OKLAHOMA CITY — Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores, which opened its 500th travel stop last November, disclosed plans recently to open as many as 40 travel stops in 2020, all with either a Love's Truck Care Center or Speedco servicing lane on site.
In addition to building the network of Love's Truck Care Center and Speedco locations to more than 400, Love's is working to open a retread plant — its sixth nationwide — and distribution center in Milan, Tenn., before mid-year.
"We enter 2020 with lots of momentum that we'll continue through customer-experience enhancements, product offerings and the best value on the road," Love's President Shane Wharton, said.
"We'll open stores from coast to coast, continue to provide products and services that our customers depend upon and enhance our reputation as the company known for 'highway hospitality.'"
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., Love's claims.
Love's offers nine new tire brands — Aeolus, Bridgestone, BF Goodrich, Dayton, Goodyear, Hankook, Kelly, Michelin and Yokohama — along with Love's in-house-sourced Oliver Rubber-system retreads. Love's offers what it claims is the industry's most extensive warranty on its retreads, covering the reread, casing and any repairs for the full life of the retread.
More recently Love's opened travel stops in Greenville, Va.; Watonga, Okla.; Flowers, Miss.; Topeka, Kan.; Obetz, Ohio; and Malvern, Ark. All but the Topeka location have Truck Care or Speedco services on site.
In addition to passing the 500 store mark, Love's raised a record $3.75 million last year for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals during its annual fundraising campaign.