Open for business
Truck stop, motel reopen with new owners, new name
WILLIAMS — The Jay Bros. Truck Shop and Circle S Motel are up and running.
The Jay Bros is a new name but the location is familiar. The business was formerly known as Boondocks, USA, at the intersection of Interstate 35 and County Road D-25 at the Williams exit.
Owned by Harry and Shelley Chaudhari and managed by their sons Jay and Parth, the truck stop and motel re-opened in May and has been undergoing renovations and remodeling.
Throughout the summer, landscaping was done at the front of the property. Gas and diesel pumps with chip-reading credit card capabilities are expected to be operational by the end of July. Despite being an independently owned fuel station, the Jay Bros offers competitive rates.
“It’s just a simple Mom and Pop kind of thing,” explained Parth Chaudhari.
Inside, coolers hold a variety of soda, water and sports drinks. A large selection of snacks and refreshments are also on display. Future plans include stocking items for a small grocery section, he said.
The Chaudharis bought the long-running Boondocks business from Bob and Miriam Welch and closed on the deal in February. The Boondocks was a multi-faceted business with a gas station, convenience store, restaurant, service station and motel.
While the Circle S Motel and the Jay Bros Truck Shop opened in May, other parts of the business remain a work in progress, said Parth.
“The service and repair center needs tools and service personnel,” he said. The Chaudharis are open to the possibility that a contractor rent the space for their own operation.
Plans are to re-open the restaurant once updating and renovations are complete, said Parth. The family owns and operates the popular Taste of India off of I-80 in Lexington, Nebraska and Parth expects that the Jay Bros will offer a culinary variety including American and Indian cuisine.
“There is a lot of opportunity here,” said Parth. “But we have to do it one thing at a time.”