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Changes coming to Walters travel plaza

WALTERS - There will be a new look at the Elmer Graham Plaza on Interstate 44 near the Walters exit in a few months with rebuilding of the EZ GO convenience store and closing of the McDonald's restaurant.

EZ to close,undergo renovation

Cary Johnson, president of EZ GO Stores, said the company plans to close the store for at least six months to update the facility. 

Johnson said the company would like to start construction in January, but the timing depends on the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority. He said he hopes everything to be completed and the store reopened in six months.

"This will be a new travel center similar to the one in Chickasha," he said. It will continue to sell fuel, snacks, drinks and souvenirs, but this one will have something extra. "We will have a full-service restaurant and a drive through," Johnson said. "We want to continue serving everyone in the area."

The Turnpike Authority is responsible for all land, including parking lots, egress and exit lanes, and negotiates lease contracts with businesses located on turnpike property. 

Jack Damerial, Oklahoma Turnpike Authority public information officer, said the authority is still working on future plans with EZ GO.

The McDonald's at that location has recently been on a month-to month lease, Damerial said. When a lease expires and the company doesn't want to renew, he said, the turnpike authority has the option to solicit businesses to take over the location. Then the turnpike authority reviews the various proposals and a decision is made.

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