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Pilot Travel Center Brings Up To 50 Local Jobs, Fresh Offerings, Merchandise to Odessa

Stephanie Myers, External Communications Supervisor

Pilot Flying J continues to grow its presence in Texas, announcing the opening of a new Pilot Travel Center in Odessa this October. The travel center features full amenities for area residents, the traveling public and professional drivers, while adding approximately 50 local jobs and other economic benefits to the community.

“We’re committed to making a better day for people living, working and traveling through Texas and across the nation,” said Ken Parent, president of Pilot Flying J. “We continue to invest in new locations to bring convenience, quality, great food and amenities to those who are traveling the roadways. By expanding our network in the Permian Basin, we hope to better serve the exponential growth and rising traffic in the region.”

This Pilot Travel Center offers many amenities, including:

  • 12 gasoline fueling positions and five diesel lanes with high-speed pumps for quicker refueling
  • PJ Fresh pizza and homestyle meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Hot and cold grab-and-go offerings prepared on site daily, including salads, sandwiches, fruit cups, burritos and an array of snack items.
  • Pilot’s Best Gourmet Coffees, including bean-to-cup selections and cold brew
  • Dunkin Donuts self-serve
  • Public Laundry
  • 15 truck parking spaces
  • 3 showers
  • CAT Scale
  • Public seating area
  • Everyday products for quick shopping needs

The new facility at 4200 W. Hwy. 302 will be Pilot Flying J’s 89th location in Texas, including travel centers, dealers, and cardlocks, and it is expected to contribute $3.6 million annually in state and local tax revenues. Two additional travel centers will open in Midland and Andrews later this year to better serve residents and industry traffic in the West Texas region.

In honor of Pilot Flying J's history of giving back and commitment to fueling life’s journeys into the future, the company is donating $2,500 to Ector County Independent School District. This donation will go towards updating and supplying new technology for the school district.

“Pilot Flying J is honored to be a part of the Marshall community and to contribute to the local school district,” said Douglas Leper, travel center general manager for Pilot Flying J. “Our friendly team members look forward to serving our guests and providing a clean, all-in-one fuel stop with a variety of food, drinks, supplies and amenities.”

Guests can plan their stops and save money at Pilot and Flying J locations with the Pilot Flying J app, including a 3-cent gas or auto diesel discount and exclusive offers on food and beverages.

The combined network of more than 750 Pilot and Flying J Travel Centers across North America serves more than 1.6 million customers daily. To find other nearby locations, visit


About Pilot Flying J

Pilot Flying J, the largest operator of travel centers in North America, is committed to connecting people and places with comfort, care and a smile at every stop. Headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, Pilot Flying J has more than 750 retail locations in 44 states, a nationwide network of 32 Truck Care service centers with roadside assistance, 44 Goodyear Commercial Tire and Service Centers, and 34 Boss Shops. The Pilot Flying J network provides drivers with access to more than 72,000 parking spaces for trucks with Prime Parking at more than 400 locations, 5,200 deluxe showers and more than 6,200 diesel lanes with 5,200 offering Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) at the pump. Pilot Flying J is currently ranked No. 14 on Forbes' list of America's Largest Private Companies. Visit for more information.


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