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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Pilot Flying J will acquire seven Bosselman travel centers located in Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota and Nebraska. According to Bosselman Travel Centers Inc., the acquisition will not include its flagship store, located just south of Grand Island, Neb., on Interstate 80.
Pilot Flying J's acquisition is expected to close on Jan. 5. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
"Pilot Flying J is pleased to add these Bosselman travel centers to its network," said Pilot Flying J President and CEO Jimmy Haslam in a company news release. "Bosselman facilities are well run, have always had a strong focus on serving the professional driver as well as the traveling motorist, and already offer many of the same amenities as Pilot Flying J. Pilot Flying J has no doubt that these travel centers will transition smoothly into the Pilot Flying J network."
Chuck Bosselman, Bosselman's chairman of the board, said it was difficult to sell stores that had special meaning to the company for many years. However, changing times and a challenging economy led Bosselman to focus more on truck repair shops and full service restaurants.
"The sale to Pilot Flying J will allow Bosselman to further expand its Boss Truck Shop network nationwide and to add additional variety to Pilot Flying J's network of full service restaurants through the addition of Grandma Max's Restaurants," he said. "Our hope is that the professional driver will receive outstanding customer service through all facets of the travel center."
Pilot and Bosselman are no strangers when it comes to working together. In 2004, the two companies entered into a trademark license and service agreement where Pilot used its trademark at several of the acquired locations. Hence, many customers will see the same Pilot Flying J signage at interstate facilities after the deal closes.