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Bowlin Travel Centers, Inc. was formed on August 8, 2000, as a wholly owned subsidiary of Bowlin Outdoor Advertising and Travel Centers Incorporated. The Company operates travel centers dedicated to serving the traveling public in rural and smaller metropolitan areas of the Southwestern United States. The travel centers of the Company offer brand name food, gasoline and a variety of unique Southwestern merchandise to the traveling public through its eleven travel centers located along two interstate highways in Arizona and New Mexico. These are key highways for travel to tourist and recreational destinations, as well as arteries for regional traffic among major Southwestern cities. The travel centers of the Company offer brand name gasoline such as ExxonMobil, CITGO and Chevron. Bowlin is an authorized distributor of ExxonMobil and CITGO petroleum products. Seven of the Company's locations are ExxonMobil stations and three of its locations are CITGO stations. One travel center is a Chevron station. The Company's food service operations at five of the Company's eleven travel centers operate under the Dairy Queen/Brazier or Dairy Queen trade names. On October 30, 2003, the Company sold one of its Dairy Queens located in New Mexico. The loss on the sale of the Dairy Queen was $4,292. The tradition of the Company of serving the public dates back to 1912. The Company advertises its travel centers through a network of approximately 300 outdoor advertising display faces. The billboard advertising of the Company for its travel centers emphasizes Southwestern souvenirs and gifts available at the travel centers, as well as the availability of gasoline and food. Merchandise at each of the Company's stores ranges from Southwestern gifts and souvenirs to jewelry, rugs, pottery, and other gifts. Since 1997, revenues from wholesaling gasoline have accounted for an average of approximately 6.5 percent of gross revenues. All of the Company's travel centers are open every day of the year except Christmas.
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