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Drivers find all they want, plus more, at a brand new Petro Gary
Gary, Indiana — destination spot? Drivers certainly think so, now that they see everything the all-new Petro Gary has to offer.
The stop off I-80/I-94, once small but convenient, has been razed and rebuilt into a full-service, wow-factor travel center with driver needs as the focus and plenty of extras. Everything is bigger, brighter and just plain better, from the massive travel store to the heated outdoor patio to the relaxation room outfitted with leather La-Z-Boy massage chairs.
“Petro Gary is state of the art, unlike anything we have ever built before,” says field manager Kris Roach. “If you put together a wish list of what to have in a travel center, this location has it. The company spared no expense to give drivers what they want.”
Choose one of three rooms to settle into and shrug off the stresses of the day. A TV room with DirecTV is the perfect place to catch a game with fellow drivers. Grab some popcorn, head over to the Driver Theater and get lost in a movie for a couple of hours. Or plop down on one of the comfortable reclining massage chairs in a room solely designed for drivers to sit back and relax.
Take it outside
An outdoor heating system keeps a patio comfortable even when there’s a chill in the air. Grab a meal and dine at one of the tables or just sit and hang out for a while.
The Iron Skillet restaurant seats 160 people and offers the food drivers consistently rate as the best in surveys of travel centers. There’s also a Pizza Hut and Taco Bell on site.
Bring your truck here
The Petro:Lube truck service center is just as inviting as the main building. There’s a coffee bar for drivers who are having their rigs worked on, DirecTV in the lounge area and conveniently located restrooms. Drivers may enjoy their wait, but with six service bays it won’t be a long one.
Butch and the techs
Lead tech Butch Estrada is a three-time winner in a national technician skills contest. His colleague Reginald Hamilton also was chosen for the elite competition. Both are ASE-certified Master Techs, and the rest of the truck service crew is also highly skilled.
“No matter what a driver comes in for, we have someone on staff who knows how to diagnose and fix their issues,” says Robert Coffman, general manager of the Petro:Lube truck service center and an ASE-certified technician himself. “With the abilities of our staff, we will raise the level of service for customers beyond their expectations.”
What You’ll Find
Where: I-80/I-94, Exit 9
Phone: (219) 884-1133
Fax: (219) 884-1456
Truck Parking Spaces: 425
Truck Service Bays: 6
Private Showers: 16
Restaurants: Iron Skillet, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell