The grant will help the city provide access to a 315-acre tract of land zoned for industrial and residential use that will help the city’s growth in the future.
A more immediate return will be seen with the development of a WilcoHess fueling station, with a Wendy’s restaurant and Dunkin’ Donuts kiosk. In common terms, it will be a truck stop.
But Lincoln already has a truck stop, right?
Sure, there are a couple of places truckers can refuel now.
But in the trucking business, many trucking companies have contracts with specific companies for buying their fuel. Drivers know their locations on their route, and plan the places where they can fill up, eat and rest. Potential customers are bypassing Lincoln’s exits because their company’s supplier isn’t there.
The city will be able to bring in more business by welcoming another supplier. WilcoHess is a company with a 50-year history that currently operates more than 400 convenience stores, travel plazas and restaurants in the Southeast.
The block grant will be used to help extend water and sewer lines from the west side of Alabama 77 across the highway to the east side, an infrastructure improvement offered to help the company build the new travel center.
It’s a smart move that will bring a new revenue stream off the interstate and into the city of Lincoln.