Love’s Closes Restaurants Overnight, Sapp Bros. Suspends Paid Parking, Two Chains Give Raises
Little Rock, AR – Two major truck stop chains recently announced raises for all of its hourly store employees; Love’s Travel Stops is closing its restaurants during overnight hours, Sapp Bros. suspends “paid parking,” and Travel Centers of America (TA) shares a touching note from a thankful trucker in this edition of Truck Stop News.
Last Friday, Loves Travel Stops announced it was providing a $100 bonus and a $2/hour raise to all of its store employees company wide.
Pilot Flying J (PFJ) followed suit on Monday by announcing a $2/hour raise for all of its hourly “team members.”
PFJ’s raise is retroactive back to March 19, and Love’s increases, which also include Speedco and Love’s Truck Care hourly employees, will run through May 1 and “will be evaluated at that time,” the company said.
Store managers will be happy too, as both chains also indicated all salaried managers will receive their quarterly bonuses regardless of whether their goals were reached.
“Unprecedented times means unprecedented measures and that’s what Love’s is doing as a company,” said Shane Wharton, president of Love’s. “The fantastic work of our store teams deserves to be rewarded. It is our mission to serve those professional drivers who are a part of getting America’s vital goods, including medical and food supplies, delivered throughout the country.”
Love’s Closes Restaurants During Overnight Hours
In a move that will surely draw the ire of some truckers, Love’s announced last weekend it would be closing one restaurant at each location with three on-site, and all other restaurants will be closed during the overnight hours.
“Starting Monday, March 23, new restaurant hours will be 6 a.m. – 10 p.m. local time,” a company statement said. “Our restaurants will continue to offer take-out and drive-thru options during these new hours but not during the overnight closure.”
Love’s says the overnight closures will “allow Love’s teams to better accommodate customers and focus on enhanced cleaning protocols.”
The Oklahoma City-based chain is also making changes it is self-service protocols in response to COVID-19 concerns.
“We’re converting all self-service roller grills, coffee/drink bars and delis to full-service at all Love’s beginning 7 a.m. local time, Monday, March 23,” the company said. “This change means only Love’s teams will serve products like hot dogs, coffee & fountain drinks. We will continue to follow proper safety glove procedures while operating the full-service stations. And every 30 minutes, we’ll trade out grill tongs & fountain nozzles.”
Sapp Bros. Suspends Paid Parking at All Locations
Sapp Bros. announced on Tuesday that, effective immediately, it would be suspending “paid parking” at each of its 17 locations.
“In response to COVID-19, we’re suspending paid parking at all our locations for the time being,” a company statement said. “All truck parking is free for now. We remain open at all locations to serve you. Thank you, drivers!”
For a complete list of Sapp Bros. locations and current fuel prices, click HERE.
TA Shares Touching Note from Thankful Trucker
TA recently shared a thoughtful encounter a trucker had with workers at its Country Pride restaurant in Tooele, Utah.
According to the store’s general manager, Jill Jennings, restaurant workers were encouraged when on Tuesday evening, March 17, a trucker wrote a note of gratitude to the staff.
The trucker, who was not identified, left a note on his receipt, “Thanks for being out and helping truckers feel like they ain’t in this alone.”
Jennings says the kindness of the trucker was a “reminder of why we do what we do.”
If you missed last week’s edition of Truck Stop News, get it HERE.
Cover photo courtesy of Loves