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Love’s Raises $1.5 Million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

Funds raised during five-week campaign will benefit 89 children’s hospitals. Love’s Travel Stops raised more than $1.5 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across the country. The company set a new fundraising record during this year’s five-week campaign. More than 290 Love’s locations nationwide contributed by selling paper donation hearts in the amounts of $1,

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The Love’s Revolution

With an increasing store count, ongoing redesigns and a renewed focus on foodservice, Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores has transformed its business model. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores is set to begin construction on its 300th location this August. As it prepares for this milestone, the travel stop

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Love’s Rolls Out Cardless Technology

Love’s Travel Stops tests new cardless technology at 100 locations this month. Love’s Travel Stops completed the first successful live customer transaction using RFID cardless fueling technology and Comdata’s financial processing software at its Pauls Valley, Okla., location. More than 100 Love’s locations will have cardless fueling technology available for professional drivers by the end

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Meat Snacks Are Getting Hot

Major manufacturers are betting on bolder flavor profiles and textures to help appeal to adventurous and sophisticated palates, and health-conscious lifestyles. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor There is nothing timid about Generations X or Y, especially when it involves their taste buds. And when it comes to flavors, the bigger, bolder, hotter and spicier the

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Love’s Opening 10 Oklahoma CNG Fueling Stations

With these 10 new fueling stations, Love’s CNG infrastructure count has reached 11, giving Oklahoma more than 70 existing or planned public CNG stations. Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores, an Oklahoma City, Okla.-based and family-owned operator of more than 290 travel stops and convenience stores, has scheduled grand opening events for six of 10

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Love’s To Open 10 New CNG Fueling Stations

Chesapeake Energy and Love’s team add CNG accessibility across Oklahoma. Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores, an Oklahoma City, Okla.-based and family-owned operator of 280 travel stops and convenience stores, plans to add 10 publicly accessible compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations at existing locations across Oklahoma. These CNG fueling stations will be located in

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Love’s Presents Scholarships to Employees

Five employees and seven dependents get some relief on college tuition costs. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores’ Learning With Love’s Scholarship Fund, now in its third year, has awarded $40,000 in scholarships to a number of Love’s employees and their dependents to assist with college costs for the 2011-2012

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Love’s Donates $1.1 Million to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

Funds raised during five-week campaign to benefit 89 children’s hospitals. Love’s Travel Stops has raised $1.1 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across the country during its annual five-week fundraising campaign; a record for the company. More than 270 Love’s locations nationwide contributed by selling paper donation hearts in the amounts of $1, $5, and

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Love’s Introduces Cardless Fueling

Love’s to install RFID technology nationwide, offering greater control over fuel theft and speedier transactions for customers. Love’s Travel Stops is set to install RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology at all of its locations nationwide. When combined with a RFID tag in the cab of the truck, this technology will enable fuel transactions without a

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Love’s Celebrates 100th Tire Care Center

“We have evaluated the best amenities we can offer at the new travel stop, and look forward to our partnership with the community,” says president of Love’s Development Cos. Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores has opened its 100th tire care center at a new travel stop in Ocala, Fla., and is set to host

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Love’s Announces 2011 Capital Expenditure Plans

Love’s plans to spend $230 million making enhancements to current locations and building new sites. Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores, a national operator of travel centers and convenience stores based in Oklahoma City, has planned capital expenditures of $230 million for calendar year 2011. The majority of this amount, $180 million, is scheduled to

Love’s To Install 40 DEF Pumps

Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores plans to install Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) dispensers at fuel islands at 40 sites during the next four months, discoverDEF.com reported. “We are installing underground storage tanks and multiple dispensers at all of our new travel stops and at many of our legacy locations. The aggressive build out of

Love’s Ranks No. 18 On 2010 Forbes List

Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores (Love’s) is celebrating its 10th consecutive year on Forbes magazine’s annual list of the nation’s largest privately held companies. The Oklahoma City, Okla.-based operator of convenience stores and travel centers, which debuted in the 2000 Forbes list at No. 446, now ranks as No. 18 among private U.S. companies

