(BELLEVILLE, Kan. – August 31, 2015)
Republic County Economic Development (RCED) announced that Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores (www.loves.com) have selected a general contractor, Darland Construction Company of Omaha, Nebraska, to develop the 24/7 Love’s Travel Stop. The project is located on the northwest corner of 7th Street and Highway 81 in Belleville, Kansas. Dirt work is expected to begin September 1st at the site. Love’s expects the project to be completed in January 2016.
The public is invited to a ground breaking celebration at the project site hosted by Republic County Economic Development on September 9th at 10:00 am.
Luke Mahin, director of Republic County Economic Development, stated, “We are excited that the Love’s Travel Stop project is moving forward on the construction phase. The Love’s company is a proven leader in the travel stop and services industry and we are extremely happy to partner with them on this project. Not only will it draw significant traffic off of Highway 81 but it is adding jobs and generating new sales and property tax revenue. We believe this project will serve as a catalyst in drawing more development to the available NCK Industrial land next to the site.”
Love’s Media Specialist, Kealey Dorian, stated “The a new Love’s Travel Stop will feature name brand snacks, fresh fruit, gourmet coffee, an expanded fountain drink selection, gift merchandise, items for professional drivers and more. The 24/7 store will also include a Subway restaurant, showers for professional drivers, and approximately 65 truck parking spaces and 33 motorist spaces. We plan to hire approximately 25 people.” She followed that “Love’s is known nationwide for its ‘Clean Places, Friendly Faces’ and we look forward to serving the Belleville area.”
In 2013, the Republic County Commissioners traded highway frontage land with the NCK Industrial group providing development opportunity for businesses. RCED assisted the NCK Industrial group in marketing the property and providing information on local incentives and state resources for development. The City of Belleville contributed to the project by approving the annexation of the 80 acre NCK Industrial property into the city, upgrading utilities to the site, and providing development assistance in planning of the project. Mahin states the Love’s project is estimated to cost $4 million dollars. RCED will continue to market the available land at the NCK Industrial site along Highway 81.
About Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores
Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores is headquartered in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Founded in 1964, Love’s has more than 350 locations in 40 states. Love’s provides professional truck drivers and motorists with 24-hour access to clean and safe places to purchase gasoline, diesel fuel, travel items, electronics, snacks and more, as well as a selection of restaurant offerings. On-site Love’s Truck Tire Care centers offer roadside assistance, tire care and light mechanical services for professional truck drivers. Showers, CAT scales and other services for professional truck drivers are also available. Love’s, which remains family-owned and operated, employs more than 12,000 people and is currently ranked No. 13 on Forbes Magazine’s annual listing of America’s Largest Private Companies. To learn more, visit www.loves.com.