TA inks deal for Express franchise in Baker, California

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TravelCenters of America Inc. today announced the signing of a franchise agreement to open a TA Express site in California. The new TA Express will be located in Baker, on Interstate 15, at exit 221, and is expected to open later this year.

TA said it also expects five other franchised TA Express sites will open in California over the next year in the cities of Bakersfield, Grenada, Newberry Springs, Olancha and Rosemond.

“TA continues to meet the needs of our professional drivers and families by expanding our network where travelers are traveling, including in locations like Baker, California. In that area, and many others, sufficient land to provide for a more expansive traditional TA does not exist,” said Jon Pertchik, CEO of TA. “Fortunately, our TA Express model allows us to provide full services and abundant parking that allow guests to refresh, refuel and repair.”

Overall, the company said it expects to open more than 20 franchised travel centers this year in Alabama, California, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Wisconsin. TA said it is currently negotiating franchise agreements for over 20 additional travel centers across the U.S. and has more than 80 other potential franchise agreements in its pipeline.