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Applegreen CEO Bob Etchingham (left) with New Jersey governor Phil Murphy

Applegreen has announced plans to move its US headquarters to Glen Rock, New Jersey, as part of an investment of $126m in the State of New Jersey.

Applegreen has already committed to redevelop New Jersey’s 21 on-highway service plazas in a move that will create 800 new jobs over the coming years. The first two redevelopments, at the Woodrow Wilson and Molly Pitcher travel plazas, are expected to be completed before the July 4 Independence Day holiday in the US.

The announcement was made as New Jersey governor Phil Murphy met Applegreen executives at their global headquarters in Dublin.

He said: “As a proud Irish-American, I am thrilled to be in Dublin and joined by Applegreen, Ireland’s foremost service plaza operator, to announce the relocation of its US Travel Plaza Headquarters to New Jersey.”

“Applegreen is a world-class travel infrastructure partner who will generate significant economic growth for the state and bring innovation and expertise to the redevelopment of New Jersey’s 21 on-highway services plazas. We welcome the hundreds of new jobs that Applegreen will bring to New Jersey and look forward to building a strong partnership that drives our state’s innovation economy forward.”

A statement from the governor’s office described Applegreen as the largest highway service plaza operator in the US, operating more than 250 sites across 18 states.

It said one of Applegreen’s priorities in the US was providing electric vehicle charging and it was installing EV infrastructure throughout the North East of the US.

Elizabeth Pierce, president of Applegreen USA Operations, said: “We are thrilled to announce our new Travel Plaza Headquarters in Glen Rock, New Jersey. Northern New Jersey proved an ideal location for our headquarters as it is centrally located amid many states in which we operate, is close to several major airports and offers top talent for our rapidly growing business.

“Our north-east footprint is expanding rapidly and the opening of our new headquarters and redevelopment of 21 service plazas will enhance connectivity and convenience for our many customers.

“The creation of hundreds of new jobs through these exciting projects will deliver a significant boost to the New Jersey economy, and, as such, today’s announcement is a genuine Irish-American win-win.”

Applegreen CEO Bob Etchingham commented: “Our investment in a new Travel Plaza Headquarters in the town of Glen Rock and rebuilding of 21 service plazas underscores our commitment to the state of New Jersey. We look forward to continuing to be a good partner to New Jersey and to helping the Garden State maintain its national transport connected competitiveness for many years to come.”

Applegreen acquired the concession for 21 service plazas across the state of New Jersey in summer 2021.