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Delaware officials hope rest stop becomes a destination

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

For years, drivers traveling through Delaware on I-95 could stop at an aging service plaza just north of Newark for a bite to eat and some gas.  But that rest stop was razed early last fall to make way for a state of the art replacement designed to give visitors to the state a better first impression.

The $35-million Delaware Welcome Center offers seven restaurants and four shops to the 4.5 million annual visitors expected to make a top at the plaza.  Construction of the 42,000 sq. ft. main building and 4,200 sq. ft. fuel station took just nine months.  Delaware Governor Jack Markell was one of a handful VIP’s given a sneak peak at the facility last week.  He says, “This is a great way to welcome people to Delaware, so between this and the high speed EZ pass lanes that we’re putting in, we’re really transforming the experience for people who come through our state.”  Elected officials on hand for the ribbon cutting last week also celebrated the fact that the plaza was rebuilt without one cent from the state or federal government.

In addition to traditional fast food offerings, the plaza also has a convenience store and a Delaware souvenir shop.  The plaza also offers 50 CabAire truck parking spots that allow truckers to have power in their trucks without having to idle their engines.

The plaza officially opens to travelers at noon on Thursday June 24.


  • Lissa says:

    If I am coming from the Delaware Memorial Bridge, would I have to go North or South to get to the Rest Stop?

  • Marion Banta says:

    Do you know if the footprint of the building is the same or did they take some of the parking areas. There was a nice grassy area on the northbound side of the building shaded by a big tree which was a nice place to hang out with a dog while others went into the building. Wondering if it’s still there.

  • Jason Clark says:

    June 28 is not a Thursday. Does it open on Mon June 28, or a different day?

    • Mark Eichmann says:

      It opens today, June 24. It was originally scheduled to open on the 28th, but they moved it up to the 24th.

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