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

Discussion in 'Truck Stops' started by Deadwood, Dec 17, 2020.

  1. drvrtech77

    drvrtech77 Road Train Member

    Mar 20, 2010
    I don’t think drivers have a problem spending a decent amount of money on a good meal but that’s the problem they now don’t serve anywhere near what you pay for any more of the quantity and the quality is garbage and then they sit there and scratch their heads and can’t figure out why they’re losing money... this isn’t rocket science but evidently they can’t figure it out
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  3. Infosaur

    Infosaur Road Train Member

    It kinda reminds of how NEMF went down. Apparently it was part of a vast portfolio of businesses some rich family on Long Island owned. Since it wasn’t performing as well as some other holdings they simply decided to shutter the whole operation. And that was that.

    As a car geek I liked it.
    Dinner in a garage.
    But the problem was there wasn’t really anything memorable on the menu. The same old stuff you can get in any old chain place. Didn’t seem to draw a crowd either, like say “oh I’d watch Daytona here!” But that’s because there weren’t any near me.
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  4. bthomann

    bthomann Light Load Member

    Sep 26, 2020
    The T/A in Council Bluffs wasn't even that good as an old Union 76 (or Herbie's Pure before that)!
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  5. bthomann

    bthomann Light Load Member

    Sep 26, 2020
    Apparently no time for breakfast!
  6. jason6541

    jason6541 Road Train Member

    Mar 5, 2012
    Omaha, NE
    No I remember it as the old orange ball. It was a dump then more or less
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  7. stwik

    stwik Road Train Member

    Oct 8, 2017
    USA USA USA!!!
    I think it’s mostly staffing costs

    Easier on them to pay for one shift than two or three

    You can order breakfast all day still
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  8. RockinChair

    RockinChair Road Train Member

    And now that restaurant is gone forever. No more barbecue, no more buffet, no more breakfast. But at least the Popeyes is still open, and of course Subway if you're not completely burnt out on it already like I am.

    Part of the problem with truck stop restaurants is the managers think that they should be making a ton of profit off of the lunch rush like normal restaurants do. But in the trucking business you're going to make most of your money off of the dinner rush, and perhaps breakfast as well. We don't have time to stop for a sit-down meal in the middle of the workday, but I'll be happy to sit down for breakfast and again for dinner.
  9. kemosabi49

    kemosabi49 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    Jan 13, 2013
    SW Arkansas
    The way truck stops all fill up by early evening these days doesn't help either. Too many trucks for the available parking. Even if a lot of the drivers parked there did come into the restaurant to eat, by 8 pm or so most of the ones that are eating will have done so. And with the lot being full there isn't likely to be many more coming in except maybe 4 wheelers and locals. Not really any point in staying open all night like they used to if they are not getting enough business to make it pay.
  10. Gearjammin' Penguin

    Gearjammin' Penguin "Ride Fast-Truck Safe"

    Feb 18, 2007
    Central AZ
    I'd sooner starve than eat at Subway. You knowingly employ a child rapist, you can get bent. My wife and I haven't spent a penny in the place since the truth came out.
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  11. RockinChair

    RockinChair Road Train Member

    To be fair, they severed all ties with Jared when all that became public. I'm just sick and tired of their food because it seems like that's all that's ever available at every truck stop.
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