Travel America locations

Commercial Fleet Accounts
Services Diesel fuel and gasoline; Truck repair and maintenance; Restaurants; Convenience stores; Driver amenities
Revenue (2008)

Number of employees

11, 900
Footnotes / references
Number of locations

TA and Petro Stopping Centers is the largest full-service travel center company in the United States. The majority of customers are professional truck drivers. The corporate headquarters is located in Westlake, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland. The company operates under both its namesake brand and the Petro Stopping Centers brand.


TA was founded in 1972 by Phil Saunders under the name Truckstops of America. The chain as purchased later that year by the Ryder Corporation.The chain changed owners throughout the 1980s and 1990s. In 1984, TA was bought by Standard Oil of Ohio, which was bought by BP in 1987. BP later sold the chain to The Clipper Group in 1993. In 1997, Truckstops of America merged with the National Auto/Truck Stops chain, adding 112 sites, while changing its name to TravelCenters of America. Also in 1997, TA bought out the first chain of national truckstops, Union 76 and closed or sold most of the old truckstops. TA kept a few and changed them over to TA locations.

TA acquired a few smaller chains of stores in 1998. On August 25, 1998, the company announced it would acquire 19 Burns Bros. Travel Stops, closing two of the locations. TA also acquired the 16-location Travel Ports chain of truck stops in the Eastern United States. In the early 2000s, TA became an international chain with the acquisition of a truck stop in Woodstock, Ontario off of Highway 401. To this date, it is the only international location. Much like the later merger between Pilot Travel Centers and Flying J, T/A has continued to use both the T/A and Petro brands, though some Petro's were later sold off to rival chains or had their franchise contracts eliminated if they were within competition of a T/A location.

On October 4, 2007 magazine reported that the company will spend $135 million to fix up its truck stops. The work was expected to be completed by the end of 2008. In 2008, TA was listed as 395 on the Fortune 500 list. TA's main competitors include Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores and Pilot Flying J.

Recently, the company launched a line of "Goasis" travel stops designed to cater to families and other non-professional drivers. The centers include family bathrooms and a wider range of food and beverage offerings.

Number of Locations[edit]

Year Truck Stops
1993 48
1998 146
2014 249

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