Slidell truckstop closed after foreclosure

| 7/16/2003

Law-enforcement officers banged on the doors of big rigs and padlocked buildings as they shut down the massive Slidell, LA, TA truckstop along I-10 between New Orleans and the Mississippi border, The Times-Picayune reported July 15.

The truckstop, which was shut down as part of a dispute between its current and former owners, had 200 parking spaces in its lot. All were cleared, as was the store and restaurant inside. Even employees were told to leave.

The newspaper reported that the closing of the truckstop was caused by a lawsuit by the former owner, Slidell 76 Auto/Truck Plaza and Truck Stop Gaming Ltd., against the current owner, Morris Holdings Inc. The court ruled that Morris had fallen behind more than $1 million in payments and foreclosed on the property.

"This is going to cause a lot of problems," Don Lambert, Slidell, a self-employed truckdriver, said. "Every night, the parking lot is filled with more than 150 truckers who are going to have to take their business someplace else."

Employees told The Times-Picayune they were not told when they would return to work.