A Sabetha-based trucking company has plans to construct a large convenience store and two other facilities along Interstate 35 near Wellsville later this spring. Keim TS, a flatbed and dry van cargo transportation company, will construct the multi-building facility on the northeast corner of I-35 and Kansas Highway 33, officials confirmed Thursday.

“The first, and probably most important, is a large convenience store that will sell some grocery items as well as warm food such as fresh chicken, pizza and Mexican dishes,” company owner Stan Keim said.

Packaged foods as well as burgers, hot dogs and salads will also be available. Keim said the large store will feature several coolers, offering a variety of beverages, as well as a soda fountain, and freshly brewed coffees and teas.

Gasoline fuel pumps will be located in front of the store, while diesel pumps will be located on the backside of the business. Keim said the store will offer ample parking for cars and trucks as well as overnight parking for larger trucks.

Other construction plans include building a two-bay wash facility that can easily accommodate most vehicles, including large trucks and farm equipment. An building for Keim TS staff will also be built on the property.

“The building will contain some Keim TS operation staff as well as a sales staff,” he said. “A CDL-training program called ‘Breaker, Breaker’ will (also) operate out of this building.”

Keim, who purchased the business from his parents in 1997, said his company is an over-the-road logistics provider that has been in operation for several decades. The company provides service out of terminals in Fort Dodge, Iowa, Jasper, Tenn., (Chattanooga) and Sabetha. Each year, the company hauls more than 50,000 flatbed and dry van cargo loads throughout the lower 48 states.

“We chose Wellsville as a future primary transportation center because of the wonderful people in the community, and it’s close proximity to the Kansas City area,” he said. “We do a large amount of business in the area already, and believe Wellsville is a place we need to be.”

Construction is expected to begin sometime between late March and early April and, with good weather, should be completed in nine months. Keim said the company will need 30-40 employees for the facility and hopes to add up to 50 local and over-the-road driving positions.

What makes his company different from other trucking companies, he said, is its experience in the flatbed cargo field.

“We are specialized in the flatbed segment of trucking,” he said. “We know our customers and our employees on a personal basis. That is what makes Keim TS and (its) affiliates the place to be.”