck stops as it started back in the 1960's with Pure then Union 76 then the original Truckstops of America, Travel Ports, TA and my favorites Petro. So many of the old Mom and Pops that were the ultimate places to go to have gone away and there aren't a lot of good ones left. Thanks for letting me vent.
    Last edited: Apr 7, 2021
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  3. MysticHZ

    MysticHZ Road Train Member

    May 28, 2010
    The Covid shut down probably gave the data to prove the restaurants were a money loser.

    Probably a known fact inside TA management for sometime. But there was probably political resistance to closing them ... The restaurants were someone's corporate fiefdom. They justified keeping them as loss leader bringing in other business.

    Covid gave them the data, restaurant or no restaurant, the rest of the business isn't impacted.
  4. tbutler974

    tbutler974 Bobtail Member

    Mar 22, 2021
    I agree with MysticHZ. And you're going to see that same corporate mentality in many other places. Covid shutdowns gave big business the excuses and data they've needed to cut a lot of fat. Why sell fountain drinks at $0.89 a cup when you can sell a bottle for $2.19? Why hire 2 janitors when 1 will do? Why provide bathrooms when people can go somewhere else?
  5. nredfor88

    nredfor88 Heavy Load Member

    Sep 26, 2019
    Much the same can be said for healthy, wholesome food. The mega truckstops could care less if drivers were dying in their parking lots from heart disease or diabetic attacks. Healthy food doesn't bring in the money that fried garbage does.
  6. Opus

    Opus Road Train Member

    Dec 18, 2011
    South GA
    2 slices of pizza, $5
    A pathetic cup of grapes, $5
  7. Wespipes

    Wespipes Heavy Load Member

    Jul 14, 2019
    I doubt they'll even open them back up. Sucks cause ta/petro is where I get my massive fuel discount
  8. S M D

    S M D Road Train Member

    Mar 15, 2012
    sacramento ca
    Back in the day TA use to have fork in the road. Probably the best thing that was ever around. All you can eat of the same thing..
    so these little chains keep coming and going. Well see what’s next when country pride is gone. Unlesss they open
  9. Dino soar

    Dino soar Road Train Member

    Dec 8, 2017
    The PA Turnpike took the covid excuse and got rid of all of the toll takers.

    And then promptly raised the toll rates.

    Businesses used it as an excuse to cut. The government did the opposite...
  10. RockinChair

    RockinChair Road Train Member

    Because the soda fountain is a high-profit area due to low cost.
    bentstrider83 Thanks this.
  11. bthomann

    bthomann Light Load Member

    Sep 26, 2020
    Pardon me, good driver, but what was "Fork in the Road"? Was it their restaurant chain before Country Pride? I also remember T/A had Buckhorn restaurants that they inherited from buying out Travel Port.
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