Love’s Travel Stop Opens New Site

Plans for 10 new compressed natural gas fueling stations

Published in CSP Daily News

OTTAWA, Kan. -- Love’s Travel Stops opened a new store yesterday in Ottawa, Kansas, with the additional promise of 10 new compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations to open across Oklahoma.

The new store, off Interstate 35 at Exit 183, includes a Hardee’s restaurant. It also features 70 truck spaces, DEF dispensers at the diesel islands, CAT scales, five showers, a game room and other amenities.

A Love’s Truck Tire Care center is located onsite at the travel stop. Love’s Truck Tire Care centers are open 24/7 and are equipped with state-of-the-art tools and equipment to meet truck care needs.

Professional truck drivers will receive double “I Love Rewards” loyalty points on purchases at the new location through Nov. 27.

“We are committed to offering our customers a variety of products and services at our travel stops to keep them moving on the road,” said Greg Love, president of Love’s Development Companies. “Love’s is excited to continue to grow throughout the country to better serve our customers.”

Meanwhile, Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores announced plans to add 10 publicly accessible (CNG) fueling stations at existing locations across Oklahoma. These CNG fueling stations will be located in Altus, Chickasha, Guthrie, Guymon, Lawton, Norman, Okemah, Oklahoma City and Webbers Falls, with one additional Oklahoma location soon to be determined. The stations will be built and operated in cooperation with Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake Energy Corp., the nation's second-largest producer of domestic natural gas.

The addition of 10 new CNG stations at Love's locations in Oklahoma will bring the company's CNG station count to 11 and give Oklahoma more than 50 public CNG stations. The company opened its first public CNG fueling station earlier this year at its store located in Kingfisher, Okla., where several companies, including UPS, AT&T and Chesapeake, operate CNG fleet vehicles.

"We are pleased at Love's to join with Chesapeake Energy to add CNG fueling stations at a time when demand is growing for natural gas as a transportation fuel in Oklahoma," said Jenny Love Meyer, Love's director of communications. "Every year more companies are converting their fleets to run on CNG. Chesapeake's decision to convert its entire 4,500-vehicle fleet to CNG last year added important momentum.

“We are seeing commercial and consumer interest in CNG continuing to rise. At Love's, we want to be sure we meet the needs of our diverse customer base by offering a variety of fueling options, which now includes CNG at a growing number of our locations in Oklahoma. And, by supporting CNG, we recognize we are also helping boost Oklahoma's energy-driven economy."

Construction on the 10 CNG fueling stations will begin in December and performed by Preferred Services, a company headquartered in Oklahoma.

Founded in 1964 by Tom Love, Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores is headquartered in Oklahoma City, Okla., and remains entirely family-owned and operated. With more than 275 locations in 39 states, Love's current growth rate is approximately 20 locations per year.