Bosselmans to sell seven locations to Pilot-Flying J

| Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Truckers shouldn’t see any big changes when Pilot-Flying J takes over seven of the eight  Bosselman Travel Centers early next year.

Charlie Bosselman explained to Land Line Now that the group had a previous relationship with Pilot Corp. and that, taking a hard look at the economy, they just didn’t see a lot of growth potential for the truck stops.

That doesn’t mean the Bosselmans are leaving the industry all together. In fact, he said that the group will be keeping their flagship truck stop in Grand Island, NE, and the Boss Truck Shops will still be around.

In fact, while the truck stop business may not have had the growth potential to suit the Bosselmans, the Boss Shops show real potential, he said. In fact, they see potential to increase from 34 locations to 60 or more within three years.

Still, he notes that the Bosselman family has been operating truck stops for 63 years.
“It’s a sad day for us, a lot of those locations we’ve been operating since the late ’60s. We’ve remodeled several times; built from the ground up; and put a lot of work into it,” Charlie told Land Line Now. “We’re still going to be in those facilities, still going to operate the restaurants, still going to operate the Boss Shops. We still have hotels on the property. We’re going to be in and around them quite a bit.”

Bosselman’s is based in Grand Island, and has about 1,400 employees at eight Midwestern locations. Charlie Bosselman said that the majority of the employees will be keeping their jobs through the transition.

Pilot-Flying J is out of Knoxville, TN, and has about 18,000 employees at more than 550 locations in the US and Canada. 

Land Line Now News Anchor Reed Black contributed to this report.