Keep on truckin’ — Love’s Travel Spot opens in Cayce

Love’s Travel Spot got some love Tuesday.

“The City of Cayce welcomes you. If there is anything we can help you with, let us know,” said Cayce Mayor Pro-Tem James “Skip” Jenkins.

Photos by Terry Ward

Jenkins spoke as the ribbon was cut for the new 12,000-square-foot travel center. Love’s was built in Richland County, but Cayce reached across the Congaree River a few years ago and annexed the site where Love’s now sits. It’s just off of I- 77, Exit 5, at 2015 Bluff Road.

It was the first ribbon-cutting in 2017 for the Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber of Commerce.

Darius Jackson, Love’s general manager for the Cayce location, said the store has 75 employees, but more will be hired. Love’s District Manager Tony Cribb said there are 410 Love’s Travel Stops nationally, and more are being opened on a weekly basis.

The company also gave donations to Harvest Hope Food Bank and its neighbor Heathwood Hall (for home rehabilitation) during the ribbon cutting ceremony.

The store is is open 24 hours, seven days a week. It offers gourmet coffee, fresh fruit, and gift items. There also is a Chester’s Chicken and a McDonald’s restaurant attached.

It has 92 parking spaces for professional truck drivers, a Love’s Truck Tire Care center and seven showers. The Cayce location is Love’s eighth in South Carolina.

“Cayce is in an ideal spot for a new travel stop. With its location along Interstate 77 in the greater Columbia, South Carolina, metropolitan area, and its proximity to Interstate 26, we’re in a great place to serve members of the community, as well as leisure travelers and professional drivers,” said Tom Love, founder and executive chairman of Love’s in a press release.

Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores is headquartered in Oklahoma City, Okla. The chain was founded in 1964. There are Love’s facilities in 40 states.

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