Road Ranger

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Road Ranger, L.L.C.
Industry Retail (truck stops) (convenience stores)
Founded 1984
Headquarters Rockford, Illinois
Number of locations
Key people
  • Daniel Arnold (Owner, Deceased[1])
  • David Saporta (CEO)
  • Steven Brooks (General Counsel)
  • Robert "Bob" Bly (COO)
  • Ray Pfeil (VP of Accounting)
  • Jeremie Myhren (VP of Information Technology)
  • John Carabelli (VP of Construction)
Revenue $1.0 billion (2012)
Number of employees

Road Ranger is a Rockford, Illinois-based chain of travel centers, truck stops and convenience stores primarily found in the midwestern United States.


The first Road Ranger was opened in 1984 in Rockford, Illinois, by Northern Illinois University business graduate Daniel "Dan" Arnold. The first location was purchased with $5,000 of Arnold's savings and a loan taken out by him and his wife, Linda Arnold.

Arnold sold the company to Phillips Petroleum in 1990 to pursue other interests in real estate and banking, but eventually restarted the company in 1997. Since then Road Ranger has rapidly expanded and modernized, now operating over 80 facilities in six mid-western states.[2]

In 2008 Pilot Flying J announced it was partnering with Road Ranger and would market the diesel fuel at Road Ranger truck stop locations; all non-Texas locations are now part of this partnership.

Road Ranger was owned by Daniel Arnold and co-owner Sunil Puri, founder of First Midwest Group.[citation needed] Arnold died on November 17, 2015.[3]

On March 19, 2015, Road Ranger completed the sale of 42 convenience store locations in Iowa, Illinois and Kentucky to GPM Investments,[4][5] leaving its focus on travel centers, usually in partnership with Pilot.

Top Tier Gasoline[edit]

Road Ranger distributes Top Tier Detergent Gasoline in its own branded Ranger Fuels offering, although in 2010 this was not available at all locations.[6]


Road Ranger operates 36 travel center and convenience store locations in the states of Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Missouri, Texas and Wisconsin.[7] Many of these have associated Subway Restaurants and other food franchises. With the exception of those in Texas, all are now affiliated to Pilot truck stops.

Wild horse preservation[edit]

Road Ranger is the founding sponsor of the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign. Road Ranger donates a portion of the proceeds from fuel sales to the campaign. Road Ranger has been honored and received several community service and greater good awards in recognition of their service to the American wild horse population.[8]

Dixie Truck Stop[edit]

In 2012 Road Ranger purchased, remodeled, and began operating the Dixie Travel Plaza. Opened in 1928, the Dixie is one of the country's original, and oldest truck stops.[9]


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