Love’s Closes Store After Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19, T/A Opens Two New Stops
Little Rock, AR – In this edition of Truck Stop News: Love’s Travel Stops closes a California store after an employee tests positive for COVID-19 and Travel Centers of America announces the openings of two new Express locations.
Love’s Temporarily Closes Store After Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19
First up this week, Love’s has temporarily closed a store located at 21948 CA-46 in Lost Hills, CA, after an employee tested positive for coronavirus.
“The safety of our employees and customers is our top priority, and we hired a professional cleaning team to disinfect the store,” Love’s spokeswoman Caitlin Campbell told local news outlet KGET. “Additionally, we have directed other employees who may have been in close contact with the team member to contact their healthcare provider and to self-quarantine for 14 days or until cleared.”
While the indoor facilities will remain closed until Monday, April 27 at 3 p.m., the fueling pumps remain open and food options are still being served via drive-thru and carry out.
Also, Love’s has set up a hand washing and sanitation station outside of the store along with portable toilets.
Parking is also not impacted by the store closure, Campbell said.
Travel Centers of America Opens Two New Locations
T/A announced openings at two new Express locations this week.
The first is located on Interstate 85, exit 6, at 300 Kia Blvd. in West Point, GA.
Services and amenities include 25 truck parking spaces, diesel fueling with RFID and DEF at all lanes, private showers, drivers’ lounge, and a Champs Chicken deli.
The second new stop is in Wasco, OR, and located on Interstate 84, exit 104, at 91464 Biggs Rufus Highway.
It features 40 truck parking spaces, diesel fueling with RFID and DEF at all lanes, private showers, and drivers’ lounge.
On-site dining options include Pizza Hut and Krispy Krunchy Chicken.
Earlier this month, T/A CEO, Jon Pertchik, announced the company was making the “difficult decision” to furlough 2,900 field employees, as well as approximately 122 corporate employees.
The mass layoff comes as widespread state and local COVID-19 mitigation policies have taken a toll on the truck stop chain, and more specifically, its restaurants and employees.
“We believe this step is necessary to preserve the long-term success of our company and to ensure our essential services remain available for the millions of professional drivers who rely on us daily,” said Pertchik.
READ more on the layoffs HERE.
Photos courtesy of Love’s, T/A