BRISTOL, Va. – Bristol’s Food Truck Park had a grand opening Friday so big some trucks sold out within two hours.
Local businesswoman Lauren Griffin came up with the idea for the food truck park when she needed a home for a second Blended Pedaler food truck. Instead of creating a space just for his own business, Griffin decided to invite other food trucks in and created the city’s first food truck park just off the Lee Expressway at Exit 7 at Bristol, Virginia.
“It’s just something we wanted to bring – a new idea and something to support small businesses,” Griffin said during a downtime after the initial rush of what she called an opening day. “absolutely crazy” which saw hundreds of people having lunch.
With an outdoor market feel, the park has covered seating, a corn hole, and a dog-friendly atmosphere. For Griffin, the success of the first day shows that the Bristol community craved something like a food truck destination.
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“The support we received from the community was overwhelming,” Griffin said. “I didn’t realize how many food trucks were in this area until they started reaching out.”
Going forward, Griffin sees the park hosting events like cookouts, special competitions and fundraisers, but for now Bristol’s burgeoning food truck mecca is sure to please not just the hungry, but also to local food truck owners. who see benefits in working alongside like-minded businesses and prioritizing community over competition.
“It’s not competition, because everyone is doing their own thing,” Griffin said. “We all support each other.”
The food truck park off Travelite Road will be open seven days a week, as long as a truck is there, Griffin said. Lineups and vendor updates are available on Bristol’s Food Truck Park Facebook and Instagram pages.