Flying J breaks ground – Invest Medicine Hat

Flying J breaks ground

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Pilot Flying J travel centre under construction near Trans-Canada Highway

May 9, 2018

Backhoes, bulldozers and dump trucks are breaking up the horizon on 12 acres of land adjacent to the Trans-Canada Highway. Work is being completed in preparation for Pilot Flying J’s new travel centre.

Once completed, the centre will include 52 truck parking spaces, six diesel fuel lanes, a CAT scale, four showers, public laundry, and hot food options. The building on the site is planned to be over 6,000 square feet in size.

“Pilot Flying J is thrilled to serve the Medicine Hat community and contribute to the local economy with our new travel centre,” says Ken Parent, president of Pilot Flying J. “Our goal at Pilot Flying J is to connect people and places with comfort, care and a smile at every stop.”

Headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn., Pilot Flying J is the largest operator of travel centres in North America with 750 locations in 43 American states and six Canadian provinces. The company has grown from 1.1 billion gallons of fuel sold in 1996 to more than seven billion sold annually today.

Situated at the eastern terminus of the Crowsnest Highway and along the Trans-Canada Highway, Medicine Hat is within a one day’s drive to over four million people in Canada and the United States.

Flying J’s travel centre is under construction on 12 acres of land adjacent to Brier Park Estates, one of Medicine Hat’s most important industrial parks, home to one of Canada’s largest petrochemical clusters including CF Industries, Methanex, Cancarb and Goodyear.

Also in the area is the future site of Aurora Cannabis’ planned 1.2 million square foot cannabis production facility, as well as Hut 8’s new data centre.

“We are very excited,” says John Hashem, partner in Box Springs Business Park, of the land sale to Pilot Flying J. “I think Flying J’s development will kick-start more projects on Box Springs-owned land.”

There are 20 acres of commercial land for sale between the site of the future Flying J travel centre and Sun City Ford. The future buyer has the option to purchase some or all of the land from Box Springs.

The new Flying J travel centre is expected to open in fall 2018.