OKLAHOMA CITY — Love's Travel Stops plans to open 40-plus locations across the U.S. this year and expand the range of mechanical services available at the 52 Speedco locations acquired last year.
The 2018 goal, which will push the truck-stop plaza operator's network close to the 500-outlet level, continues an expansion strategy that has grown the company's network by 147 locations in the past five years, including 36 last year.
Oklahoma City-based Love's does not disclose financial data related to store openings.
"We diligently listen to our customers' needs and are dedicated to meeting them and improving professional drivers' quality of life," Love's Co-CEO Frank Love said.
Love's did not say how many of the 40 new plazas will have Love's Truck Tire Care facilities on site. The company operates tire servicing facilities at 320 of its 440-plus locations.
Love's Travel Stops carry eight new tire brands — Aeolus, BFGoodrich, Bridgestone, Continental, Firestone, Goodyear, Michelin and Yokohama — and retreads from the firm's new Oliver-system retread division.
The Speedco outlets handle Bridgestone, Firestone and Dayton new tires and Bandag retreads.