In 1948, Fred Bosselman, a farmer and part-time truck driver, and his wife, Maxine, opened Bosselman & Eaton Truck Stop on U.S. Highway 30 in Grand Island, Nebraska, with his brother Charles and brother-in-law Al Eaton and sister Charlotte Eaton. Over the years, this location developed a reputation for good food and good service. In 1965, Fred Bosselman built the Bosselman Truck Plaza at the intersection of the new Interstate 80 and U.S. Highway 281 at Grand Island. Known at the time as the "Truck Stop of Tomorrow," this location became a landmark on I-80 and has successfully served the public for 50 years.
Over the years, the business became a family affair with the addition of Fred's sons, daughters and their spouses. The company grew and expanded into many new ventures, including convenience stores, additional truck plaza locations, fuel and propane services, transportation services, restaurants, truck repair shops, and lodging. The company was supervised by Fred Bosselman and his sons, Fred Bosselman Jr. and Chuck Bosselman.
Fred Bosselman passed away at the age of 89 in his home in Grand Island on July 27, 2006. He was buried in the Grand Island Cemetery, across the street from the corporate office, and will always be able to keep an eye on his company.
Eventually the company divided into two entities, retail and energy.
Early in 2012, Chuck Bosselman passed away after a battle with cancer. He was also buried in the Grand Island Cemetery. Fred Bosselman, Jr. now oversees Bosselman Energy while Charlie Bosselman and Brandi Bosselman oversee the Bosselman Companies. The original Bosselman & Eaton Truck Stop location still serves the public today, now as a modern Pump & Pantry. The first Bosselman Truck Plaza is still thriving as the Bosselman Travel Center at I-80 and Hwy 281.
Currently, the Bosselman Companies are headquartered in Grand Island, Nebraska, and own and operate: 45 Pump & Pantry convenience stores; 43 Boss Shops; the Bosselman Travel Center; a Hampton Inn, 3 Pump & Pantry Motels, a Quality Inn & Suites, a Comfort Inn & Suites and 4 Motel 6 franchises; 1 Grandma Max's and 2 Max's Highway Diner Restaurants, 1 Quaker Steak & Lube, and Sam Bass' Saloon & Steakhouse; Food Courts including Subway, Little Caesars, and Caribou Coffee; and the Nebraska Danger Indoor Professional Football Team. This family organization is now in its third generation and has expanded across the nation in 23 states with over 1,400 employees.