As its full-service restaurants remain shuttered, TravelCenters of America Inc. (TA) has furloughed 2,900 employees and 122 corporate employees.
“This decision was very difficult, but these are unprecedented times. We believe this step is necessary to preserve the long-term success of our company and to ensure our essential services remain available for the millions of professional drivers who rely on us daily,” said Jon Pertchik, CEO of TA.
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many state and local governments to close or severely limit non-essential services, including full-service restaurants. Stay-at-home orders and an overall decrease in consumer demand "has significantly and adversely" affected TA’s full-service restaurant business.
Currently, all TA, Petro Stopping Centers and TA Express travel centers providing essential services, including quick-service restaurants and c-stores, to drivers across the U.S.
Employees continue to take precautionary measures consistent with the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to minimize the spread of coronavirus, including social distancing and enhanced cleaning protocols.
TA has 21,000 employees in over 260 locations in 44 states and Canada.