KOA And Love’s Travel Stops Team Up For New Campground
Truck stops, like Love’s, are essential to the RV lifestyle. These pit stops offer a slew of conveniences, including fuel, travel items, snacks, restaurant offerings, and more. Some stations also allow weary RVers to park and catch a quick nap or sleep in their RV overnight. (RV-specific parking spots are ideal so RVs do not take up the truck spots.)
Aside from its growing network of hotels and storage rental locations, Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores Inc. is branching out further in the hospitality realm with campgrounds. With the help of Kampgrounds of America Inc., Love’s will be opening its first-ever KOA campground, McComb KOA Journey, at a truck stop location in McComb, Mississippi.
“As we began to consider adding camping to our portfolio of hospitality offerings, KOA just made sense,” said Kevin McCarthy, director of special projects for Love’s. “Both Love’s and KOA have a nearly 60-year track record of being at the forefront of their industries. We really think the combined expertise of these brands makes for a powerful partnership.”
The franchise agreement between Love’s and KOA was announced in May. Plans to open more KOA locations have yet to be publicized. The McComb KOA Journey is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year.
Compared to its other campground types–KOA Holiday and KOA Resort–KOA Journey campgrounds have a convenient set-up. They are located near highways and byways, have long pull-through sites, offer after-hour check-in service, and sell RV supplies in the camp store.
“We are thrilled to have Love’s Travel Stops join the KOA Family of Campgrounds,” said Larry Brownfield, KOA senior director of franchise development. “We know that with the power of the KOA brand and Love’s history of providing quality amenities and services to motorists, this new campground will be a resounding success.”
An RVer’s perspective
Jason Epperson of RV Miles speculates, “I wouldn’t expect these to be just small campsites attached to a truck stop if Love’s portfolio of hotels is any indication. Love’s operates full-service Holiday Inn Express, Microtel, and Fairfield Inn accommodations that most people wouldn’t realize have any affiliation with the neighboring trucker’s oasis.”
He reports on the KOA/Love’s franchise agreement in his news brief below, beginning at time stamp 1:33.
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