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7/12/2013 3:59:00 PM
City of Williams approves sign variance for Loves Travel Stop
Council members approve 558 square foot sign at July 11 meeting
Love's Travel Stop plans to open a location at the Grand Canyon Blvd. exit off I-40 in Williams.
Love's Travel Stop plans to open a location at the Grand Canyon Blvd. exit off I-40 in Williams.
Williams-Grand Canyon News

Local residents gave a visible "sign" during the July 11 Williams city Council meeting that they are all for a Love's Travel Stop coming to Williams.

After a public hearing that saw every resident who spoke in support of the business, Williams City Council unanimously approved a variance that will allow the second largest travel stop in the country to erect a large free-standing sign advertising Love's and displaying current gas prices.

Love's asked for the variance so truckers can easily see the sign, have enough time to maneuver on the interstate and know where to stop safely.

Williams' sign ordinance states the maximum height for a freestanding sign should not exceed 60 feet and a maximum size of 300 square feet. A typical Love's high-rise sign is more than 1,000 square feet, but the Oklahoma-based travel stop is reducing the size to 558 square feet to better accommodate the city's ordinance.

The July 17 edition of the Williams-Grand Canyon News will feature a complete story on the variance and city council meeting

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Article comment by: johnny Jackson

Need the sign because of traffic concerns?? If a trucker misses the exit, they can go 2 more miles and turn around and come back. What a lame excuse to get a huge sign that does not meet the city ordinance. The council is totally gutless to let this happen. Letting a big company bully you into giving them special considerations is pathetic. Thinking they are going to sell cheap gas is a laugh. They are going to get as much for a gallon of gasoline as they can, just like any other gas station operation. Since when did having a truck stop make a city better?

Posted: Monday, July 15, 2013
Article comment by: Happy Resident

If a large sign brings some needed competition to those local gas vendors that are overcharging us now - We should offer that to a Frys and other stores to get some competition for other necessities'

Posted: Saturday, July 13, 2013
Article comment by: George Strait

Why would this even be allowed? Does this mean every other business can put up huge signs if this Love's does make its way to good old williams? I sure doubt it. I can't believe some of the things I heard at the meeting for this. Do we even need a Love's here, it really isn't going to do a favor for Williams is it?

Posted: Friday, July 12, 2013
Article comment by: Mike Benham

Sorry but I think this is wrong and apparently my views were not presented by the people to whom I expressed them because I am against this truck stop. As the saying states: There goes the neighborhood!! They claim they will bring lots of jobs, maybe but they will probably bring people to fill most of them. Also remember when the Railroad said they would always keep their main office here? Where is it now? Mike Benham

Posted: Friday, July 12, 2013
Article comment by: Williams Resident I

Yes! Good call for the city council, especially since they have already approved other signs for business' in Williams.
This should open a few jobs for local people who want to work, hopefully gas prices will be closer to Pilot's in Bellemont.
Really don't want to see any local stations close but with this economy competition is good and monopolies are out...
Now let's all see if we can't get a good Subway to open in there also.

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