Cherokee Nation to open truck stop in Oklahoma

| 12/23/2005

Cherokee Nation Enterprises – the retail, hospitality and gaming arm of the Cherokee Nation – has purchased an abandoned truck stop in Roland, OK, and plans to turn it in to – another truck stop.

CNE plans to renovate the 12,250-square-foot truck stop, located near Interstate 40, to include a trucker's lounge with a sitting area, televisions, telephones and Internet access. The truck stop will also feature separated shower facilities, a laundry area and a truck accessories sales area.

David Stewart, CEO of CNE, said in a news release that the truck stop will have a rustic, frontier theme and will be branded as a Valero station with six diesel dispensers for semis.

The stop, which is also located adjacent to the Roland Cherokee Casino, will set aside 10 acres for truck parking. Amanda Clinton, a spokeswoman for CNE, said the lot will have about 50 parking spaces.

Though the Cherokee Nation will own the station, Clinton said the land itself is not in trust and is therefore not considered part of the Cherokee Nation. Because of this, state and local fuel taxes will still apply.

The new facility is expected to be open by late summer 2006.

– By Terry Scruton, senior writer