Love's Travel Stop is scheduled to open today, according to Jenny Love Meyer, director of public relations for the company. The opening came a week or so earlier than company officials originally planned.
The 7,770 square foot store - located next to Waffle House north of Interstate 20 at Exit 172 - contains a game room, showers for truck drivers, a gift shop, six double-sided fueling islands for cars, eight fueling islands for trucks, as well as Subway and Chester Fried Chicken restaurants.
"I think by the looks of things this is going to be busy location," Ms. Meyer said.
The store has employed 44 locals. Ms. Meyer said a grand opening celebration will be scheduled later in conjunction with the Chamber of Commerce.
According to the company's website, the Oklahoma-based Love's Travel Stop started in 1964 and is still family owned. There are currently 185 Love's locations.