Love’s Donates $1 Million

Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores is donating $1 million to Children’s Miracle Network, a charity that raises funds for more than 170 children’s hospitals.    Each September, customers are encouraged to purchase paper heart icons valued at $1, $5 or $25 Customers also participate in other local fundraising events hosted by Love’s employees, such

Love’s Fundraises For Children’s Hospitals

Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores are asking customers to purchase a $1, $5 or $25 Miracle Balloon icon to raise funds for Children’s Miracle Network, a children’s charity that raises funds for more than 170 pediatric hospitals. The fundraiser runs from Aug. 27-Sept. 30, and customers are encouraged to participate in a variety of

Love’s Opens Five Chester’s

Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores is opening five new Chester’s locations at its stores. The fried chicken foodservice offering is set to appear at Love’s locations in Corning, Calif., Tacoma, Wash., Des Moines (Clive), Iowa, Oak Creek, Wis., and Gary, Ind. Following the merger of Flying J Inc. and Pilot Travel Centers LLC, the

Pilot And Flying J Complete Merger

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) yesterday gave final approval to Flying J to merge its travel plaza business with Pilot Travel Centers, Truckinginfo.com reported. The merger, effective July 1, is expected to help Flying J emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and create an entity of more than 550 interstate travel centers and travel plazas

Loves To Acquire 30 Flying J / Pilot Locations

Pilot Travel Centers and Flying J are planning to divest about 30 locations (10-15 of which are Pilot locations) to Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores, for an estimated $3 million to $5 million per location, The Trucker reported. The move is an attempt by Pilot and Flying J to alleviate concerns the Federal Trade

Love’s Adds TCH Fuel Cards

Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores Inc., which operates 200 stores in 30 states, now is accepting of TCH payment products at its locations effective June 16, 2010. “Love’s is pleased to make available our travel stop locations to TCH cardholders. Our growing network of facilities will offer these fleets and professional drivers another competitive

Love’s Completes 230 Store Rollout of Retalix Software

Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores has completed a rollout of the Retalix StorePoint suite, including StorePoint POS, StorePoint Back Office and StorePoint HQC applications, with Foodservice and Commercial Fuel modules. The integrated system went live at more than 230 Love’s locations in 2009, including the rapid installation of 60 stores in 20 business days.



Tom Love Honored

Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores’ Founder and CEO, Tom Love, was named one of Oklahoma’s Most Admired CEOs by The Journal Record. During an awards ceremony Feb. 18, the Journal Record honored eight CEOs from around the state as the most admired in their respective fields. Love’s category was private companies with more than

Love’s Opens Store in Tulare, Calif.

Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores has opened a new travel stop in Tulare, Calif., The new site is located at 2700 S. Blackstone Street, or (Paige/Blackstone) State Route 99, exit 85. A grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 2 p.m., this Thursday, Jan. 28, in partnership with the Tulare Chamber

Love’s Welcomes New Employee

Oklahoma City-based Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores has named Lawrence Mantin manager of application development. In this position, Mantin will be responsible for support of back office applications, primarily .NET development for Love’s, which operates more than 200 locations in more than 30 states. Mantin joined Love’s with more than 18 years experience in

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TOP PERFORMERS Subway Subs & Salads McDonald’s Corp. Dunkin’ Brands HONORABLE MENTIONS Blimpie Dairy Queen Nothing draws a customer like credibility, and name brands come with credibility built in. Perhaps nowhere is this more true than in foodservice.  Just ask John Cary, director of operations at the 38-unit Uppy’s chain in Virginia. “If we have

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» 13 Months in prison Ashraf “Mike” Ali, owner of 26 Fast and Easy convenience stores in California’s Bay Area, will serve for an elaborate scheme to defraud the Small Business Administration. » 25 Ranking for Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores on Forbes’ 2008 list of the largest private companies in the U.S., a

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