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DECATUR — Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores has opened its new location in Decatur, the company said in a news release Thursday(today).

The gas station and Hardee's restaurant are at 3925 County Fair Drive, off Illinois 121, near Interstate 72 at exit 138. The more-than 10,000-square-foot business will be open 24 hours, seven days a week.

“Decatur is a heavily traveled city situated along the popular I-72 route, connecting both professional truck drivers and motorists to significant destinations throughout Illinois,” said Tom Love, founder and executive chairman of Love’s, in the news release. 

Love's said 75 employees have been hired for the new business. Services include 51 truck parking spaces, seven diesel bays, five RV parking spaces, five showers, laundry facilities and a tire care center.

"We are excited that Love’s has chosen Decatur as its newest location," said Decatur Mayor Julie Moore-Wolfe. "We look forward to having Love’s serve our community, the travelers in our area and our major manufacturers and producers. Love’s will be a welcome partner in our network."

The Decatur City Council on May 21, 2018, approved the use of up to $750,000 in local motor fuel tax to reconstruct County Fair Drive, which connects to the truck stop. The tax charges 5 cents per gallon at the pump for gas stations in the city and 1 cent per gallon for diesel.

Decatur officials have also said they hope that the Love's investment would spark more development near that location.

Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores has more than 480 locations in 41 states, according to the company. Founded in 1964 and headquartered in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the company remains family-owned and operated and employs more than 23,000 people.

Love’s management will host a grand opening ribbon-cutting ceremony 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 7. 


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Contact Donnette Beckett at (217) 421-6983. Follow her on Twitter: @donnettebHR

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“Together Decatur” columnist and food and drink reporter for Lee Enterprises Central Illinois.

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