Pilot Travel Center, Arby's may be coming to Mt. Pleasant this year
By BROOKS TAYLOR
Mt. Pleasant News
Mt. Pleasant may soon have a new gasoline station and as an added bonus, an Arby’s Restaurant.
Both the Mt. Pleasant Board of Adjustment and Planning & Zoning Commission will be meeting in special session today to pave the way for a planned Pilot Travel Center which also will house an Arby’s Restaurant. The city council is expected to act upon the plats for the truck stop during its regular meeting Wednesday afternoon.
Pilot, which is identical to the Flying J Truck stops (the two merged recently), wants to purchase the 37.89 acres of land the city recently annexed. The land is located north across Winfield Avenue from the former Buff’s Truck Stop.
City Administrator Brent Schleisman said plans are to build a 11,500 square-foot facility which will have parking space for 70 semis. In addition to Arby’s, the truck stop also will include a PJ Fresh Marketplace (a deli which serves healthy-food options) and convenience stores.
The center will have 14 diesel and 10 gasoline pumps. Additionally, it will have showers for professional drivers as well as a driver’s lounge.
“Different truck plazas have looked at this land since the bypass opened (nearly a decade ago),” Schleisman said. “This is kind of exciting.”
Pilot wants to purchase the entire 39-acre plot, but the travel center will be located on the south end of the land and extend northward possibly as far as James Avenue, Schleisman said.
If all is approved, construction may begin in late summer, Schleisman predicted. “It won’t take long (to build the facility) and they hope to be open by the end of the year.”