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12 Convenience Store News | FEBRUARY 2017 | WWW.CSNEWS.COM INDUSTRY ROUNDUP W ith a record year of growth in the books for 2016, Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores Inc. plans to kick things up a notch in 2017 by opening 50 new stores during the year. The Oklahoma City-based retailer welcomed cus- tomers to 47 new locations in 2016 — the most ever in one year in the company's history. These additions gave Love's a total store count of 410 U.S. locations to start the new year. This year, along with opening 50 new stores, Love's plans to expand its customer laundry facilities and add more than 3,400 truck-parking spaces, while also expanding truck parking at existing sites. Plus, Love's Truck Tire Care segment will continue to add more locations and services. "We're always listening to our customers to see what needs we can meet," said Frank Love, co-CEO of Love's. "Since 2008, Love's Truck Tire Care has been taking care of our customers' tire needs and we've consistently heard more tire and maintenance offerings would benefit drivers. We've added light mechanical services, and we introduced oil change capabilities in 2016. Providing our customers with these services helps keep them on the road." There are currently more than 260 Love's Truck Tire Care locations. Light mechanical and oil change offerings will be added to new and existing travel stops. By the end of 2017, more than 300 Love's Truck Tire Care sites will offer oil change and mainte- nance capabilities. According to the company, Love's will also expand its reach this spring when it opens a travel stop in Hardin, Mont. This site will mark the company's first location in its 41st state. In all, Love's will open new stores across 25 states in 2017, including its second travel stop in Maryland, which is scheduled to open in Hagerstown in the spring. Between new store openings, more support staff at the corporate office, and expansion in other areas of the Love's Family of Companies, the retailer will add approximately 3,000 new jobs in 2017, expanding its total employee count to an estimated 20,000. All new Love's travel stops offer amenities such as showers, truck parking, diesel exhaust fluid (DEF), and other driver services; and all locations feature one or more quick-service restaurants. Last year, Love's added three new food brands at select locations and now operates six IHOP Express restaurants, two Dunkin' Donuts locations, and one Taco John's restaurant. Love's Charts Course to Set a New Growth Record in 2017 New travel stops and additional services are on the retailer's agenda In all, Love's will open new stores across 25 states in 2017, including its second travel stop in Maryland, which is scheduled to open in Hagerstown in the spring.

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