First Stand-Alone Rustic opens in Odessa, tx

The Kent Companies opens their first stand-alone Rustic Cafe to meet the demands of hungry eaters in Odessa, TX. Guests who frequent the home-style cafes in Midland, Haskell and Alamogordo, NM, are used to the restaurant being attached to Kent Kwik Travel Centers. While this Rustic shares a parking lot, it is not attached to the truck stop.

Allowing for a more spacious dining room and banquet room, guests can expect the same high-quality food and service. Rustic Cafe is known for dishes like their fall off the plate chicken fried steak, legen-dairy milkshakes and breakfast served all day. If eaters are feeling adventurous they can try the 2-burger challenge to get their picture donned on the wall of fame.

Making things easier for on-the-go guests. The restaurant features a special to-go entrance and pick-up window. So whether you’re dining in, hosting a party in the banquet room, or carrying out, we have space for you. View our full menu here: Rustic Cafe Menu

Kent Kwik travel Center now open in San Angelo, tx

Kent Kwik Convenience Stores Announce the Opening of their 73rd Store

The new store is the first convenience store for the company in San Angelo, TX.

TEXAS, July 1, 2021 – The Kent Companies, the parent company of Kent Kwik convenience stores, is excited to announce that the company has officially opened a new truck stop located at 3251 N Bryant Blvd, San Angelo, TX.

The brand-new Kent Kwik store features a made-to-order kitchen with a large variety of offerings, including pizza, burgers, breakfast, chicken fried steak and Kent Kwik’s fan-favorite sausage biscuits. In addition to great food, the store has a 28-degree beer cave, bag ice cave, 5 showers, 5 diesel fueling stations, truckers lounge, laundry, large trucker parking, Pure Ethanol Free Gasoline, and Kent Kwik’s staple free air and water station. The new Truck Stop will be open 24 hours. 

The new location increased the companies portfolio to 73 company-owned and operated stores throughout Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Tennessee, South Carolina and North Carolina. The company also supplies over 100 contract dealers throughout Texas, Louisiana, Tennessee, South Carolina, and North Carolina. In addition, the company currently has 2 new Kent Kwik’s and 2 Rustic Cafe’s under construction. All are expected to open by end of Summer 2022.

Kent Kwik is proud to be voted Best Convenience and Best Gas Station in Midland and Odessa markets.  The Kent Companies has also been voted Best Employer, with over 100 employees for several years in a row.

The Kent Companies Give $14,000 in College Scholarships to Team Members

On Thursday, Aug. 19th, The Kent Companies hosted its second Team Member Scholarship day where Owner and CEO, Bill Kent, gave out $14,000 in college scholarships to Team Members across all entities of the company. Recipients of the scholarships were Team Members who are currently students and newly hired to Baskin Robbins, Huddle House, Rustic Cafe, Kent Car Wash and Kent Kwik Convenience Stores. To receive the scholarship, the students had to work full-time from June to August.

Team Members and their families gathered at the corporate office of The Kent Companies where they were welcomed with balloon towers, finger food and a Baskin Robbins Ice Cream Cake. Before the handing out of the checks, Bill Kent, Owner, and Todd Watkins, President, spoke to the students and their families about the importance of education and the pride The Kent Companies takes in being able to help students. The students were then called up to receive their $1,000 checks and get their pictures taken.

The 2021 Scholarship Recipients

Braleigh Blanchette
Cameron Curry
Claire Endy
Hadley Hough
Lydia Lee

Brelyn Carrillo
Shubhi Dhamija
Cadence Gee
Amber Kelly
Felicity Vicars

Jessica Colwell
Gold Egot
Jordan Granado
Hannah Lee

This is the second year this event has been hosted, the first being in 2019, and the hope is to continue this program for many summers to come. In addition to this program, The Kent Companies also offers tuition reimbursement to all team members enrolled in college classes. To learn more about this and other benefits visit, https://thekentcompanies.com/employment.php.

Thank you to the Odessa American for attending our event. Read their article here: https://www.oaoa.com/local-news/kent-companies-awards-students-scholarships/

Kent Kwik Tops Largest Donation to PBRC

On Sunday, April 18th, at the annual PBRC Telethon, Kent Kwik and The Kent Companies presented PBRC with a check for $119,700. This year’s donation is the largest donation The Kent Companies has presented in their 30+ year history of donating to PBRC. Last year, The Kent Companies broke over $100,000 for the first time and this year far exceeded all expectations. 2020 was a hard year for everyone and every business and it has been truly amazing to see how our community has come together to raise an amazing amount of money to help families all across the Permian Basin. Donations were collected by Team Members asking guests if they would like to round up their transaction total to the next dollar amount. The extra change that was collected was saved for PBRC. We plan on continuing this form of giving next year and beyond.

About PBRC, “Since 1953, the Permian Basin Rehab Center (PBRC) has served thousands of patients of all ages and abilities who find themselves in need. The PBRC is the Permian Basin’s only comprehensive, non-profit, multidisciplinary rehabilitation facility that provides speech, physical, occupational therapy and hearing/audiology services. The therapists of the PBRC reach a broad cross-section of the community and bring positive change into the lives of countless individuals.”