New jobs to come as Irish company moves Travel Plaza headquarters to Glen Rock

GLEN ROCK, NJ — Applegreen, an Irish-founded company, has announced that it will move its U.S. Travel Plaza headquarters to Glen Rock and create dozens of new job openings.

Governor Phil Murphy announced the company would invest $126 million in the Garden State during his visit to Ireland to meet business leaders.

The company will redevelop all 21 freeway service areas in New Jersey, Murphy said, creating 800 new jobs in the coming years. Applegreen purchased the “key” service spots last summer, Murphy’s office said. The Woodrow Wilson and Molly Pitcher Travel Center redevelopments are expected to be completed by July 4 this year, according to the press release.

Applegreen’s new headquarters in Glen Rock will add “at least 100” new administrative, development, finance and logistics jobs to the area, according to a press release from Murphy’s office. The company already has a presence in Glen Rock and has more than 5,000 U.S. employees, according to the press release.

The exact location of Travel Plaza’s headquarters and timing of the move have not been made public.

Applegreen is the largest freeway service plaza operator in the United States and has more than 250 locations in 18 states, Murphy’s office said.

Around the state, “the revamped plazas will provide commuters with the latest technology and the highest standards of customer service, including a focus on electric vehicle charging,” the press release said.

Murphy said as a proud Irish-American, he was thrilled to make the announcement with Applegreen.

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

Elizabeth Pierce, president of operations for Applegreen USA, said the company was “thrilled” to announce the move to Glen Rock.

“Northern New Jersey has proven to be an ideal location for our headquarters because it is centrally located to many states in which we operate, is close to several major airports, and provides top talent for our rapidly growing business,” Pierce said in the press release.
“Our northeast footprint is growing rapidly and the opening of our new headquarters and redevelopment of 21 service areas will improve connectivity and convenience for our many customers. The creation of hundreds of new jobs through these exciting projects will give a significant boost to the New Jersey economy, and, as such, today’s announcement is a true Irish-American win-win.”

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