New TA and Love’s Stops in South Carolina and Texas Add 250 Truck Parking Spaces
Little Rock, AR – In this week’s Truck Stop News: TravelCenters of America (TA) announces the opening of a new location in Texas; Love’s Travel Stops has also opened two new locations as well; plus Love’s takes a public relations beating online from truckers about an incident that occurred at one of its stops last weekend.
TA Opens Franchise Location in Texas, Signs Agreement for Another in Tennessee
TA announced the opening of a TA Express in Mt. Vernon, TX this week.
Formerly Duke’s Travel Plaza, the newly-branded TA Express is located on Interstate 30, exit 147 at 300 SE Access Rd.
It features 53 truck parking spaces and includes dining options such as Cotton Belt BBQ and Taco Casa.
The truck stop chain also announced the signing of a franchise agreement to open a Petro Stopping Center in Monteagle, TN.
The new travel center will be located on 21 acres at Interstate 24, exit 135 and is expected to open in the first quarter of 2021.
The opening of the Petro Monteagle will add more than 300 truck parking spaces.
Restaurants planned for the travel center include Papa John’s, Bojangles’ and Betty’s Kitchen, with amenities including a barber shop, fitness center, driver’s lounge, laundry facilities and pet wash.
Love’s Announces the Opening of New Locations in South Carolina and Texas
Love’s opened stops in Summerton, SC, and Laredo, TX this week.
The Summerton store, located off Interstate 95, adds 103 truck parking spaces.
The Laredo store, located off Highway 1472 (Mines Road), provides 87 truck parking spaces.
Both locations are open 24/7 and offer showers, laundry facilities, and multiple dining options.
The Summerton stop features McDonald’s and Subway, while the Laredo location boasts a Godfather’s Pizza, Chester’s Chicken and Subway.
Both stops also offer a CAT Scale as well.
Love’s Responds to Criticism About Security Guard
Earlier this week, Love’s responded to a firestorm of criticism directed at the company after a security guard at its Memphis, TN location was caught on video threatening to shoot a trucker over a parking dispute.
The incident occurred during the morning hours on Sunday, May 17.
In an exclusive interview with Transportation Nation Network (TNN), trucker Joshua Andrews, 41, of Ripley, MS, discussed the story behind the video which quickly went viral.
If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out HERE.
Many people sounded off on social media directing blistering tweets at Love’s and leaving strongly worded responses on the company’s Facebook page.
A spokesperson for Love’s responded swiftly to TNN’s request for comment.
She indicated the security guard in the video was not an employee of Love’s and will no longer be allowed back on the property.
Check out the full response HERE.