Love's to open travel stop, country store in Walton

Published: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 11:47 AM.

“The announcement that Love’s will be placing a location in our Mossy Head Industrial Complex is great news for Walton County and its citizens. It is projected that this project will bring a mix of 80 full and part-time jobs to our county,” said Chairman and District 2 Commissioner Kenneth Pridgen. “I believe that this will jump start the entrance of further businesses to the complex.”

“The addition of the Love’s Corporation to the Mossy Head Industrial Park will give a good economic boost to the local economy,” said District 1 Commissioner Bill Chapman. “Not only will the county surly see positive direct economic earnings from their location here, but it will hopefully be a catalyst to draw additional businesses to the park and be a good first step towards the diversification of our local economy.”

According to District 3 Commissioner Bill Imfeld, “This is an exciting day for all of Walton County. This announcement and partnership with the Love’s Corporation means increased jobs, economic growth and stability for Walton County.”

Vice-Chair and District 4 Commissioner Sara Comander had a lot to say on the announcement. “I would like to thank the former County Commissioners and staff who had vision to begin and work on the Mossy Head Industrial Park. The County has been working towards this for a long time and their efforts have been fruitful. This would not have been possible without former Commissioner Larry Jones and his vision of what the park could be,” said Comander. “I am excited that Love’s will be our first tenant and believe that this is just the beginning of more good things to come including the production of more and better paying jobs. As a County, we love our tourists and that industry, but this is a first strong step towards the diversification of the County’s economy.”

Walton County District 5 Commissioner Cindy Meadows was quick to point out that local residents played a role in introducing Walton County to Love’s. “I have to give credit where credit is due,” said Meadows. “Thank you, Mr. Bill Fletcher and Mr. Art Miller for bringing Love’s Truck Stop to the attention of the EDA and Walton County.”

About Love’s Incorporated

• Founded in 1964 in Watonga, Oklahoma
• The Corporation is Privately held by the Love family
• Brands:
– Love’s Country Stores (Convenience Stores)
– Love’s Travel Stops (Interstate Highway Travel Centers)
– Gemini Motor Transport (Petroleum Fuel Hauler)
– Love’s Truck Tire Care (Tire Care and Roadside Assistance)
• Annual revenues of more than $17 billion
– Employees Approximately 10,000 people at more than 290 locations in 39 States
• Awards
– 2009 – Finalist for the Beacon Award presented by the Journal Record business publication for its “Making a Difference from the Heart” corporate philanthropy campaign.
– 2011 – Love's ranked No. 7 on the Forbes' list of America's Largest Private Companies, making the biggest move on the list of 212 companies, jumping 11 spots from 2010’s ranking of No. 18.

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