Representatives of some truck stops said they would welcome the increased business if the state closed rest areas.
Delia Meier, senior vice president of the Iowa 80 Truckstop near Walcott, said people are welcome to stop, even if they only want to use a restroom.
“People do not have to buy something to use our facilities and to park here,” Meier said.
Bill Walljasper, chief financial officer, at Casey’s General Stores, agreed.
“We are always looking to drive customer traffic,” he said. “I wouldn’t know any retailer who wouldn’t want increased customer traffic.”