Love’s Opens Stop in KY, TA Converting Three Stops in June, Shot Trucker Files Lawsuit
Little Rock, AR – In this edition of Truck Stop News: Love’s opens a new location in Kentucky providing more than 100 new truck parking spaces, TravelCenters of America (TA) is converting three existing stops this month, and a trucker shot by a security guard earlier this year is now suing a giant truck stop chain.
Love’s Opens New Stop in Kentucky Providing More Than 100 Truck Parking Spaces
Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores announced last week it has opened a new store in Oak Grove, KY.
It is located off Interstate 24, adds 65 jobs and features 101 truck parking spaces.
“We’re excited to open our 12th location in Kentucky,” said Tom Love, founder and executive chairman of Love’s. “This stop sits in an important corridor for traffic flowing across the country. We’ll be there for professional truckers and four-wheel drivers to get them back on the road safely and quickly.”
The new location also boasts more than 14,700 square feet, eight diesel bays, nine showers, laundry facilities, two dog parks, a CAT Scale and a Hardee’s restaurant.
TA Converting Three Stops in June
TA recently announced its plans to open three new travel centers in as many weeks during June.
The openings are all conversions of existing travel centers to TA-branded sites, part of TA’s broader, strategic turnaround initiatives, which includes plans to rapidly grow its nationwide travel center footprint through franchising.
On June 2, TA Express opened in Vermillion, SD after converting it from The Fourth Coffee Cup Fuel Stop.
The company will also open two more new conversions this month.
On June 10, TA Express is set to open a location in Nacogdoches, TX, which was formerly the Gateway of Nacogdoches Travel Center.
Then on June 17, a TA travel center will open in Lake City, FL, which was formerly the Shuttle Truck Stop 75.
With these openings, TA will expand its network of total travel centers to 269.
More openings are also planned for 2020, in cities including Huntington, OR; Cookeville, TN; Edgerton, KS and South Houston, TX.
Trucker Shot by a Security Guard at an Oklahoma TA Files Lawsuit
A Texas trucker is suing TA after he was shot by a security guard during a parking dispute earlier this year.
Alvie Paul Sisk, 43, of San Angelo, TX, has filed suit in the District Court of Oklahoma County against TA after suffering serious injuries following a shooting at a TA located in Oklahoma City, OK near Interstate 40 and South Council Road.
The incident, which occurred in the early morning hours of February 14, 2020, garnered a firestorm of media attention after the security guard involved in the altercation, George Daryl Bischoff, 45, killed himself less than a week later.
Sisk’s attorney, Dan Markoff, recently told Transportation Nation Network in an exclusive interview, “I think it is an exceptionally strong case of excessive force. There was no reason whatsoever that the security guard should have even pulled the weapon. Why in the world would he use it over a simple dispute over an unpaid parking space?”
TA has responded and “denies any and all allegations of negligence.”
READ a full report on this case HERE.