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Road Ranger

Road Ranger, L.L.C.
Type Private
Industry Retail (truck stops) (convenience stores)
Founded 1984
Headquarters Rockford, Illinois
Number of locations 100
Key people Daniel Arnold, CEO
Revenue $1.0 billion (2012)
Employees 1,100

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

Founding and early history

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. [1]

Road Ranger is owned by Daniel Arnold and co-member Sunil Puri, founder of First Rockford Group.

Daniel Arnold remains at Road Ranger acting as founder and CEO.

Top Tier Gasoline

Road Ranger distributes only Top Tier Detergent Gasoline.[2]


Road Ranger operates 80 travel center and convenience store locations in addition to 22 Subway Restaurants in the states of Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Missouri, Wisconsin and Kentucky.[3]

Wild horse preservation

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. [4]

Partnership with Pilot Flying J

In 2008 Pilot Flying J announced it was partnering with Road Ranger and would market the diesel fuel at Road Ranger truck stop locations. Since the partnership began the chains have added seven additional partnered locations together.

Dixie Truck Stop

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.[5]


  1. ^ Road Ranger and Kiswaukee College
  2. ^ Top Tier Retailers
  3. ^ Locations]
  4. ^ Road Ranger Honored]
  5. ^ Road Ranger buys the Dixie]

External links

  • Road Ranger company website
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