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Petro Kingman is a great place to relax and de-stress
After spending hours on the road, drivers know they can unwind when they arrive at Petro Kingman. This spot in the Arizona desert is an oasis of calm in a busy day.
“There’s no noise around us. At night the sky is abundant with stars. It’s a peaceful place, where truckers can get a good sleep,” says store assistant general manager Dory Weber. They also get a warm welcome from a staff dedicated to making each driver’s day a little more pleasant. The fuel building stands separate from the store, so the area is for trucks only. With 12 diesel pumps, DEF at the island and five service bays, it’s easy to get in and out quickly.
But there are plenty of reasons for a driver to stay a while. The game room includes a pool table. A spacious movie room offers recent films and is also a great place to catch a favorite football team on game day. On Sundays, Truckstop Ministries converts the movie room into a chapel and offers services for drivers. The food in the Iron Skillet is great, and a new Dunkin’ Donuts is on hand too.
“We have everything a driver needs here,” Weber says. “Our staff is very friendly. And the scenery around us is beautiful.”
The surroundings are clean, and you and your truck can be, too. Wash away the desert dust at one of the 20 showers for drivers, including four platinum showers. Get your clothes clean and fresh in the laundry room, which has five washers and eight dryers. And you can have your truck spiffed up too, by stopping in at the Blue Beacon Truck Wash onsite.
Get your kicks
Kingman, Arizona, sits along the longest remaining preserved stretch of Historic Route 66, and is officially recognized as a National Scenic Byway.
During fundraising drives for the St. Christopher Truckers Development and Relief Fund, Petro Kingman customers are happy to give. Last year the store collected more than any other Petro. This year it took in more than $3,500. “We ask customers as they come in, and they will almost always donate,” Weber says.
Petro people power
“We always get compliments on our friendly staff,” Weber says, and the Exceptional Service Recognition Certificate program turns that praise into Gold Star pins. Drivers who are UltraONE Platinum Card holders are invited to print a certificate at the kiosk for any employee who delivers great service, and that employee gets a pin. “I have four cashiers who have those pins now,” Weber says.
What You’ll Find
Where: I-40, Exit 66
Phone: (928) 681-5246
Fax: (928) 681-5245
Truck Parking Spaces: 205
Service Bays: 5
Restaurants: Iron Skillet, Dunkin’ Donuts