A new truck stop complete with a convenience store and fast food restaurant is coming to the Eastern Iowa Industrial Center in northwest Davenport.

During a groundbreaking on Wednesday, officials announced Love’s Travel Stops, with more than 260 truck stops nationally, will build another facility in the industrial park on Northwest Boulevard just north of Interstate 80.

Bill Gleason, real estate project manager for the Oklahoma City-based Love’s Travel Stops, said the facility will include a gasoline station, a convenience store, accessories for truckers and an Arby’s restaurant. Construction is expected to begin next month, and the target date for completion is before Thanksgiving, he said.

“This has really been a team effort on behalf of the city, and we are happy about it,” he said.

The Greater Davenport Redevelopment Corp., owners of the industrial center, has been working with Love’s for more than two years negotiating the sale and preparing the site for development. Davenport Alderman

At-Large Gene Meeker, who is vice president of the corporation, said it took a lot of time and work.

“Love’s is excited to open a state-of-the-art travel stop in Davenport, our third in Iowa,” Greg Love, president of Love’s Development Cos., said in a news release. “We’re proud to support the local economies in the communities where we operate, and we look forward to serving our new customers in the area with the ‘clean places, friendly faces’ Love’s is known for.”

The truck stop will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It will employ 40 people and have 80 parking spaces for professional truck drivers and a Love’s Truck Tire Care center.

Bill Martin, Quad-Cities Chamber of Commerce senior vice president of economic development and president of Quad-Cities First, and Meeker said there will be more development coming soon in the industrial center.

“We look forward to this being the first of a number of new developments in the industrial park,” Martin said.

Meeker said he expects to make more announcements about development there this summer.

(2) comments

hw0671

I know Iowa 80 has a sit-down restaurant. Arby's is at the Pilot Truck Stop across the street from them.

MsMatch

Ewww, Arby's, really? The Arby's out at the I-80 truck stop is just awful. Why not an old-fashioned cafe-type restaurant. Arby's or Denny's, guess who will get the business.

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