Huddle House Franchisee Featured in The Progress

Article highlights a Huddle House franchisee in a new but familiar co-branding location in Dinwiddie County and Hopewell, Virginia.

Huddle House is featured in a September 2016 article called “The Road Ahead” on the website – see the article below:

PRINCE GEORGE – A locally owned convenience store chain hopes to take the next step in its expansion plans with the construction of a truck stop near the Exit 45 “gateway” off Interstate 95.

Star Express was founded in 2006 by Danny Patel and today is run by his sons Shiv, 30, and Dev, 26. The chain currently operates four locations, including one next to the Courthouse Complex and another in Petersburg at the intersection of County Drive and Hickory Hill Road.

The Exit 45 project, on an undeveloped parcel on the east side of U.S. Route 301 about a half-mile north of the interchange, will be their first truck stop, said Shiv Patel, who serves as Star’s chief operating officer.

It will also bring back to the Tri-Cities a name familiar to travelers, especially in the South – Huddle House.

Star has inked a deal with the Atlanta-based diner chain to operate a restaurant in the 9,000-square foot location the company hopes to build. A franchisee at one time operated Huddle House locations in Dinwiddie County and Hopewell, but they closed a few years ago. Currently, the nearest locations to the Tri-Cities are in Franklin and Emporia.

The restaurants typically are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and serve breakfast, lunch or dinner items all the time.

“Dev and I spent months researching franchises, and we agreed on Huddle House together,” Patel said. “We love everything about the franchise opportunity and the restaurant and we have the best team working with us to ensure our new Huddle House will be a success from the very start.”

Other amenities at the planned travel park will include a convenience store, shower facilities for truckers and a dog park for truckers and others who travel with their pets.

Patel said the company has been working with county officials for some time already and has submitted a revised site plan for consideration. If the plan is approved and the project gets a thumbs-up from the Board of Supervisors, construction could start by mid-December, with completion expected within nine months after that.

By that time, Patel said, the company hopes to have another new store in the pipeline at a location yet to be determined.

“Our plan is to have 35 stores by 2030,” he said. “We’ve still got a long way to go.”

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