Love’s Travel Stops Sets Store-Opening Record in 2016
(OKLAHOMA CITY, December 20, 2016) – Professional drivers across the country now have access to nearly 50 new Love’s locations, providing them with more places to park, rest and access driver services. Love’s Travel Stops rounded out 2016 by adding 47 new stores to its network of locations across 40 states, which is a record for the most stores opened in a single year in Love’s history.
“2016 was a landmark year for Love’s. By opening 47 new stores across 20 states, we surpassed 400 locations and added more than 3,000 truck-parking spaces to busy interstates and highways,” said Frank Love, co-CEO of Love’s. “We’re committed to serving our Customers in as many ways as possible and part of that is adding more locations to provide services in areas where we didn’t offer coverage.”
In addition to giving drivers access to more than 3,000 new truck-parking spaces, Love’s also added more than 220 showers at new travel stops in 2016. All new travel stops offer amenities such as showers, truck parking, DEF, quick-service restaurants and other driver services.
Love’s introduced three new restaurant concepts in 2016, bringing Love’s total number of quick-service restaurant partners to 19. Love’s opened two Dunkin’ Donuts at the travel stops in Sikeston, Missouri, and Canaan, New York. IHOP Express® restaurants are now featured at six Love’s Travel Stops in Blytheville, Arkansas; South Jacksonville, Illinois; Norfolk, Nebraska; Sidney, Nebraska; Okmulgee, Oklahoma, and White House, Tennessee. The travel stop in Liberal, Kansas, boasts Love’s first Taco John’s restaurant.
Love’s Truck Tire Care added more than 20 facilities in 2016, bringing its total nationwide to more than 260 locations. Love’s Truck Tire Care also expanded its offerings this year to include a focus on oil changes to the motor, transmission and gear boxes. Services are complemented by preventive maintenance including fluid levels, fluid and filter quality checks and lube services.
“In addition to adding locations and services at the store level, we continue to expand in other areas. We always have our travel stop Customers in mind and we look for ways to support them through other means,” said Love.
Love’s opened seven new hotels adjacent to travel stops under nationally recognized hotel brands in 2016, giving Customers convenient access to a place to rest in close proximity to travel services and quick-service restaurants. This year, Love’s opened two Sleep Inn & Suites in Jasper, Alabama, and Cumberland, Maryland; two Best Western Plus hotels in Chandler, Arizona, and Hudson, Colorado; one Suburban Extended Stay in Midland, Texas; one Fairfield Inn & Suites in Burlington, Colorado; and one Comfort Inn & Suites in Sidney, Nebraska. Love’s now owns 11 hotels in eight states.
Earlier this year, Love’s acquired Trillium CNG, a nationally renowned compressed natural gas (CNG) company, solidifying Love’s long-term commitment to CNG as an alternative fueling option for professional fleets invested in stable costs and sustainability. Together, Love’s and Trillium operate 65 CNG facilities.
Musket Corporation, the trading and logistics arm of the Love’s Family of Companies, also experienced growth this year. Musket opened seven diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) wholesale bulk rack terminals across the United States. DEF is a NOx abatement fluid that converts harmful emissions to nitrogen and water. The facilities are strategically located near Love’s stores to easily provide round-the-clock access to DEF.
About Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores
Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores is headquartered in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Founded in 1964, Love’s has more than 400 locations in 40 states. Love’s provides professional truck drivers and motorists with 24-hour access to clean and safe places to purchase gasoline, diesel fuel, travel items, electronics, snacks and more, as well as a selection of restaurant offerings. On-site Love’s Truck Tire Care centers offer roadside assistance, tire care and light mechanical services for professional truck drivers. Showers, CAT scales and other services for professional truck drivers are also available. Love’s, which remains family-owned and operated, employs more than 17,000 people. To learn more, visit www.loves.com.