Iconic truck stop closed by grease fire will reopen ‘bigger and better’


Plans have been unveiled for the reopening and relaunch of a popular truck stop in Tennessee that was closed last summer due to a fire.

On August 16, the Tennessean Truck Stop, located off I-65 at exit 22 in Cornersville, Tennessee, unveiled plans for a new 25,000 square foot building. A groundbreaking ceremony commemorating the start of construction work was held at the site on August 12.

News of the rebuild comes just over a year after the roadhouse closed following a grease fire that broke out at the Tennessean’s restaurant, causing the roof to collapse. The only part of the truck stop that was salvaged after the fire was a single gas station awning.

The rebuilt store will feature new amenities, including a full-service cocktail bar, an ice cream shop with donuts and coffee, and a quick-service deli with pizza, wings and sandwiches. The Tennessean BBQ restaurant will also reopen with the same recipes but expanded seating and a rooftop patio near the second-floor bar.

See an artist’s rendition of the New Tennessean below.

Construction is expected to take about a year.

“We understand how important the Tennessean has been to the State of Tennessee, proudly serving national truckers on the road, travelers and especially our incredibly loyal Cornersville community. I am extremely proud to unveil the new Tennessean Travel Stop. Our dedicated team has worked diligently throughout the past year to design and plan a larger facility,” said Gregory H. Sachs, owner of the Tennessean Travel Stop and founder and CEO of Sachs Capital Group.

The Tennessean Travel Stop has been in operation since 1974.

You can see the video of the inauguration ceremony below.


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