Pilot and Flying J merger complete, travel centers top 550

Pilot and Flying J merger complete, travel centers top 550

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Officials with Pilot Travel Centers LLC and Flying J Inc. announced Wednesday the merger of their companies is complete.

The merger will create more than 550 interstate travel centers and travel plazas.

The new company, to be called Pilot Flying J, now operates in 43 states and six Canadian provinces. It employs more than 20,000 people. 

The Federal Trade Commission terminated the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended, on June 30.

The combination becomes effective on Thursday.

Customers will still see the Pilot and Flying J brands on signs at interstate facilities.

To give truckers more fueling options, Pilot has started accepting the TCH card, and Flying J has started accepting Comdata cards.

Flying J locations will get additions of Denny's, Subway and Pizza Hut.

Many locations will get upgraded drivers' lounges, new gasoline and diesel pumps, enhanced showers and remodeled restrooms.

Pilot Flying J is selling 26 locations to Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores, as a merger condition required by the Federal Trade Commission.

Pilot and Flying J announced their preliminary agreement to merge in July 2009.

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