Love’s Adding More Dog Barks, er, Parks

Truckstop chain bow-wowing to high level of demand from drivers
Photograph courtesy of Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores

OKLAHOMA CITY — As the dog days of summer continue, Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores is expanding the number of dog parks at its truckstops nationwide, the company announced ahead of National Dog Day, Aug. 26.

The chain now has more than 60 dog parks, with an additional 90 under construction.

“As more and more professional drivers take their four-legged friends with them on the road, we’ve seen great use of our dog parks,” said Lance Schmidt, Love’s director of facilities maintenance. “Dogs have become such important members of the family, so we’ve also seen strong demand from four-wheel travelers as well.”

Love’s opened its first dog park in late summer 2018. The company decided to add a dog park to each new location and retrofit older locations due to high demand from customers, it said. Customer input dictated design and placement of the dog parks.

Oklahoma City-based Love’s has more than 490 locations in 41 states. The chain is No. 17 in CSP’s 2019 Top 202 ranking of the largest convenience-store chains in the United States.

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