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Construction underway at Love's Travel Stop site north of I-40 in Williams
Officials with the chain expect construction to last into November
LP’s Excavating removes rock from the 13-acre Love’s Travel Stop site north of I-40. Officials with the chain expect construction to be complete sometime in November. Ryan Williams/WGCN
LP’s Excavating removes rock from the 13-acre Love’s Travel Stop site north of I-40. Officials with the chain expect construction to be complete sometime in November. Ryan Williams/WGCN

Marissa Freireich
Williams-Grand Canyon News Reporter

WILLIAMS, Ariz. - Construction has started on the Love's Travel Stop in Williams, which will be located on Grand Canyon Boulevard north of Interstate 40.

Workers broke ground April 7 to complete preliminary work on the site. Larry Pittenger, owner of LP's Excavating in Williams, said his company is working on removing rock from the 13-acre site, preparing building pads, and completing about 10,000 yards of paving.

Kealey Dorian, a media specialist for Love's, said the company expects construction to take between six and nine months.

"Right now we're looking at a mid November open date, but keeping in mind that that could slide one way or another," she said.

Typically, Love's Travel Stops are about 10,000 square feet and have eight fuel islands and seven diesel islands, according to Dorian. The Williams location will have parking spaces for 91 trucks.

Besides serving as a gas station, the Williams location will also contain Carl's Jr. and Subway restaurants. In addition, the Love's will have a convenience store.

"That will feature your typical items that will help people as they're traveling along or people who are just riding in from the community there to get coffee or snacks," Dorian said.

Williams' current level four water restrictions restrict the issuance of any new commercial and residential building permits. However, since Love's officials submitted their permits before the restrictions went into effect, construction on the project is allowed to proceed.

Pittenger said his company is buying reclaimed water from the city to use for the Love's construction project.

Love's is a family-owned company with more than 300 stores in 39 states. Dorian said Williams is an ideal location for the company.

"It really aligns very well with our other locations in the area with Joseph City on I-40 and then Kingman, Ariz. on the other side of I-40," she said. "So we really think that this is going to cover a gap in driver services on the professional side and it will also give people in the community more options for dinner, a place to stop, a place to fuel up."

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• Love's Travel Stop to open April 9 in Williams
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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, April 21, 2014
Article comment by: R U SERIOUS

I travel around Utah, New Mexico and Arizona all the time. Not one time has a gas station of any kind made me want to stay in a town. Any gas station "this business will cause more people to stop in the area"? Baloney. Any gas station at the freeway will bring in tax revenue for the city.

Posted: Thursday, April 17, 2014
Article comment by: Williams Taxpayer

I pray we can all lift up our eyes to the hills and see where our help comes from...this business will not only bring revenue for the city but will cause more people to stop in the area benefiting ALL of us. Let's get rid of small town thinking and keep our small town full of life!

Posted: Thursday, April 17, 2014
Article comment by: TO OMG

The prices you quote are the prices they give to "locals" not the much higher prices they charge tourists. It will be good for the town to have at least one station that does not take advantage of visitors...although the newspaper won't publish this because we don't want the visitors to know about the 2 price system

Posted: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Article comment by: O M G give it a break

I have never seen so much hype over a gas station. Front page news???? I"m going to laugh my tail off when they charge more for gas then what all of you are expecting.

Me, I'm going to keep supporting Wagnors, Cowan & Magee, and even Chuck.. They have been here and supported everything in this town from girls little league to the fire department fund raisers. It will take Love's a long time to catch up to the amount of support these businesses have shown the community.

Here is a little math for you wise consumers. 10 gallons at 3.59 = $35.90
10 gallons at 3.30 = $33.00
If saving that $2.90 cents is that important to you, then so be it.

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