Bosselman Cos. Rolling Out New 'Hometown' Design

Breaks ground on Chapman Pump & Pantry location; AMBEST honors Chuck Bosselman

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. -- After a fire destroyed the Chapman, Neb., Pump & Pantry on May 23, 1012, the Bosselman Cos. broke ground to rebuild the location on October 2. This store will introduce the new "Hometown" building concept that the Bosselman Cos. will use for future builds and remodels.

A new streamlined look, contemporary design and upgraded ambience will highlight the new structure. A turret will serve as a coffee bar area, and the interior will feature hard surface countertops and cherry woodwork for a modern appeal. At just under 2,000 square feet, the store will still offer all the amenities of a more than 3,000-square-foot store.

A new mascot, Bones, the Pump & Pantry husky dog, welcomed customers at the main entrance.

The store offers a full selection of hot drinks and fountain beverages, bottled drinks, snacks, beer, and quick-serve foods, as well as fuels.

"We are pleased to be able to rebuild our Chapman store as well as roll out a brand new look and feel to our line of Pump & Pantry locations," Bosselman president Charlie Bosselman said. "We are grateful to the community of Chapman for supporting us in the past and look forward to being back in the community in the near future. This store will continue to provide quick, friendly hometown service to our Chapman area customers."

The company expects to complete the new store in January 2013.

In other company news, the AMBEST truckstop network's board recently presented its first Lifetime Achievement Award honoring the late Chuck Bosselman in a ceremony held at the AMBEST 24th Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tenn.

Founded in 1948, Bosselman Cos., a privately held company based in Grand Island, Neb., owns and operates 47 Pump & Pantry convenience stores; 38 Boss Shops; the Bosselman Travel Center; a Hampton Inn, three Pump & Pantry Motels and six Motel 6 franchises; six Grandma Max's and Max's Highway Diner Restaurants, Sam Bass' Saloon & Steakhouse, and Schmooter's Bar & Casino; Food Courts including Subway, Little Caesars, and Caribou Coffee; the Nebraska Danger Indoor Professional Football Team and have expanded throughout 22 states with more than 1,200 employees.

A family company in its third generation, Bosselman's has been a leader in community service for 64 years and has supported the local communities through financial contributions, support of youth scholarships, community events and volunteer efforts of employees.

Bosselman passed away in January (see Related Content below for previous CSP Daily News coverage). His family was present to receive the award on his behalf.

Bosselman served as the AMBEST chairman from 1994 to 1995 and contributed to the success of AMBEST from its inception in 1988. His extraordinary entrepreneurial spirit made him a leader in the truckstop industry for more than 45 years, the group said.

Board chairman Mark Sykes cited Bosselman's inspirational passion and relentless determination to advance the mission of AMBEST. He also expressed heartfelt appreciation for Bosselman's innovative contributions to AMBEST and the truckstop industry.

Steve Allen, president of AMBEST, said of Bosselman, "He was long in vision, deep in character and wide in his sphere of influence."

Founded in 1988, AMBEST is a member-owned nationwide network of 188 individually owned and operated truckstops and service centers located in 39 states. AMBEST's driver rewards program "AMBUCK$" is the oldest loyalty card program in the industry. Bosselman was the driving force behind the AMBUCK$ driver rewards program.