The $6 Million Expansion

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The $6 Million Expansion

TUCUMCARI, N.M. -- Love's Travel Stops and Country Stores received a warm reception from residents here, as the company reopened its Love’s Country Store after a $6 million expansion, reported the Quay County Sun.

The store, which opened last week, saw a doubling of its diesel lanes from four to eight, and six new gasoline lanes, totaling 12 pumps, the paper reported. In addition, the new facility can host 102 semi trucks, greatly increasing the old capacity of 25, the report stated.

"The new location opened without any major delays," Love's Country Store public relations director, Jenny Love Meyer, told the paper. "In addition to the new location, we have added 25 new employees and three new managers to the existing team of 15 employees and two managers."

The Love's Country Store takes up half of the 4,321-square-foot facility, while the eatery, which boasts a Chester's Fried Chicken, Godfather's Pizza and Arby's, takes up the other half, the report stated.

"I'm just passing through and stopped in. This is a nice place. It's always good to have options," Dave Jackson, a resident of Wichita Falls, Texas, told the paper. "They have a good idea going with separating the building into two halves. The important thing is that it is clean and that is greatly appreciated."

In its first week of operation, the restaurant area was at half capacity, and store manager Jamie Shaw assisted during the lunch rush, the report stated.

"We opened at 8 a.m. Thursday and have had a steady rush of customers in the station and restaurants," Shaw told the paper. "We've had a lot of out-of-town visitors. But many of the locals are excited about the new site and the addition of Arby's."