Mar 29, 2016 12:51 PM by News Staff
It's been years in the works... and now, the new "pilot travel center" in Orland has opened its doors for business.
Yesterday, many community members came out to witness the grand opening of the new travel center and many say the $9 million project is expected to help kick-start the local economy.
Orland’s Chamber of Commerce celebrated the grand opening of a new Flying J travel center with a ribbon cutting ceremony.
The project began in August 2015 and those in the Orland community said they are excited to see the project come to fruition.
"Every day, construction, dirt lot, no walls up, everybody was still coming and watching and waiting for us to open so it's exciting for both me, the company and the community," said Chris Hampton, general manager of the new location.
"Well this is about the greatest thing that's ever happened in Orland," one local resident said.
The new hot spot offers more than just your average gas station amenities.
"We're the one stop destination for traveling traffic, whether it's diesel customers or our gas customers," Hampton said.
Inside, you'll also find Wendy’s, Auntie Anne's and Cinnabon.
"It’s all so great, I don't know, but I think the restaurant part is about the best."
The new travel center sits alongside interstate five on Newville road.
The Mayor of Orland said with the new business, the Westside of Orland will begin to boom.
"There's a lot of people that are interested now, business and developers, so like I said, we're excited now and we know good things are going to happen," said Orland Mayor Bruce Roundy.
This location is the 19th in the state and it's expected to contribute $7 million annually in state and local tax revenues but that's not all.
The travel center has brought over 100 local jobs.
"That’s what we're looking for, new businesses, jobs, and this is the spark i think that we need," Roundy said.
The mayor says jobs are the biggest impact the 'flying j' has brought to the community... and he hopes the new business will help draw in more visitors.
Roundy said the next big project in Orland is expected to be a hotel - across the way from the new Flying J. More restaurants and a movie theater could also be in store.