Creek Travel Plaza to celebrate 10-year anniversary on Sept. 16

Published 4:51 pm Thursday, September 8, 2022

Creek Travel Plaza (CTP) is celebrating its 10th anniversary next Fri., Sept. 16, 2022, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., according to officials.

Festivities include an appearance by the Shell-Pennzoil No. 22 NASCAR. Tribal Members and guests are invited to join the celebration beginning at 10 a.m. with food and drink, including ice cream, BBQ tasting, giveaways and an opportunity to get up-close and personal with a replica of NASCAR’S No. 22 Ford Mustang.

CTP, a Shell-branded plaza, is located just 3 miles south of Wind Creek Casino and Hotel, and gives truckers a comfortable place to rest and access the entertainment options in and around Wind Creek Casino.

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Since opening on Labor Day 2012, CTP has provided the amenities including free overnight parking, showers, laundry, a driver’s lounge and many of the financial and business services truckers need to keep them working on the road.

During the past 10 years, CTP staff has accomplished some impressive results: more than 4.5 million guests have been served, over 35 million gallons of fuel delivered, 100,000 fountain drinks dispensed, 20,000 showers provided and more than 2 million meals prepared from the restaurant and deli.

Creek Indian Enterprises Economic Development Authority (CIEDA), which oversees multiple retail travel locations owned by the Tribe, established CTP as an economic stimulator for our local communities and as a revenue generator for the Tribe. Creek Travel Plaza serves hundreds of locals and passing travelers each day.

Tribal Member and CIEDA President/CEO Cody Williamson said, “CTP was created to bring jobs and economic growth to the Poarch community, and we have been successful in doing both. We employ over 40 team members at CTP and are always looking for talented people to join our team. Our team members do a fabulous job providing food, fuel, and other services in demand by both local residents and people traveling through Escambia County.”

CTP boasts a 10,000-square-foot full-service multi-use travel plaza and rest area. CTP provides services to guests 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year.

Creek Travel Plaza has earned many awards since opening. The facility was voted one of the top five truck stops in the state of Alabama by Trucker Path mobile app users in 2020. Over 6000 truck stops nationwide are ranked based on feedback and reviews from over 500,000 truckers who use the Trucker Path app. CTP was named a top Alabama Truck Stop and Top Independent Truck Stop in 2017. In 2016, after only four years in operation, CTP already ranked #24 in the top 100 Truck Stops by Trucker Path.