OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma-based Love's Travel Stops says it will open up to 30 new stores this year as the company celebrates its 50th anniversary.
The Oklahoman reports that Love's typically adds about 20 stores annually, but officials plan to accelerate growth this year. Founder Tom Love says the company looks forward to an "unprecedented year of building that coincides with our 50th anniversary."
Love's began in 1964 when Tom and Judy Love leased an abandoned filling station in Watonga. The company now has 312 locations in 39 states and more than 10,000 employees.
The company is set to expand in its 40th state when it opens a travel stop this fall in Cumberland, Md.
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