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May 11, 2017
National Truck Stop Company Planning for Santa Fe Location
The Memphis-based Pilot Flying S Company, which currently owns and operates more than 550 sites across the country, wants to build a new location in Santa Fe County.
The project would go up near the interchange of Interstate 25 and Rancho Viejo Boulevard, some 10 miles to the west of downtown Santa Fe.
To be built on a 26-acre site, the truck stop will include a gas station, two fast-food outlets, underground diesel fuel tanks, and space for up to 70 semi-tractors and trailers.
The company has also said it will invest around $500,000 to build a sewer system on the site.
The proposal has engendered opposition from area residents who say they are concerned about the potential for increasing noise and traffic.
Launched in the early 1990s, Pilot Flying S is predominant in the South, but also has ten stations currently in operation in Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico. It is thought to be the largest vendor of diesel fuel in the country.
Pilot Flying S stations typically include Pizza Hut, McDonald’s, and Subway restaurant space.
Earlier this year it was announced that the company, whose stations range in size from 110,000 to 200,000 square feet, would spend $500 million renovating its current locations, while also building up to 30 new outlets this year.
The Santa Fe project is currently being studied by county planning officials, on its way to a final vote this fall before the Board of County Commissioners.