Laramie could soon be the home of a new Love’s Travel Stop and Carl’s Jr. restaurant, Love’s spokesperson Kealey Dorian said.
Located next to Interstate 80 at the intersection of McCue and Curtis streets, the truck stop is slated to occupy an 83-acre plot of land and could employ up to 60 people once open.
“Construction-wise we started in May,” Dorian said. “We’re on track to open early next year.”
Love’s store and restaurant combined could be about 11,000-square feet, and Dorian said the store could host up to seven showers as well as a laundry facility.
“This location will have a Love’s Truck Tire service facility,” she said. “The facility provides tire services for professional drivers as well as oil changes and light mechanical work for semi trucks.”
With 14 gas pumps for everyday motorists and nine diesel pumps for professional drivers, Dorian said the truck stop was designed to serve heavy traffic loads 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week.
As I-80 experiences frequent closures, she said the truck stop could handle large numbers of vehicles stuck overnight with its 80 parking spaces for professional drivers and 50 parking spaces for average motorists.
“We have a location in Cheyenne and another in Wamsutter on I-80,” Dorian said. “I-80 is very strong freight corridor for the nation, so we ask our drivers where they would like to see a Love’s, and Laramie is a community that continually comes up.”
Laramie’s work force is another boon to building a Love’s on this portion of the interstate, she said.
“We’re always looking for a good community that can sustain us,” Dorian said. “Most of those 60 positions will be fulltime. For pay rates, we do our best to be competitive within the market around the area.”
With more than 430 locations across 41 states, Laramie’s Love’s Travel Stop would be the third location built in Wyoming.