Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores was founded in 1964 when Tom and Judy Love leased a closed filling station. From the first store in Watonga, Okla., the Love’s commitment has remained the same: “Clean Places, Friendly Faces.”

Love’s is family-owned and -operated with locations in 40 states. The company also operates 175 truck-tire care centers. Love’s growth rate has been approximately 20 stores per year, and it expected to open 30 in 2014, its 50th anniversary year.

The chain also is remodeling stores inside and out, with interiors designed with cherry walnut accents to accentuate the locations’ foodservice offerings. Remodels include a frozen-carbonated-beverage and frozen-yogurt station. Love’s also continues to expand its made-to-order burrito program at select stores. Most Love’s have branded foodservice, including some with Subway, Dairy Queen and McDonald’s. Most are situated on East-West interstate highways.

No. of Stores:333
Average Store Size:2,500-4,000 sq. ft.
Rank Last Year:32
States of Operation: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
Family Business:Yes