by Geoff Fox
More than a year in the making, a new travel plaza on the east end of Hancock is slowly starting to open.
Today, Friday, January 6, the BFS convenience store and Little Caesars opened to the public.
According to Director of Marketing for BFS Hayley Graham, Burger King is next to open on January 26. Right now, Graham said there is no date for the IHOP just yet, “but it will come soon as well.”
The convenience store officially opened at 12:14 p.m. Friday afternoon.
Store Manager Kristal Layton said a lot of the first customers went to the Little Caesars for pizza, but there have been a lot of customers overall.
Layton had been the manager at another BFS station in Jefferson County before coming to Hancock.
The gas pumps had been turned on earlier, but needed calibrated. A of the opening, they were in working order.
Layton said she was “so happy” the store had finally opened.
The convenience store has all the makings of a traditional convenience store with rows of snacks, bottled drinks, fountain sodas, self-serve hot beverages, and other small necessities.
The convenience store will be open 24 hours, Layton said.