- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 14, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma-based Love’s Travel Stops plans to open about 30 new stores this year as the company marks its 50th anniversary.

Love’s began in 1964 when Tom and Judy Love leased an abandoned filling station in Watonga. The company now has 312 locations in 39 states and more than 10,000 employees.

The Oklahoman reported Tuesday (https://bit.ly/L79B5a ) that Love’s typically adds about 20 stores annually, but officials plan to accelerate growth this year.

“Many companies are still struggling due to the economy, but we’re fortunate to maintain our growth status,” Love said. “I’m proud of how far we’ve come, but this unprecedented year of building that coincides with our 50th anniversary goes a long way toward showing that Love’s has a lot more ground to cover.”

The company is set to expand in its 40th state when it opens a travel stop this fall in Cumberland, Md. Spokeswoman Kealey Dorian said Love’s is looking to build where there is customer demand.

“There are gaps in driver services nationwide,” she said.

Love’s also is remodeling, expanding or rebuilding some of its existing locations, while adding to its Truck Tire Care centers. The company also plans to add compressed natural gas fueling at 10 locations in Oklahoma and Texas.

“I’m humbled every day by our success,” Tom Love said. “Our unwavering commitment to our customers has been a significant force that’s driven us full speed into the second 50 years of Love‘s.”


Information from: The Oklahoman, https://www.newsok.com

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