Love’s plans to build bigger travel stop

by Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun

Construction on a new $4.5 million Love’s travel stop at Mountain Road and I-40 is expected to begin in October, said Jenny Love Meyer, public relations director for Love’s.

The new 4,321-square-foot operation, scheduled to open in late April, will add 12 new positions to its existing staff of 25 employees, Meyer said.

The current Love’s, which opened in 1991 and operates on 2.5 paved acres, will remain open while the new facility is being constructed. For its new operation, Love’s will build on an adjacent eight-acre parcel.

“The way we’ve designed the new facility, it won’t interfere with the current operation. It will be a totally different layout. We think it’s a great looking design. It will have a brick or stone facade. And the opening of the new Love’s should be pretty seamless,” Meyer said.

In addition, it will include an Arby’s restaurant, as well as the Chester’s Chicken and Godfather’s Pizza services which are at the current location, she said.

“This is the first such restaurant combination for Love’s,” Meyer said. “It will seat about 50 people.”
In the future, the company will be going head-to-head with a another travel stop operator.

Love’s expansion comes at the same time that the Flying J announced it would be opening a travel plaza next year, estimated to cost between $4 and $6 million, across street from Love’s at the same I-40 intersection.

Meyer said, “Love’s provides different services and serves a different customer base.”

Love’s is based in Oklahoma City with 188 travel stops.