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April 17, 2020 10:45 AM, EDT

TravelCenters of America Announces 3,000 Furloughs

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TravelCenters of America Inc. announced it will furlough 2,900 field employees and 122 corporate employees in an effort to maintain its long-term success.

Those enrolled in the company’s benefits programs will continue to be eligible for health care coverage based on their plan.

The move comes as all TA, Petro Stopping Centers and TA Express travel centers remain open, providing essential services to drivers nationwide with fuel, showers, restrooms, quick-serve restaurants and convenience stores, according to the Westlake, Ohio-based company.

Jonathan Pertchik, CEO of TravelCenters of America Inc.

Pertchik

At the same time, COVID-19 has caused many state and local governments to close or severely limit nonessential services, including full-service restaurants. Also, broader stay-at-home orders and an overall decrease in consumer demand has profoundly affected TA’s full-service restaurant business.

“This decision was very difficult, but these are unprecedented times,” TravelCenters of America CEO Jon Pertchik said in a release.

The company is the nation’s largest publicly traded full-service travel center network with 260 locations in 44 states and Canada. — Transport Topics

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