Official ribbon cutting held at Love’s Truck Stop

Community leaders help cut ribbon for Love’s Truck Stop. At Center, Eutaw Mayor Raymond Steele and Jeff Klug, Store Manager. Also seen in photo are: Commission Chair Allen Turner, State Senator Bobby Singleton, Former Probate Judge Earlean Isaac, Current Probate Judge Rolanda Wedgeworth, School Superintendent Dr.  Corey Jones and Ralph Banks III with GCIDA and District Judge Lillie Osborne. –Photo by Debbie Duncan
Community Leaders who attended ribbon cutting at Love’s
— Photo by Debbie Duncan
District Judge Lillie Jones Osborne (R) receives donation for Children’s Policy Council from Jeff Klug, Love’s Truck Stop Manager, Mayor Raymond Steele (L) looks on. — photo by Debbie Duncan

On Thursday morning, November 21, 2019, Greene County public officials and community leaders joined Manager Jeff Klug to cut a symbolic green ribbon to officially open the Love’s Travel and Truck Stop at the Interstate 20/59 exit 40 in Eutaw, Alabama.
More than 70 officials including County Commissioners, City Council members, State Senator Bobby Singleton, Mayor Raymond Steele, school system and hospital officials attended the ribbon cutting.
The facility has been open for business since October 24, 2019.
An official press release issued by Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores, based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, celebrated the opening of two new stores in its network, on the same day, one in Eutaw and another in Missoula, Montana. Love’s is the nation’s industry-leading travel stop network with more than 500 locations in 41 states.
The official statement says, “The Eutaw store, located off Interstate 20, adds 101 jobs and 96 truck parking spaces to Greene County. We’re eager to provide quality services and products to customers in western Montana and western Alabama,” said Tom Love, founder and executive chairman of Love’s. “These locations are separated by thousands of miles, but both have the same great amenities that professional and four-wheel drivers enjoy.”
The release, lists the amenities of the Eutaw site as:
•More than 8,000 square feet.
•Chester’s Chicken, Godfather’s Pizza and Hardee’s.
•Ninety-six truck parking spaces.
•Seventy-four car parking spaces.
•Three RV parking spaces.
•Eight diesel bays.
•Seven showers.
•Speedco location on-site.
•Laundry facilities.
•Bean to cup gourmet coffee.
•Brand-name snacks.
•Mobile to Go Zone with the latest electronics.
•CAT scale.
•Dog park.
Mayor Steele indicated that the City of Eutaw raised a million dollars in grants and loans to bring sewage service to the Love’s site, improving lanes and lighting at the Interstate exit leading to the truck stop site. “We are looking forward to additional business development in this new corridor from the Interstate into the city,” said Steele.
City and County officials are also looking forward to an economic boost from the new gas tax and sales tax revenues generated by the truck stop and travel center. Jeff Klug, local manager says that the Eutaw location is the largest full service truck stop between Meridian, Mississippi and Tuscaloosa, Alabama. “ We anticipate serving 700 to 1,000 trucks a day, selling 7,000 to 10,000 gallons a day in fuel,” said Klug.
Manager Jeff Klug presented a check for $2,000 to District Judge Lillie Osborne, President of the Greene County Children’s Policy Council, which serves low-income young people. Love’s made the donation in honor of the ribbon cutting and opening of the new store in Eutaw.
In its official release, the company states that Love’s provides professional truck drivers and motorists with 24-hour access to clean and safe places to purchase gasoline, diesel fuel, fresh coffee, restaurant offerings and more. Love’s has more than 350 truck service centers, which include on-site and stand-alone Speedco and Love’s Truck Tire Care locations. Love’s and Speedco combined is the largest oil change, preventive maintenance and total truck care nationwide network. Love’s is committed to providing customers with “Clean Places, Friendly Faces” at every stop. To learn more, visit ribbon cutting held at Love’s Truck Stop

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