Travel Centers of America is failing and will declare bankruptcy within five years.

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  1. Gearjammin' Penguin

    Gearjammin' Penguin "Ride Fast-Truck Safe"

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    Chicken and egg.

    Did the availability of in-truck cooking appliances coupled with the relative drop in wages over the years cause the drivers to stop patronizing the restaurants? Or did management kill off the restaurants in favor of more profitable fast food, leaving drivers who wanted to eat something that was once actually alive, no choice but to prepare their own meals?

    We do know that the advent of management-controlled fuel cards removed the drivers' choice of where to stop in many cases, so the competition between truck stops became less about service and amenities and more about sucking up to megas with cheap fuel prices. What the driver wants doesn't matter any more. So more and more drivers get fed up with the micromanaging and loss of freedom and get out of the industry(or at least the OTR field), and they're replaced by untrained drones in automatic trucks packed full of cattle prods and tattletales, and OTR trucking continues its death spiral.

    :(
     
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  3. Brandt

    Brandt Road Train Member

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    The decline is probably a combination of several things. Drivers have microwave and fridge in truck more today. The restaurants did not seem to care about the quality of the food and the service. Fast food places have improved their food quality. Plus the covid-19 forcing the closer of restaurants. I still think TA should have had some food to help the drivers, but maybe just not enough drivers to make money even on that.
     
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  4. Deadwood

    Deadwood Medium Load Member

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    When they raise the prices for convenience food to astronomical levels, they shouldn’t be surprised if drivers cook in their trucks.

    This latest TA press release shows their Non Fuel Gross Margin Percentage at 61.9%, meaning that 62 cents of every dollar spent on non fuel purchases is profit for them. That’s absurdly high.

    TravelCenters of America - TravelCenters of America Inc. Announces First Quarter 2020 Financial Results

    I get it. It’s their business and they can charge whatever they want, but they shouldn’t be shocked, then, if drivers resent getting corn holed on a regular basis and bring their own food. Charge a 25-33% margin and that would happen less.
     
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  5. buddyd157

    buddyd157 Road Train Member

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    i once bought a sub sandwich at a 7-11...looked really good, looked really loaded with lunch meats.

    cannot recall the price

    i opened it up, there was only 3 slices of lunch meat, all hanging out half way to make it appear it was loaded...

    last time i ever spent any money at a 7-11.

    never really had any convenience food from a truck stop, but if a WAWA can be thought of as a mini truck stop at times, (since they do have truck parking) then i had some of the best convenience foods there....!!!!!!
     
  6. kemosabi49

    kemosabi49 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    I had the restaurant manager at the TA in New Braunfels Tx tell me years ago that their restaurant took a big hit in 2004 when the 14 hr rule came in. Said he didn't get many stooping for a midday bite anymore. Everything went to go, go, go. This was in about 2008 that I talked to her. Been going downhill ever since.
     
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  7. LtlAnonymous

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    I know in MY line of transportation work, there never is nor shall be spare time for me to stop for a meal. May as well save a few bucks and bring something tasty from home.
     
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  8. GreenPete359

    GreenPete359 Road Train Member

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    The quality of the slop they serve is what did them in. That and their ridiculous prices.

    look guys, i know y’all like the buffets but your poo is supposed to be solid & not stink worse than a septic truck.
     
  9. stwik

    stwik Road Train Member

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    the Iron Skillet in Florence is currently 11am to 9pm. Wrap your head around that.... o_O
     
  10. LtlAnonymous

    LtlAnonymous Road Train Member

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    Are they just trying to cut out the costs associated with switching over from breakfast? Try to order an omelet and the waitress spits on you?

    Either way it's weird.
     
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  11. navypoppop

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    Another example of TA doing their best to destroy the best truck stops out there, Petro. White's in Raphine is 7AM-2PM. Go figure.
     
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