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Truck stop, town's third, expects to employ 80 people; self-serve gas only; year-long project

TOM BROWN PHOTO   - The Love's Truck Stop in south Madras is expected to open the first week of November. They plan to employ 80 people.

The new truck stop at the south end of Madras will open Nov. 5 and will employ 80 locals.

Love's General Manager Andrew Pectol said Friday that they have been interviewing applicants for a couple of weeks and will continue accepting applications.

"Even if we're fully staffed, we'll still accept applications and interview," Pectol pointed out.

The new business includes an Arby's fast-food restaurant, a store, gas, and amenities for truck drivers such as showers and a laundry facility. Truckers and RVs are welcome to park overnight in the west parking lot free of charge.

Pectol said they have positions for 40 restaurant workers and 40 store workers, including cashiers and maintenance crews. They have filled most positions but are still hiring this week and have begun training new employees in another store.

"We're not doing pumpers. We have maintenance people that will be taking care of the facility," Pectol said. "It'll be self-serve."

He noted that because Jefferson County has fewer than 40,000 people, the gas station is not required to have employees pump gas for customers.

"There are those customers that are not used doing their own gas, so we will have people that will be available to go out and help them, but that's not going to be a position that we staff," he said.

The project began in late November 2019.

The Love's Travel Stops and Country Stores company is privately owned and is headquartered in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. There are more than 520 of the family-owned chain truck stop and convenience stores across the United States.

The Madras stop will be the sixth Love's in Oregon.


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