April 11, 2012

Love’s Travel Stop may be coming to Bloomsdale

By Don Pritchard

BLOOMSDALE -- There is a great deal of excitement in Bloomsdale with word that a truck stop may be constructed on the site of the old Shell station which closed a couple of years ago.

This photo of a Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores is from the company’s website. The Bloomsdale facility may or may not look like this.

City Clerk Lynnette Randoll says an official with Love's Travel Stops and Country Stores first contacted her about three weeks ago. She said the company has already purchased the Shell station and some adjacent property.

She says the official told her they plan a truck stop with a restaurant, probably a McDonalds at the site.

Randoll says she was told the closing of the southbound Bloomsdale rest area increased the need for a place for truckers to take a break.

She said the company hopes to begin construction by July and be in operation by the end of the year.

According to the company's Facebook page:

Love's was founded in 1964 by Tom Love and is headquartered in Oklahoma City.

Love’s is currently ranked No. 15 on the Forbes list of America's largest private companies.

"The Love’s story began in 1964 when founder, Tom Love, opened his first filling station in Western Oklahoma. Tom’s goal was to provide clean places operated by friendly faces, and the goal remains the same today. At Love’s, family owned is a reality. Tom, along with his sons and one daughter, stay involved in the store operations on a daily basis. They take an active role in what is happening in the stores and the communities that surround them."

The company's website is http://www.loves.com/