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Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores says the founder of the truck stop chain known for its red and yellow heart logo, "Clean Places, Friendly Faces" motto and in-store showers has died.
The company announced on its website that Tom Love died Tuesday in Oklahoma City. He was 85. A cause of death was not given.
"We are deeply saddened by the passing of our beloved husband, father and grandfather," family members said in the statement. "While the grief we feel is unmeasurable, we celebrate his life and will continue his legacy of living a life filled with integrity, honesty and faith."
Love and his wife, Judy, founded what became Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores as Musket Corporation in 1964, according to the statement. They leased a closed service station for $5,000 in Watonga, about 50 miles northwest of Oklahoma City.
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"In many respects, he was an ordinary person who built an extraordinary business alongside his wife Judy and his family, who he loved deeply," Love’s President Shane Wharton said in the company statement.
Love’s, worth $9.7 billion in 2022 according to Forbes, remains family owned. It now operates about 600 travel stops in 42 states with more than 39,000 employees, mostly along interstate highways.