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Mark Hale: Columbia has an opportunity for nice truck stop
His favorite choice of a big chain truck stop would be Flying J, with a Denny's inside. For Columbia, a really good local truck stop, with a Betty's type restaurant that drivers and locals alike would enjoy, could be great opportunity for local investors, community leaders. He asks everyone to rethink the image of truckers, who are just doing a repetitive, essential job, who don't have much time to do anything but work, eat, sleep, repeat, each day longing to get back to family and loved ones.
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Comments re article 50439 With cooperation Big Al would help put Columbia on the map
By Mark Hale
For the most part I agree with Big Al. Columbia could use a nice truckstop.
I wonder if it would really be a goldmine, though.
There would be a lot of trucks there daily. The thing is now truck stops are very competitive.
Mom and Pops are a thing of the past. The big chains are what are thriving. I would think the best one of those chains for Columbia would be a Flying J because they have Denny's in them. Lots of locals would take advantage of that.
Most of the others, while many of them have remodeled - spending millions corporate wide and building new facilities - most of them have fast food. Subway, McDonalds, Hardee's, Chester chicken, Popeyes and so forth.
Most chains have eliminated the riff raff that used to carry on at night. They prosecute ladies of the night as well as those who solicit them.
Generally truck stops are clean and respectable. Love's, Pilot, Flying J, Petro and TA plazas are the most common throughout the interstate system.
Of coarse there are a few places around the country that are not safe, but that's usually not the norm. Places that are in bad areas have heavy police presence and many of them have guards on duty hired by the truck stop.
The days of the "lot lizards" have pretty much disappeared in many areas. Years ago I used to get woke up several times a night by someone knocking on my door.
Been a long time since that's happened. (Now since I said that someone will probobly wake me up the next time I stay at one.) Would just be my luck.
People that are intimidated by truckers need to think again. 99 percent of the time drivers are tired after working a 14 hour day and are ready to get a clean shower, sit down to a good meal then go back to their sleeper and unwind with a little tv or Columbia Magazine on their iPad, then go to bed for a night's rest and do it all again the next day.
With the way laws and regulations are now drivers, don't have much time to do anything but work, eat, sleep, repeat.
Those that stereotype drivers are out of touch with reality.
We have loved ones at home that we dearly miss and love and we want to see them as soon as we can. So we want a place that we can trust to be safe so we can get back to those loved ones safely.
So yea, a good truck stop would be nice for a weary driver to get a little rest at. A well managed private plaza with a good "Betty's" type restaurant that drivers as well as the locals would use should be a welcome site in our fair town.
Investors should get the gears inside their heads turning and make it happen with a quality place everyone would be happy to use.
Thank you for your time. - Mark Hale
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