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Loves RV Park

Bill Gleason, senior real estate project manager with Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores, answers questions during the Normal Town Council meeting Monday, Sept. 20, 2021, in council chambers at Uptown Station. Credit: Michele Steinbacher

A 30-acre truck stop and travel center should open next year near the junction of interstates 55, 39, and 74, after Monday’s (Sept. 20) unanimous vote from the Normal (Ill.) Town Council, according to WGLT.

The Love’s Travel Stop & Country Store will be just off Main Street, north of I-55. The area will include nearly 100 spaces for truck parking, plus an RV park able to handle about 60 RVs. Other planned features include a Bojangles chain restaurant, convenience store and a Speedco tire and repair shop.

“Our business model is to come into a community, and be partners, and make it a win-win for everybody, including the neighbors and the town,” said Bill Gleason, senior real estate project manager with the Oklahoma City-based company. He said after the meeting that Love’s plans construction in the spring, with a projected six- to eight-month timeline to opening.

Normal has owned the 30 acres of farmland for nearly 50 years. On Monday, besides rezoning the farmland as B-1, general business, the council approved a site plan, a preliminary subdivision plan, and conditionally approved a final plat for the project.

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