WALCOTT, Iowa — A well-known truck stop in eastern Iowa that bills itself as the world’s biggest will get even larger as crews begin a $10 million expansion and remodeling that will create more retail space and expand a food court.

The expansion will add 23,000 square feet of space to the truck stop, which already had a main building of about 100,000 square feet. The truck stop, about 10 miles northwest of Davenport, sprawls across 200 acres.

Delia Moon Meier, senior vice president of the Iowa 80 Group, told the Quad-City Times the project was a “re-make of everything.”

Changes at the stop include moving restaurants to a larger space that will have room for 10 restaurants and converting the existing food court into a larger convenience store with a kitchen allowing customers to prepare the expanded offerings.

The move is driven by changes in the trucking industry that has led truckers to buy more “grab-and-go” food because they don’t have time to stop for lunch, said Meier.

Iowa 80 Group marketing manager Heather DeBaillie said new federal rules that limit truckers to operating 11 hours a day were a big reason for the expansion.

“Once their day starts, the drivers keep going because they’re on the clock,” Meier added. “They’re not even going to have fast food, that’s not fast enough.”

The new construction plan is the second part of a three-phase project. Earlier work included the installation of new gasoline islands and infrastructure upgrades. The third phase will include a tree-lined boulevard and an arch that welcomes drivers.

Meier’s father, Bill Moon, founded the truck stop in 1964, and she said the expansion was designed to keep the business competitive.

“Competition is fierce,” she said. “We compete against several of the largest companies in the U.S. They have 500 truck stops, 800 truck stops. We have one.”


Information from: Quad-City Times, http://www.qctimes.com

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