Pilot #595, the new Pilot Travel Center that took the place of the old Marion truck stop, opened this morning with a bit of a price war, selling regular unleaded for just $3.09. That's 20 cents a gallon below the Illinois average of $3.29, according to AAA's Daily Fuel Gauge Report.
The new pilot includes 5 showers, 43 parking spaces, 7 diesel lanes, and for truckers DEF at the pump, TransFlo Scanning and certified CAT scales.
As previously noted, the old Refuge Restaurant and buffet has been replaced with the city's fourth Subway.
Pilot purchased the truck stop Sept. 21, closed it and entirely gutted the building. Only a small portion of the old restaurant wall built following the 1982 tornado remains as it did before the remodeling.
The only downside other than the Subway is the requirement to prepay at the pump or use a card.