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Macon Chronicle-Herald - Macon, MO
  • Love's Truck Stop coming to Bevier

  • Bevier is about to get some love—specifically a Love's Travel Stop and Country Store. Get all the details here.
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  • Bevier is about to get some love—specifically a Love's Travel Stop and Country Store. A project that has been in the works for approximately five years.
    "A project of this size takes a lot of effort," said Love's Project Manager Steve Walters. "Denise Bennett and I looked at several locations and the Bevier/Macon area just makes sense."
    The Love's Truck Travel Stop and Country Store, in addition to gas, will have a fast food restaurant with drive thru, a convenience store with drinks, snacks, coffee bar and a small grill. The truck driver side will have retail targeted toward truck drivers including gloves, light bulbs, antifreeze, etc. There will be showers for truck drivers and also propane for RVs.
    But many people are wondering—why not Macon specifically?
    "The Macon intersection was originally ground zero for us," said Walters. "We tried Macon but could not find a location. Plus, Bevier had everything we wanted. It had availability, affordability, an interchange already in place, utilities, etc. It just made sense."
    The Love's Truck Stop will be located on the northeast corner of Highway 36 and Highway O. They are purchasing 20 acres of land, but only approximately seven of those acres will be used for this project.
    According to Walters, he met with the landowners and was initially concerned.
    "The land had been in their family for more than 100 years, they were so proud of it," said Walters. "I thought there was no way they were going to sell."
    Before he knew it, the family shared their fathers vision.
    "While the state built Highway 36, the state was filling the property with dirt to build it up, " said Walters. "It was their father's vision for the property to one day become a truck stop. The family is very excited that their father's vision, after all these years, is becoming a reality."
    Love's plans on closing on the property in March or April of 2014. The groundbreaking is expected to take place in June 2014 and the structure will take approximately six months to build.
    But here is the best part. This will bring roughly 25 to 40 jobs to Macon.
    "Although we are building in Bevier, the City of Macon is going to benefit from this," said Walters. "Those employees will probably come from Macon meaning 25 to 40 more people now have a disposable income to spend. And growth spurs growth. Fortunately we are able to look at an area like Bevier and not look at it as what Bevier has to offer, but what 36 has to offer."
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