Love's 'Christmas Differentiation'

Offers holiday shopping convenience, variety for professional drivers

Love's Travel Stops Christmas (CSP Daily News / Convenience Stores / Gas Stations)

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores Inc. is offering a wide variety of merchandise for the holidays. Love's offers an array of gift items year round, but the efforts are ramped up in the weeks before Christmas.

"We enjoy surprising drivers with our Christmas merchandise and giving them convenient access to popular items that will bring such happiness to the loved ones in their lives," said Tom Love, founder and executive chairman for Love's. "It's the toughest part of what we do, but it's worth it because it's what our customers need."

This year's theme is "Surprise!". In addition to the traditional items that are crowd pleasers every year, such as plush stuffed animals, Diecast trucks and Puppy in a Purse, Love's wanted to find the most off-the-wall items available to fill shelves. A power-riding licensed Mack Truck for kids is among the most unique; a Homer Simpson Mr. Potato Head, mini-drum set, 97-inch stuffed caterpillar, toy crossbow and dozens of other items are also available.

"All the little items that set us apart are hard to find, but the importance of Christmas for Love's is a piece of differentiation," said Wade Hollis, senior manager of category buyers, who helps select the merchandise. "We want customers to be able to buy mainstream things for their kids and families, but we also want to offer some things you can't get just anywhere."

Love's Electronics Center features name-brand GPS units, dash cams, Bluetooth headsets, solar battery chargers, TV/DVD combination players and more. And the chain also features A five-pound Hershey's Milk Chocolate bar or a one-pound Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Christmas Tree should satisfy any holiday sweet tooth.

Top-Selling Stores

  1. Three Rivers, Texas.
  2. Williston, N.D.
  3. Lost Hills, Calif.
  4. Las Vegas.
  5. Tehachapi, Calif.
  6. Gallup, N.M.
  7. Sparta, Ky.
  8. Rolla, Mo.
  9. Van, Texas.
  10. Hogansville, Ga.

The Oklahoma City-based company has more than 330 travel centers in 40 states.

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Part of CSP's 2014 Convenience Top 101 retailers