By Patrick Yost
With the fanfare of a chamber of commerce ribbon cutting, Love’s Travel Stop on Monticello Highway held its official grand opening on Thursday.
The truck stop, the largest in the 530 unit truck stop chain, has been open for the last three weeks but on Thursday General Manager Allen Roberts welcomed business and community leaders to tour the massive complex. Roberts said the company has been ecstatic with the reception it has received and with the local employees it has hired for its more than 90 person workforce. “The last three weeks has been absolutely wonderful,” Roberts said.
With COVID-19 precautions in place, the business, he said, has been deemed essential to service tractor trailer truckers so that they can “continue to deliver the goods that are necessary for all of us.”
Love’s Travel Stop has room for 108 trucks at the Monticello Road location and will, in October, open its full service maintenance and repair center for trucks.
The travel center includes Hardee’s and Godfather Pizza franchises that employe more than 50 people, Roberts said.
“This is the largest store Love’s has ever built. It is more than 17,000 square feet,” he told the Madison-Morgan Chamber of Commerce contingent.
Roberts also donated a $2,000 check to Morgan County Elementary School Principal Linda Smith. “Teachers are an essential piece of America,” he said. “They help us become the adults we are today,” he said at the opening.
The group toured both the inside of the bustling facility and the grounds. While walking through Hardee’s, Roberts pointed to two tables wedged into the corner of the restaurant and smiled. “We’ve already got our morning coffee club,” he said.