The Love’s Travel Stop north of Edon on Ohio 49 has officially opened, bringing with it numerous jobs, revenue potential and a new foray into land with potential for serious development just off the Ohio Turnpike.

To be exact, it’s 60 jobs and 111 truck parking spaces, as well as nine diesel bays, according to a news release from Love’s, which found itself packed full around noon Thursday.

The opening marks the culmination of long-term work by entities like the Williams County Commissioners and Williams County Economic Development Corporation and the local school district to set the land there on a course for commercial development.

The opening also marks the 500th location for Love’s.

“Opening our 499th store in St. Clair, Michigan, and our 500th store in Edon, Ohio, is a huge milestone for Love’s,” said Tom Love, founder and executive chairman of Love’s. “These two locations will become important parts of our story. When we opened our first store in 1964, we couldn’t have imagined how the company would grow and we wouldn’t be here today without our loyal customers and employees.”

The facility is 8,000 square feet, sits on a 50-acre tract and houses an Arby’s and Speedco on site, as well as a fresh kitchen concept, a Mobile to Go Zone, CAT scale, dog park and shower and laundry facilities.

To commemorate the occasion, Love’s is donating $2,000 to the Four County Career Center technical school in Archbold.

In April, Edon Northwest Local Schools, Four County Career Center, Love’s and applicable governmental entities like Northwest Township and the Williams County Commissioners agreed on terms to create a 30-year tenured tax increment financing (TIF) district, to put property tax revenue from the area toward infrastructure improvements. The process was facilitated by WEDCO. School districts will receive annual payments in lieu of taxation regarding the area.

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