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


Plans have been unveiled for the reopening and relaunch of a popular Tennessee truck stop 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, showed off plans for a new 25,000-square-foot building. A ground-breaking ceremony commemorating the start of construction work was held at the site on August 12.

The rebuilding news comes a little more than a year after the truck stop was closed following a grease fire started in the Tennessean’s restaurant, causing the roof to collapse. The only portion of the truck stop that was salvaged following the fire was a single fueling station canopy.

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 deck near the second floor bar.

See an artist’s rendering of the new Tennessean below.

Construction is expected to take about a year to complete.

“We understand how important The Tennessean has been to the state of Tennessee, proudly serving national over-the-road truckers, travelers, and especially our incredibly loyal Cornersville community. I’m extremely proud to unveil the new Tennessean Travel Stop. Our dedicated team has been working diligently throughout this past year to design and plan a more expansive 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 business since 1974.

You can see video of the groundbreaking ceremony below.


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