Nestled in the mountains of southwest Virginia, along I-81, you'll find Glade Spring, with a population of just over 1,500 people. This small community boasts a big heart as neighbors support one another in business and in times of need.
In the late 90's, three local businessmen, Nick Lambert, Jerry Lewis, and D.C. Walker, dreamed of bringing a truck-stop to this area to serve drivers to and from this region and provide local jobs. In March 2000, the truckstop opened as a Cardinal Travel Plaza featuring a Travel Store, Petro Lube, and a parking lot that could accommodate 250 trucks. (See photos of opening day below)
Through the years many changes have taken place, including a name change to the Petro Stopping Center, a change in fuel providers to BP, additions for driver amenities and more. The most notable changes came after a devastating tornado touched down on April 27, 2011. The entire region was hard-hit, but the Petro Stopping Center sustained severe damage to its buildings and grounds. Following a time of reconstruction, the truckstop reopened with community support in June 2012, boasting more square footage for patrons to shop, eat, and enjoy their visit to beautiful Glade Spring, Virginia. (See photos of Tornado Damage below)
Today, the one-stop truck stop offers 275 parking places, with 31 Reserve-It Spaces,
Diesel and DEF fuel island, 5-bay Petro Lube with Roadside Assist, fully-stocked Travel Store.
More changes and updates are in the works, so stop by and see us as you travel.