Pilot welcomed to Rochelle with official ribbon cutting

Rochelle Township High School Principal Chris Lewis (left) accepts a $5,000 donation from Pilot General Manager Alan Thagard for the school’s technology program.

ROCHELLE – City officials, local news outlets, members of the community and more gathered to celebrate the grand opening of a new Pilot Travel Center in Rochelle.
The celebration took place on Monday, June 15 at 10 a.m. and included a socially distanced ribbon cutting ceremony, the presentation of a $5,000 donation to the RTHS technology programs and speeches from both the Rochelle mayor and Pilot representatives.
Construction on the travel center began last April and crews recently finished the project in the last week of May. The new center has amenities for both travelers and the local community including regular and diesel fuel, washer and dryers and showers.
The center also features a full hot meal station serving breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as many different grab and go options for food and drink. The travel center also created 32 new jobs in the community.
“It feels awesome to finally be open, this is a great community and we are very excited to be able to serve both the local community and our travelers,” Pilot General Manager Alan Thagard said. “We are extremely happy to be in Rochelle and help bring jobs to town.”
The location of the travel center was chosen because it has easy access for travelers on Interstate 39  as well as anybody entering or leaving Rochelle via Route 38. Due to Rochelle’s reputation for being the “Hub City,” Pilot knew this would be a perfect place for its newest center.
“Pilot’s slogan is fueling life’s journey and that is so fitting for the City of Rochelle,” Thagard said.
Many city officials including the city manager, community development director, the mayor and the president of the Rochelle Chamber of Commerce attended to welcome the new business to town.
“You can put a business literally anywhere and we are always happy when that business chooses Rochelle,” said Tricia Herrera, president of the Rochelle Chamber of Commerce.

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Members of the Rochelle Area Chamber of Commerce, the City of Rochelle and Pilot gathered Monday morning for an official ribbon cutting ceremony to welcome the business to Rochelle. The new center has amenities for both travelers and the local community including regular and diesel fuel, washer and dryers and showers. The center also features a full hot meal station serving breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as many different grab and go options for food and drink.

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