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."
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.
Decatur-area business openings and closings
Ashley Homestore Outlet and Best Brands Outlet
Mueller Water Products
Dboe's Chicken AN Waffles Jasper
Everyone's Fair Fooderie
Fall Off the Bone Pershing Road
Good's Furniture and Mattres
Escape Decatur Escape Room
Jalisco Mexican Bar and Grill
Love's Travel Stops
River Coffee Company, Tried & True Tattoo and Speakeasy Records & Oddities
Crazy Ladies Cafe
Striglos Business Solutions Center
Main Place Real Estate
Mustard Seed Coffee House
Del Carmen's Pizza
Thor's Alignment and Brakes
Giggles + Bakery
Kansas City Barbecue Pit
The Laurel and the Linden
Convey Health Solutions
Castro's Tex-Mex Grill
Kroger Fairview Plaza
GrassRoots Gro Center
Fence Post Cafe
Long John Silver's
The Lucy Loft and Co.
Door 4 Brewing Co.
Tuscany Steak and Pasta House
R Bar & Grille
CherryBerry, S. Oakland St.
Brass Horn Too
T.J. Maxx at Hickory Point Mall
Hickory Point Bank branch
Casey's General Store
Solsa American Burrito Co.
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Contact Donnette Beckett at (217) 421-6983. Follow her on Twitter: @donnettebHR