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South Madras truck stop and restaurant complex opened Nov. 5, already has 68 employees

HOLLY SCHOLZ/MADRAS PIONEER - Love's Travel Stop General Manager Andrew Pectol slices the ribbon at the new south Madras business during the chamber ribbon cutting on Nov. 17. The business, which includes an Arby's, opened earlier this month. Madras Mayor Richard Ladeby noted that the project represented a$14 million investment in the community. A through road connecting the shop to the Culver Highway is also planned. Upon its opening, Love's donated $2,000 to the local warming shelter.

During a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Love's Travel Stop, Madras Mayor Richard Ladeby said the new business is a great opportunity for the city, and he's very happy to have them in Madras.

"This was a $14 million investment, so we are very happy that they're here," Ladeby said.

He noted that a $350,000 grant helped get the project going by developing the vacant site on the south edge of town.

"It's also going to give us a road to Culver Highway, which is going to be nice," Ladeby said.

Local leaders gathered inside Love's for the Madras-Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce welcoming event on Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 17. The business opened Nov. 5.

Bartt Brick, a Madras city councilor and Madras Redevelopment Commission member, said the MRC helped with sewer services, construction plan review, building permit approvals and all the little details involved in the Love's project.

"Everybody at the city has commented to me how professional and pleasant everyone at Love's was to work with," Brick said during the event.

He said the city is looking forward to getting to know and becoming friends with the truckers who will stop at Love's on their way through town.

Love's General Manager Andrew Pectol said Love's and the attached Arby's restaurant currently employ 68 people.

"It's a lot bigger on the inside than it looks on the outside," Pectol said with a laugh.

The Madras location is open 24/7 and offers many amenities, including more than 11,000 square feet, Arby's, 82 truck parking spaces, 61 car parking spaces, four RV parking spaces, six diesel bays, 12 gas pumps, five showers, laundry facilities, a deli, coffee, snacks, mobile To Go Zone with the latest electronics, CAT scale, and dog park.

Upon opening, Love's donated $2,000 to the local warming shelter.

"Everybody has been really welcoming and friendly, so it's been a real pleasure being here," Pectol said.


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