SIDNEY — A new truck stop is coming to Sidney along Interstate 75 near the Fair Road exit in 2018.
Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores plans to break ground at the intersection of Vandemark Road and the southwest corner of Fair Road at the beginning of April 2018. The business’s grand opening is expected to be in November 2018, after about seven months of construction.
“(Sidney) is a good location for us. There is a high volume of traffic on I-75 and serves an under-served area,”said Love’s Real Estate Project Manager Chad Bruner.
The travel stop will include a gas station, convenience store, restaurants, tire store, truck scales, and semitrailer parking. Hardee’s fast food, Godfather’s Pizza and Chester’s Chicken are the restaurants planned for inside of the convenience store.
Bruner said the Sidney truck stop will employ 60 to 80 employees. He also noted the travel stop will be located between two others Love’s Travel Stop and Country Stores on I-75; one to the north in North Baltimore, Ohio, and the other to the south in Dayton, near the University of Dayton.
Caven Risk, of Brokers Real Estate, who announced on Tuesday, Oct. 31, the truck stop is officially coming to Sidney, said the project has been in the works for about a year with the property owner.
Risk said after presenting statistics obtained from the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) to Love’s about the need for such a business here, given the high amount of trucks traveling through Sidney, Love’s agreed. Over 40,000 vehicles a day come through this area, Risk said, so it made sense for Love’s to develop here as they were already in “expansion mode.”
According to Risk, Love’s bought the 24 acres of land for about $2 million, but plan to invest between $50 to $60 million into the facility.
“It’s exciting. It’s all good stuff for the community,” Risk said. “They are going to hit a home run (here). They are tickled to death to be here now. And were an absolute pleasure to work with.”
In September of this year, Sidney City Council approved the replat Charles M. Cole’s land, which allowed Love’s to take possession of the north 24 acres of land to begin the development of the business.
“It will be a typical Love’s, with gas sales and diesel sales, but size wise, it will be in the upper tier of (Love’s) sites,” Bruner said about the larger model of Love’s Travel Stops.
Kealey Dorian, Love’s media supervisor, said the Sidney truck stop will be built on 10,000 to 12,000-square feet and will have 132 semitrailer parking spots. She said it will include three restaurants and a separate building that will house Love’s Truck Tire Center. The tire center, she said, will be for professional drivers only for tire, break and light mechanical work on their trucks.
Bruner said Love’s will also be making other upgrades to the area including the widening of Vandemark Road, a small widening of Fair Road and the installation of a traffic signal light at the Fair Road exit off of I-75.
Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores was founded in Oklahoma in 1964. It has over 430 locations in 41 states.
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