Open for business

Truck stop, motel reopen with new owners, new name

— Daily Freeman-Journal photos by Teresa Wood Jay Bros Truck Stop and Circle S Motel at the Williams exit on I-35 opened on May 15 and is managed by brothers Parth and Jay Chaudhari. The business, formally known as Boondocks, was purchased in February by Chaudhari’s parents Harry and Shelley. The business has operating diesel and gas fuel pumps while it is also in the process of updating fuel pumps and restaurant equipment, said Parth Chaudhari.

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.

The truck stop currently carries a variety of snack and beverage options with plans to carry an inventory of grocery items such as bread and milk. Parth Chaudhari stands next to the display.

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.”