(Oklahoma City) - Tom and Judy Love leased an abandoned filling station in Watonga in 1964.
Now, 50 years later, the couple is opening a branch of Love’s Travel Stops in Cumberland, Maryland.
The gas and convenience store chain will open up to 30 new stores this year.
Love's typically adds about 20 stores per year.
Tom Love says the company looks forward to an "unprecedented year of building.
He says, "Our unwavering commitment to our customers has been a significant force that's driven us full-speed into the 50 years of Love's. We've never shifted focus. We're growing so that we can meet the growing needs of our customers."
The company now has 312 locations in 39 states and more than 10,000 employees.
Love's will also continue to expand its Truck Tire Care centers. Facilities will be expanded to accommodate more services.
The company is also adding compressed natural gas (CNG) to select fueling stations nationwide this year.
Love's remains a family-owned company and was recently ranked ninth in Forbes Magazine's annual listing of America's Largest Private Companies.
Tom Love says, "Many companies are still struggling due to the economy, but we're fortunate to maintain our growth status. I'm proud of how far we've come.”