Concept art for the expanded and remodeled Iowa 80 Truckstop. Image: Iowa 80 Truckstop

Concept art for the expanded and remodeled Iowa 80 Truckstop. Image: Iowa 80 Truckstop

Iowa 80 Truckstop has begun a $10 million expansion and remodel project that will add 23,000 square feet to the current 100,000-square-foot main building.

The expansion is being completed in three phases. The nearly completed Phase One includes infrastructure upgrades to drainage, transformers, and a new fiber-optic network.

Phase Two extends the building to the west toward new gas islands that were installed last year. The food court will shift to this area and include more food concepts for a total of 10 restaurant choices. New food preparation areas and equipment will be installed throughout the area.

The convenience store will be expanded to offer more options for healthy grab-and-go foods. A semi-tractor and antique trucks will be added to the main entry and merchandise areas will be expanded to better serve customers.

In Phase Three, a new boulevard will guide drivers to the diesel islands, truck service center, Truckomat truck wash, and truck parking areas.

“We will have an extra-wide roadway with curbs, lighting, and signage,” said Delia Moon Meier, senior vice president of Iowa 80 Truckstop.  “There will even be a beautiful new arch welcoming drivers into the truck entrance. We really want this to have a Main Street USA feel.”

Truck parking areas will also be reconfigured with pull-in, pull-out spaces to provide better organized traffic flow for drivers. The 900 truck parking spaces will be retained with the likelihood of expanding. 

Iowa 80 will remain open providing all services and amenities during the expansion and remodeling. All phases of construction and remodeling are scheduled to be finished by the end of 2018. Progress photos will be posted periodically on the Iowa 80-World’s Largest Truckstop Facebook page.

“We know drivers depend on us, so we will do whatever it takes to provide the products and services they need,” said Meier.