DENISON, Texas (KTEN) — Fuzzy's Taco Shop — along with a barbecue restaurant and, as of Tuesday, an Einstein Bros. Bagels shop — are slowly opening up at a new travel stop at the intersection of U.S. 75 and State Highway 91 in Denison, just south of the Oklahoma border.

"Everything is coming up pretty good," said Khalid Darkazalli, general manager for Fuzzy's. "It's been a good response, people are excited about it, so we're glad that everybody is getting accommodated."

The 15,450 square foot Pilot Travel Center is ramping up incrementally.

"It's taken a little bit extra to get the building finished, but it's close to being finished," said Tony Kaai, president of the Denison Development Alliance. "They're doing the soft opening right now. Probably be another couple of weeks before they're fully opened at the facility."

The city said the work on the truck stop has stretched out for two years after the COVID-19 aftermath caused construction delays. But the owners did not give up on their vision.

"It's a very exciting project for us," said Kaai. "And again, it brings something exciting to our city that people can enjoy."

The Pilot Travel Center building still has more to add to it, including a section devoted to outdoor activities.

"We have a corner back there that's going to sell fishing and hunting licenses, and we're also going to have a fridge that's going to have live bait in there," said Darkazalli. "And then we'll have all their fishing poles and fishing gear, and hopefully we'll get some hunting gear in the hunting seasons."

The soft opening is set for next Monday, November 28;  the grand opening is expected sometime in January 2023.

An architectural rendering of Victron Energy's planned travel center in Denison.