The new Love’s Travel Stop & Country Store and the Arby’s restaurant near the Chanute exit of US-169 at 35th Street will open Thursday morning, completing the first two businesses of the development.
The Arby’s restaurant will open for breakfast at 7 am Thursday. A representative for Love’s Travel Stop & Country Store did not have a specific time for opening, but said it would be as soon as the workers were ready Thursday morning.
The Chanute Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon-cutting at NOON Friday. Opening of the Holiday Inn Express at the plaza is scheduled for later this summer.
From 10 am to 1 pm Thursday, participants can spin a prize wheel at Arby’s to win free fries and shakes or other items. Arby’s also has been mailing coupons to Chanute residents.
Love’s representative Kealey Dorian said the company will make a $2,000 donation to the group Communities in Schools of Mid-America at the ribbon-cutting.
“We were so pleased when this opportunity to co-brand with Love’s Travel Stop was brought to our attention,” said John Davis, CEO of United States Beef Corp., the franchisee of this Arby’s. “It was an ideal location.”
The plaza at 35th Street and Blue Comet Avenue is east of the south Chanute exit from US-169. The Arby’s portion of the plaza is 2,688 square feet with seating for 66 people and a drive-through.
The Chanute location will be the 342nd Arby’s restaurant owned by US Beef, based in Tulsa, Okla. The company is the largest Arby’s franchisee, operating all the locations in Oklahoma, plus others in a total of eight states, Vice President of Corporate Communications Fred Fleischner said. It also owns six Taco Bueno restaurants in northwest Arkansas.
Fleischner said most of the locations are stand-alone units, although the company also has a co-branded unit in a travel center in Missouri. The company plans to construct 12 locations during 2017.
The Chanute Love’s will be the 417th location for the Oklahoma City-based company. It will offer fresh-cut fruits, cold sandwiches and other convenience items along with professional truck driver supplies such as small electronics and mobile accessories.
Davis said the Chanute Arby’s restaurant will feature a new design on the exterior and interior. Besides energy-efficient food service equipment with LED lighting, it also has the Delight line where customers can watch their sandwich being made along the front counter.
“This restaurant has a fresh, new color palette and strong geometric shapes and elements,” Davis said. “When you walk into our dining area, you’ll experience multicolor wood materials, modern lighting and chalkboard graphics. It’s the perfect environment to serve up a variety of deli-inspired sandwiches, including our iconic classic roast beef.”
The Arby’s restaurant will be open 7 am to 11 pm seven days a week, and Love’s will be open 24 hours.
Love’s has stores in 40 states and opened 47 locations in 2016, with plans to open 50 more this year. The travel stop will provide two showers for professional drivers and 38 truck parking spaces. The Love’s area is 6,500 square feet, and there are six fuel pumps for automobiles and three diesel pumps for trucks.The project broke ground in June.