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Former Big Lots exec joins C-suite at Love’s Travel Stops

Love’s Travel Stops has 639 locations.
Love’s Travel Stops has 639 locations.

Love’s Travel Stops is expanding its C-suite with a new role.

The travel stop retailer has hired Eddie Burt as the company’s first chief supply chain officer, effective July 10. Burt is a retail veteran with 30 years of experience in roles across distribution, transportation, merchandising, human resources, loss prevention, real estate operations and store maintenance and repair.

Burt joins Love’s from Big Lots, where he has served as executive VP, chief supply chain officer since January 2021. Prior to joining Big Lots in 2019, Burt spent three years as GNC, including serving as executive VP, merchandising and supply chain. He also held executive positions at Tuesday Morning and PetSmart.

In his new role, Burt will oversee operational control of Love’s supply chain, including optimizing the company’s truck care distribution network and growing its non-consumable retail supply chain network.

“Love’s completed a six-month executive search to find the right leader to guide our supply chain efforts into the future, and we’re excited to have Eddie Burt join our team,” said Roger Ahuja, Love’s executive VP of operations, Love, which in April said it would invest more than $1 billion in updating 200 locations during the next five years.  “Eddie will optimize Love’s existing supply chain network and help the company develop additional supply chain capabilities.”

In working for top retailers, Burt has established strategy for supply chain infrastructure and capability investments to meet growth needs, Love’s said.

“I couldn’t be more excited to join the team at Love’s,” Burt said. “I’m looking forward to learning more about every facet of the business and determining how a strong supply chain can be even more of a competitive advantage for the company.”

Love’s Travel Stops is a leading travel stop network with 639 Love’s locations in 42 states. Founded in 1964 and headquartered in Oklahoma City, the family-owned and operates company provides professional truck drivers and motorists with 24-hour access to clean and safe places to purchase gasoline, diesel fuel, fresh coffee, restaurant offerings and more.

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