OKLAHOMA CITY — Love's Travel Stops is planning to open 40 Travel Stops this year — including more than 30 that will have a Love's Truck Tire Care or Speedco unit on site — expanding the truck stop operator's network to 500-plus locations.
"We aim to surpass our customers' needs and are dedicated to improving the lives of professional drivers," Co-CEO Greg Love said, noting the new locations will provide more than 3,000 truck parking spaces.
"The addition of more than 30 Love's Truck Tire Care and Speedco locations will also provide our customers with many more convenient, affordable and reliable options to get them back on the road quicker. We're eager to add these additional resources for our customers to enjoy."
Love's did not disclose its projected investment for the expansion, which follows the opening of 35 locations in 2018.
Since Love's acquired Speedco in 2017, Speedco began offering tire and lube services, making it the largest oil change and preventive maintenance network in the U.S. Speedco expanded its tire brand offerings into locations nationwide in 2018 to include Aeolus, Bridgestone, BF Goodrich, Dayton, Goodyear, Kelly, Michelin and Yokohama new tires along with Love's in-house-sourced retreads.
Love's established a network of four Oliver Rubber-affiliated retread plants in 2016 throughout the U.S. as part of its tire supply strategy.
Love's plans to open a retread distribution center this spring, with more distribution locations planned for the future.
Love's also said it has experienced "tremendous" growth of off-site fleet direct tire sales and Shop Connect, Love's one-stop-shop for fleets to manage accounts and schedule maintenance and inspections at any Love's or Speedco location.