Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores, a company in business since 1964 and currently ranked No. 9 on Forbes Magazine’s annual listing of America’s Largest Private Companies, officially opened its doors for business in Lexington County on December 12.
“It’s a great location right off the interstate, with easy access in and out of our facility,” general manager Chad Hinds said of the store, located at 340 Long’s Pond Road just off Exit 51 on I-20. “We plan to be a consistent pillar in the community and plan to be involved in the different local events for years to come.”
Love’s, which will employ 50 people, presented a $2,000 donation to the Palmetto Project at the ribbon cutting to celebrate the business’s opening.
The 24/7 operation offers a wide array of products for all types of interstate travelers, business persons and professional truck drivers, featuring Chester’s International and McDonald’s restaurants, a gourmet coffee selection, a variety of fountain drinks, fresh fruit, name-brand snacks, travel items, gift merchandise and more.
The location will also have 86 parking spaces for professional truck drivers and a Love’s Truck Tire Care center on site. The station will offer roadside service to truck drivers and will be offering light mechanical services within the next few months, according to Hinds. The truck stop also has showers, fax services and check cashing.
According to Hinds, the gratifying thing about the job is the ability to offer services and products that make a difference in the everyday lives of the customers. “Our goal is to offer the best customer service no matter what your purpose for visiting us is,” he said.
Love’s was founded in Watonga, Oklahoma 49 years ago and now has more than 310 locations and 180 Love’s Truck Tire Care centers in 39 states. Love’s remains entirely family-owned and operated and is growing at approximately 20 stores per year.
“We’re glad to be expanding our footprint in South Carolina,” said Tom Love, founder and CEO of Love’s Travel Stops. “The Lexington location allows even more people to experience the ‘Clean Places, Friendly Faces’ Love’s is known for. We look forward to being a part of Lexington and contributing to its economic growth.”